Clinical Education Experiences

As a DPT-Entry student at WesternU you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and refine your skills during clinical education experiences in the 2nd, 6th, 8th and 9th semesters of the curriculum.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Semester
Length
Setting
2nd
2 weeks
Clinical setting with which you are least familiar
6th
12 weeks
Out-patient orthopedic or in-patient clinical setting
8th
12 weeks
Out-patient orthopedic or in-patient clinical setting*
9th
12 weeks
Any setting in which you work with neurological diagnoses**
*Setting in the 8th semester will be whichever was not experienced in the 6th semester
**Settings in the 8th & 9th semesters may be switched with each other
PT Student Kimberly Bautista

These clinical settings and experiences were selected as they represent the foundational areas of physical therapy practice and will prepare you for the National Physical Therapy Examination and to work in a variety of settings upon graduation.

Our students gain clinical experience at more than 300 facilities across the country, from California to New York, plus Hawaii and Alaska.  At these facilities our students gain clinical experience in a variety of settings including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, private practices, Indian reservations and more!

With the early and lengthy exposure to clinical experience gained as a part of WesternU’s DPT program you will be more than prepared to meet the demands of your career in physical therapy!

“I loved the hands on practice with the faculty, classmates, and standardized patients. It not only sharpened my ability to put into practice what I learned, but also strengthened my interpersonal skills.”

-Student, DPT 2010