Clinical Education

Students walking on UB's South Campus.

Clinical education is the central component of our DPT program. It prepares you to use your academic training in a real-world clinical setting.

Each of the clinical rotations are separated by time spent in the classroom. This learning experience allows you to put concepts from the classroom into practice, and then bring real-world experience back into the classroom.

Our graduates cite this comprehensive training as the key to helping them attain jobs by the time they graduate or soon after.

Clinical Experiences

Students have a full 52 weeks of clinical experience. This is more time than nearly any other program in the nation. Clinical experiences are held in a variety of settings, including at least:

  • One acute care hospital
  • One neurological rehabilitation, long-term care, sub-acute care or outpatient clinical setting
  • One outpatient orthopedic clinic

Remaining clinicals may be in pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, hand therapy, wound/burn care or other specialty areas discussed with the director of clinical education.

Clinical Site Selection

Our department maintains clinical affiliation agreements with 975 health care facilities throughout the United States. You will choose your clinical sites by a lottery system and in consultation with the director of clinical education.

To learn more about the clinical site selection process and other policies and procedures, review the DPT Clinical Education Manual.