Clinical Education

About the Experience

Students complete four clinical practicums throughout the program during which they engage in direct patient care supervised by a licensed physical therapist. The first practicum is an eight-week outpatient orthopedic experience beginning in the second year. In the fall of year three, students complete two 10-week practicums; and the last semester of the program is a full-time 12-week clinical placement.

Students will gain experience in a variety of settings based on their interests. They are required to have one inpatient experience, one outside of the Charleston tri-county area and the remaining placements are assigned based on the student's interests. The program follows a lottery process for clinical site selection. Students make their top selections and will be matched to one of their 10 picks. Some of the more competitive sites require an application process.

For Clinical Instructors

You can help prepare future physical therapists and make an impact on our profession. The Division of Physical Therapy at MUSC is always looking for new opportunities to provide clinical instruction for our students. We are currently seeking clinical instructors for all inpatient settings and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation, as well as specialty areas such as women’s health, vestibular, wound care, pediatrics, etc.

Learn how you can get involved.