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PT - Physical Therapy (D.P.T)

Clinical Education


Clinical EducationClinical education is an important part of the physical therapy curriculum. It is the time for students to apply and expand the knowledge and skills they have learned in class.

During clinical experiences, all FGCU, College of health Professions, and Department of Physical Therapy and Human Performance Policies are applicable. Students must adhere to these as well as the policies and procedures of the affiliated clinical sites they are assigned to. The following links and documents will serve as a reference and guide in matters related to clinic to all students, academic and clinical faculty:

Students are assigned to a wide range of facilities in order to assure experiences with patients having a variety of diagnoses/disabilities, ages, and practice parameters. Each student will gain experience working with patients with orthopedic, neurological, and medical diagnoses. In addition, each student must participate in the inpatient and outpatient perspectives and have the opportunity to experience patients throughout the lifespan. Management concepts must be a part of the student's clinical experience. Students have the opportunity to examine information about specific clinics prior to submitting a list of top choices. Students will not be assigned more than once to a facility unless the learning experiences are significantly different.