DOCTOR of PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICAL EDUCATION EXPERIENCES

To enter the field of physical therapy with a competitive edge, graduates need to be confident, autonomous practitioners. At Regis University, in addition to outstanding education in the classroom, students also participate in 38 weeks of clinical experience. DPT students complete an initial 6-week clinical rotation in the second year of the program, followed by an 8-week experience; and end the program by completing two consecutive 12-week or one 24-week internship. The clinical component of the program takes place off-campus in quality clinical settings across the country in a variety of concentration areas. To enhance student clinical experience, students must complete a minimum of one clinical experience outside of Colorado, and one experience in a rural setting.

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WHAT MAKES REGIS UNIVERSITY'S DPT CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM UNIQUE?

Clinical Education Scholar Program (CESP): Our Clinical Instructors can utilize our Clinical Educator Scholar Program and our network of Post-professional DPT and Manual Therapy Fellowship alumni. Clinical Faculty that mentor a minimum of one or two students a year can qualify for a range of benefits from library access to tuition credit in the Regis Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program. The CESP program allows us to foster a close relationship with our clinical faculty to provide learning experiences for students that are aligned with our curriculum and mission.

Alternative and Global Health Experiences: Students have the opportunity to complete a 1-3 week alternative clinical experience in specialized areas of practice.

  • Domestic alternatives are available in American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) advocacy, women’s health, orthotics, hippotherapy, canine rehabilitation and more.
  • International opportunities currently include Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Peru. Students with a passion for global health issues can apply to the RHCHP Global Health Pathway, which is an inter-professional curricular thread that expands a student's understanding of managing health issues facing global populations

Clinical Site Liaison Program: To best partner with our clinical faculty and to provide the best student experiences possible each clinical site has a designated Clinical Education Team member who is their liaison and builds strong individual clinical partnerships.

Clinical Education Advisors: Each Regis DPT student is assigned a Clinical Advisor. The Clinical Advisor is available to help each student determine which potential clinical sites best fit their educational goals and works with the clinical instructor(s) and student to maximize all aspects of the learning experience.

Clinical Faculty Development: The school offers APTA Basic Credentialed Clinical Instructor training along with other clinical faculty opportunities.