Clinical Education

The clinical education program consists of seven clinical experiences integrated into the academic curriculum.

Students are required to do two short experiences (one in acute care and one with a generalist Clinical Instructor) during the first year. Second-year students may choose the practice setting for the two short experiences in the second year.

For the three final internships, students are required to experience three major practice settings (acute care, outpatient musculoskeletal, and neurological rehabilitation). These seven experiences are intended to prepare our students as entry-level practitioners capable of working in any practice setting.

During clinical education experiences, DPT students are required to:

  • have personal health insurance;
  • provide their immunization history;
  • have a criminal background check completed upon entry into the program;
  • have reliable transportation to, from, and during the clinical experience;
  • and assume financial responsibility for room and board during each clinical assignment.

In addition, select clinical facilities may require the student to provide an updated criminal background check, a pre-clinical or random drug screen, or to be fingerprinted.

DPT 580 2-week clinical in the inpatient care
DPT 582 3-week clinical with a Generalist CI
DPT 680 2-week clinical in student's choice of practice area
DPT 780 2-week clinical in student's choice of practice area
DPT 781 8-week internship
DPT 782 8-week internship
DPT 784 10-week internship

See course descriptions

For more information on clinical education, please contact Lynn M. Frank, PT, DPT, ACCE at 563-333-6407 or or Kristin Ryan, PT, DPT, CLT at 563-333-5890 or

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Priscilla Weaver, PT, DPT, PhD, Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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