Clinical Education (CE) Rotation Descriptions and Expectations

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 16 weeks on-campus 16 weeks on campus 13 weeks on campus
Year 2 6 weeks CE I | 10 weeks on-campus 16 weeks on campus 8 weeks CE || | 5 weeks on-campus
Year 3 7 weeks on-campus | 12 weeks CE III 12 weeks CE IV | 2 weeks on-campus

Clinical Education I - 6 weeks from late August to early October

At this point in the curriculum, the students have completed one year of academic preparation for lower extremity management including subjective histories, documentation, manual muscle testing, goniometry skills, transfer and gait training with assistive devices, and modalities. In addition, their coursework has included posture and gait analysis, initiation of therapeutic exercise strategies, cardiopulmonary management, and motor control/motor learning.

Regis University has created a CE I Student Assessment Tool that will be used instead of the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI). This Regis assessment tool is designed to help the clinical instructor (CI) and the student focus on the basic skill acquisition that is fundamental to this first clinical experience such as subjective exam, basic examination, gait and movement analysis, mobility training and beginner clinical reasoning and evaluation skills.

Clinical Education II - 8 weeks throughout May and June

Prior to CE II, students have completed two years of academic preparation that includes patient management courses across all practice settings. Depending on patient complexity and the uniqueness of the clinic setting, students generally will require CI supervision 50%-75% of the time. The expectation at the end of this rotation is for the students to be capable of managing 50% of the patient caseload.

Clinical Education III - 12 weeks from mid-October through December

Students have successfully completed the didactic portion of our program. By the end of this 12-week rotation, students should be capable of maintaining 75% or greater of a full-time entry level physical therapist’s caseload at the clinical facility.

Clinical Education IV - 12 weeks from mid-January to early April

These students have successfully completed the didactic portion of our program. By the end of this final 12-week internship, the student should be capable of maintaining a full-time entry level physical therapist’s caseload at the facility.  

Combined Clinical Education III and IV - 6 months from mid-October to early April with a 2-week break

The 6-month internship combines the goals of CE III and IV. The rationale for a longer experience is that students can participate more fully in aspects of site management in addition to patient care. Students are expected to contribute to the clinical site and are interviewed by the site prior to placement to ensure a good match. Examples of contributions might include: assisting in mentoring early rotation students, completion of special projects for business management or peer review. Students may have the added benefit of exposure to selected patient management skills beyond entry level CPI criteria.

Student Selection Process

Selection for clinical rotations occurs approximately six months prior to each clinical. Students are provided a list of available sites and have access to detailed information including past student feedback. Students are encouraged to meet with their Clinical Education Advisor to discuss their clinical site options. A computerized matching process is based on students’ preferential selections. However, a particular clinical site may require a student application and interview to determine the clinical assignment.

The clinical education component of the Regis University DPT program is recognized nationally for its contemporary and innovative approach to hands-on education. These experiences are a formula for success, proven by the 100% employment rate of recent graduates. Since 2007, all School of Physical Therapy graduates have found employment in the field within six months of completing the necessary licensure exams.