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Clinical Rotation Information

See clinical rotation information and scoring expectations for students in KU's Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Your clinical rotations are an essential component in your preparation for a career in physical therapy. This critical part of your training includes learning through the provision of service to diverse and underserved populations and learning the importance of ethical, compassionate care.

Courses and Syllabi

Full-Time Clinical Experience I (6-8 credit hours)
Nine to twelve weeks of full-time clinical experience. During the clinical rotation, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the D.P.T. curriculum or permission of instructor. The student should be able to integrate skills learned in didactic curriculum to achieve entry-level performance in all aspects of patient and practice management in selected settings including inpatient, outpatient and a setting of student’s interest.

View PTRS 920 Course Syllabus (PDF)

Full-Time Clinical Experience II (6-8 credit hours)
Nine to twelve weeks of full-time clinical experience. During the clinical rotation, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the D.P.T. curriculum or permission of instructor. The student should be able to integrate skills learned in didactic curriculum to achieve entry-level performance in all aspects of patient and practice management in selected settings including inpatient, outpatient and a setting of student’s interest.

View PTRS 921 Course Syllabus (PDF)

Full-Time Clinical Experience III (6-8 credit hours)
Nine to twelve weeks of full-time clinical experience. During the clinical rotation, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the D.P.T. curriculum or permission of instructor. The student should be able to integrate skills learned in didactic curriculum to achieve entry-level performance in all aspects of patient and practice management in selected settings including inpatient, outpatient and a setting of student’s interest.

View PTRS 922 Course Syllabus (PDF)

Full-Time Clinical Experience IV (2-6 credit hours)
Three to nine weeks of full-time clinical experience. During the clinical rotation, the student will have the opportunity to develop the patient care skills needed for successful practice as a physical therapist. The student will work under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the D.P.T. curriculum or permission of instructor. The student should be able to integrate skills learned in didactic curriculum to achieve entry-level performance in all aspects of patient and practice management in selected settings including inpatient, outpatient and a setting of student’s interest.

View PTRS 923 Course Syllabus (PDF)

Specialized Clinical Experience (2-6 credit hours)
Three to nine weeks of clinical experience. During the clinical rotation, the student will have the opportunity to have exposure to a different health care system such as an international clinical experience, or a specialized area of physical therapy practice. This course is also used as a bridge between the fall and spring semesters for 12 week full-time clinical experiences for maintaining the appropriately distributed credit hours. The student will be under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist in clinical settings affiliated with the program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first 7 semesters of the D.P.T. curriculum and permission of instructor. Students are expected to develop their own specific learning objectives and provide an annotated bibliography supporting their learning objectives and any applicable performance rubrics. Upon completion, the student will prepare and/or deliver a scholarly paper or presentation.

View PTRS 924 Course Syllabus (PDF)

** For complete, current information about courses and requirements in our Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Schedules

Explore the full-time clinical rotation schedules:

Scoring expectations

At midterm, you should minimally be halfway to the final expected score. On the final web-CPI assessment, you should score:

  • PTRS 920: Advanced intermediate or better
  • PTRS 921: Halfway between advanced intermediate and entry-level or better
  • PTRS 922: Entry-level or better
  • PTRS 923: Entry-level or better
KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 2002
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
ptrs@kumc.edu

913-588-6799