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Clinical Education

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 or 605-658-6367.


We host the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program courses (Basic and Advanced) and more information can be received by contacting Dr. Joy Karges-Brown.




Program Information

Clinical Instruction


Clinical Education Dates:

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
Fall 2021 Class of 2022 PHTH 762 Clinical Education II August 16 - October 8, 2021
Fall 2021 Class of 2022 PHTH 764 Clinical Education III October 18 - December 10, 2021
Spring 2022 Class of 2022 PHTH 772 Clinical Education IV January 3 - February 25, 2022
Spring 2022 Class of 2022 PHTH 774 Clinical Education V March 2 - April 26, 2022

For more information regarding the clinical education experience and requirements, please contact:

Director of Clinical Education
Joy R. Karges-Brown, PT, EdD, MS
Sanford Coyote Sports Center
Office A380
Office: 605-658-6367
Fax: 605-658-5637