DPT Clinical Education Overview

Clinical education is a vital component of the DPT curriculum. Our experiences offer students the opportunity to treat patients/clients with diseases and conditions representative of those seen in practice across the lifespan and the continum of care, and a chance to experience team care and an interdisciplinary approach to health services. Students can integrate and apply didactic knowledge, develop professional attitudes, and practice their clinical skills.

Are you at a clinic interested in working with our students? Contact our Director of Clinical Education today!

Lisa Hayes, PT, DPT
Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
Voice: (415) 514-6773
Email: [email protected]


Clinical Education Team

Sarah Pawlowsky, PT, DPT: Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Stephen Baxter, PT, MPT, DPT, EdD (c): Course Director of Integrate Clinical Experience Course

Christian Mendoza: Program Coordinator

Clinical Experience Courses

Students are required to complete a variety of clinical experiences in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Integrated clinical experiences are at local clinics and the full-time experiences take place at a variety of clinics and health care facilities throughout California and partnering states.

The DPT program consists of the following experiences:

Clinical Experience Occurence
PT 410 Integrated Clinical Experience Four full days in first year
PT 801 First Clinical Experience Summer of second year (full-time, 10 weeks)
PT 802 Intermediate Clinical Experience Winter of second year (full-time, 12 weeks)
PT 418 Terminal Clincal Experience Spring of third year (full-time, 12 weeks)

For a more detailed view of how the clinical education program fits into the curriculum, please see our curriculum graphic.