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 2015:

Jared Casazza - "I am very thankful for the thorough education that I received because without all the challenges I would not be nearly as confident in my practice as I am today."

Class of 2016:

Alison Phillips - "Without a doubt, being part of the RUDPT program is one of the best decisions I have ever made."

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 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."