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UNC-CH physical therapy students are required to have at least one rotation that satisfies each of these categories:

Acute care

  • 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.


Jennifer Cooke, PT, DPT
Email Dr. Cooke
(919) 843-8696

Lisa B. Johnston PT, MS, DPT
(919) 843-5723

Clinical Education Assistant:
Benita Burton

Email the director of clinical education