Clinical Education

Clinical Education Spotlights

The clinical education program supports the program’s mission in the following ways:

  • Provides opportunities for students to practice and hone skills and abilities learned within the program’s didactic coursework
  • Clinical experiences are required to be diverse

Students are required to participate in three (3) unpaid 12-week full-time clinical experiences as part of their professional education as shown below:

  • Year 1: 12-week placement mid-May to early August
  • Year 2: 12-week placement mid-May to early August
  • Year 3: 12-week placement generally January to mid-April

The program currently has clinical agreements with clinical sites throughout the United States and internationally. Students will be required to seek accommodations outside of the immediate Roanoke area for their clinical placements and should plan accordingly for housing and travel expenses. It is recommended that students budget an additional $3,000-$5,000 for clinical travel, accommodations, etc.

Please contact Radford University’s Financial Aid Office regarding requests for additional funding to cover living expenses.

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Student Testimonials

Class of 2024:

Chloe Byrum- "My clinic had several different disciplines within the clinic such as OT, PTA, speech, and chiropractic. I was able to take time to experience a day in the life with these healthcare providers. I also had the opportunity to observe orthopedic surgery during my clinic experience."

Class of 2024:

Cassidy Gilmore - "I chose RUC's DPT program because of the 12 week clinical rotations that are completed throughout the curriculum versus all at the end because it allows for growth and development of confidence as a clinician. After completing my first rotation in an outpatient clinic, I am assured that physical therapy is the right field for me."