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Student Resources

Find resources and information to prepare for your clinical education experiences in KU's doctorate degree in physical therapy.

One of the primary missions of KU's physical therapy degree program is to develop caring physical therapists who exemplify the highest level of clinical expertise and knowledge. In this program, we look for individuals who will enrich the dignity and quality of the human experience by optimizing movement and maximizing functional potential.

Clinical education is an integral part of the KU physical therapy program. This includes providing you with opportunities to practice and apply the concepts and skills learned in the classroom to real-world patient care settings. Participation in a wide variety of experiences fosters the development of a well-rounded, versatile physical therapist and assists with the assessment of future career interests, goals and needs.

In your final year of the program, you'll engage in clinical settings for either three consecutive 12-week or four consecutive 9-week full-time experiences. The director of clinical education will coordinate all clinical placements. More than 250 clinical sites across the U.S. serve as potential training locations for our students. In addition, international clinical training opportunities are available — see details below.

During the matching process, your input is considered alongside factors like availability at each site. We will be happy to provide guidance as you prepare to fill out the clinical placement request forms.

We recommend you review the clinical education program policies and procedures (PDF) and view specific clinical education courses.

Review Professional Behavioral Criteria Levels for Physical Therapists (PDF)

International Sponsoring Institutions

The University of Kansas has existing relationships with the following educational partners, which offer a variety of training experiences and exposure to different health care systems. We invite you to explore these program's websites and contact the director of clinical education to discuss and arrange these international opportunities.

Arteveldehogeschool, Gent University
Gent, Belgium

Christian Medical College
Vellore India

Churches Health Association of Zambia

Great Ormond Street Hospital
London, England

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

University of Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

Medical Sciences of Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Manguzi Hospital
Manguzi, South Africa

Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Bangkok, Thailand

Universidad Santa Paula
San Jose, Costa Rica

University of Akureyri
Akureyri, Iceland

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Kansas City, KS 66160