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, at or 605-658-6367 or the Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Amanda Adamson, at 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.




Program Information

Clinical Instruction



Clinical Education Dates:

Summer 2018 Class of 2020 PHTH 724 Clinical Education I June 25 - August 3, 2018
 Fall 2018 Class of 2019 PHTH 762 Clinical Education II August 13 - October 5, 2018
 Fall 2018 Class of 2019  PHTH 764 Clinical Education III October 15 - December 7, 2018
 Spring 2019 Class of 2019  PHTH 772 Clinical Education IV January 2 - February 26, 2019
 Spring 2019 Class of 2019  PHTH 774 Clinical Education V March 4 - April 26, 2019
 Summer 2019 Class of 2021 PHTH 724 Clinical Education I  June 24 - August 2, 2019
 Fall 2019 Class of 2020 PHTH 762 Clinical Education II August 12 - October 4, 2019
Fall 2019 Class of 2020 PHTH 764 Clinical Education III October 14 - December 6, 2019


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

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

Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Amanda Adamson, PT, DPT, OCS
Sanford Coyote Sports Center
Office A381
Office: 605-658-6371
Fax: 605-658-5637