The USD PT Clinical Education program requires five full-time clinical experiences along with integrated one-day clinicals throughout the curriculum. Students complete a six-week rotation after their first didactic year in the program and complete the four remaining eight-week rotations in the final year. The program is contracted with over 200 clinical sites, in various settings including hospitals, schools, private practices, outpatient clinics, VA facilities, rehab facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.
Clinical sites are currently available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. We also have an international clinical site available in Australia.
For our Clinical Instructors
Our clinical education curriculum is designed to challenge our students to excel in a challenging and complex healthcare environment. We rely on our clinical instructors to achieve this goal and we are committed to supporting our clinical partners in both their clinical teaching and clinical practice.
If you are interested in partnering with USDPT and becoming a clinical instructor or setting up a clinical contract, please contact the Director of Clinical Education, Joy Karges-Brown, at Joy.Karges@usd.edu or 605-658-6367 or the Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Amanda Adamson, at Amanda.Adamson@usd.edu or 605-658-6371.
Clinical instructors help support the curriculum of the Physical Therapy program. The clinicians who provide clinical experiences are required to obtain a clinical faculty appointment with the USD School of Health Sciences. Some of the benefits of this appointed position include library privileges and USD email access. If you are a clinical instructor and need to begin this process, please complete the abbreviated resume survey link.
We host the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program courses (Basic and Advanced) and more information can be received by contacting Dr. Joy Karges-Brown.
- Clinical Education Overview - embedded audio
- Clinical Education Handbook
- Attendance Policy & Absence Request Form
- Malpractice/Liability Insurance - email us
- Abbreviated Course Syllabi
- Clinical Education I
- Clinical Education II-V
- APTA Student Supervision Requirements
- Weekly Planning Form
- Inservice & Project Assessment Form
- Sample Student Goals
- Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI)
Clinical Education Dates:
|Fall 2020||Class of 2021||PHTH 762 Clinical Education II||September 14 - October 30, 2020|
|Fall 2020||Class of 2021||PHTH 764 Clinical Education III||November 2 - December 18, 2020|
|Spring 2021||Class of 2021||PHTH 772 Clinical Education IV||January 4 - February 26, 2021|
|Spring 2021||Class of 2021||PHTH 774 Clinical Education V||March 3 - April 27, 2021|
|Summer 2021||Class of 2022||PHTH 724 Clinical Education I||May 10 - June 18, 2021|
|Summer 2021||Class of 2023||PHTH 724 Clinical Education I||June 28 - August 6, 2021|
For more information regarding the clinical education experience and requirements, please contact:
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Director of Clinical Education