Clinical Education

Preparation for clinical education begins in the first professional semester with Clinical Education Orientation, a seminar style course introducing students to clinical education specific policies, procedures, and requirements. Clinical affiliations begin in the summer, immediately following the first professional year with Clinical Education I, a seven week, full-time placement. Clinical Education II and III span 14 weeks and occur in the summer between the second and third professional years. Clinical Education IV is the final 16-week affiliation occurring in the spring of the third professional year prior to completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and graduation. Students are responsible for tuition, housing, and/or travel expenses depending on clinical placement, including summer clinical affiliations.

Each student will complete a total of 37 weeks of Clinical Education during the professional phase of study. Students must have access to an automobile for clinical education assignments beginning in the first professional semester. Students should expect to travel and assume housing costs for at least one or more clinical affiliations depending on availability and placement. The cost of housing, meals, and transportation is dependent on the location of the clinical assignment. Clinical sites are available regionally and nationally. All students will complete at least one affiliation outside of Pennsylvania (or out of state). Attempts will be made to accommodate individual needs and desires for clinical placement; however, the Director of Clinical Education makes the final placement decision based on site availability and applicability, and student learning needs.

Students are required to complete a health assessment on admission to Lebanon Valley College and again prior to each clinical affiliation. Additional health requirements may be necessary based on the assigned clinical site and may include influenza vaccines, disease immunity verification (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis) through blood tests. Proof of personal health insurance coverage and CPR certification is also required prior to each clinical affiliation.

Clinical affiliation sites may require an interview, criminal background checks, finger printing, and/or drug testing prior to student placement. Clinical sites may also require supplemental professional liability insurance in addition to the College's policy. If a student selects a clinical site that imposes any of these or other requirements, the student bears the cost and responsibility to submit the necessary materials in a timely manner to comply with the clinical site's requirements. 


Visits from clinical Physical Therapists provides students with an up close look at what they will be doing post-graduation. These visits allow students to learn and interact with professionals who practice what students learn on a daily basis.