Clinical education is an integral part of our physical therapy curriculum. Clinical instructors (CIs), center coordinators for clinical education (CCCEs), and clinical education sites provide critical hands-on experiences for students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom alongside skilled and experienced clinicians. We appreciate the sites’ commitment to collaborating with us and are constantly seeking new partnerships. Please also see our Technical Standards and Essential Functions document for more guidance.
UNC-CH physical therapy students are required to have at least one rotation that satisfies each of these categories:
- Practice with acute care which may include intensive care, infection control, wound care, orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
- A comprehensive approach to management of the patient with major disabilities and usually requiring long-term care; an emphasis on neuromuscular diseases/disorders is preferred, although patients with cardiopulmonary or musculoskeletal problems may also be seen. Experiences include problem solving and planning, interaction with and integration of contribution of several health disciplines such as nursing, physicians, social service, occupational therapy, speech therapy and orthotics. Most pediatric experiences are included in this category.
- Includes acute and chronic musculoskeletal and other orthopedic problems. Patients with many other types of involvement such as neurological and cardiopulmonary dysfunction may also be seen, but an emphasis on musculoskeletal disorders is preferred. Clinicals emphasizing sports medicine fall into this category.
Underserved facilities or areas
- In an attempt to more accurately reflect the current state of physical therapy practice, we encourage students to consider experiences in subacute rehabilitation facilities, home health, rural outpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities, school systems, etc., as representing underserved practice settings.
Dana McCarty, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT
Lisa B. Johnston PT, MS, DPT
Clinical Education Assistant: