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Clinical Education

While a part of the Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, students complete a total of 38 weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) clinical education. During this time, students work with licensed Physical Therapists to enhance their clinical skills and gain more practical knowledge. The objectives of each clinical experience evolve as the level of coursework increases. Clinical education sites for full-time experiences are available throughout Michigan and the United States.

In addition to full-time clinical experiences, throughout the program students participate in clinical observation experiences that accompany academic classes. Through these observations, students gain an enhanced understanding of what they are studying in concurrent courses. A timeline is provided.


  • Third Semester (Spring/Summer): One, 5-week clinical education experience
  • Fifth Semester (Winter): One, 6-week clinical education experience
  • Seventh Semester (Fall): Two different 9-week clinical experiences
  • Ninth Semester (Spring/Summer): One, 9-week clinical experience

For additional information, please see the links to the Clinical Education Handbook, which is located below.