DPT Clinical Education at MUSC

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

Become a Clinical Instructor

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.

If you are interested in becoming a clinical instructor, please contact Ashley Bondurant, PT, DPT, M.Ed, bonduraa@musc.edu | 843-792-4622 or complete the Clinical Instructor Interest Form.

Clinical Practicum Details

Our objective is to provide structured and varied learning opportunities for our students that address comprehensive patient/client management across the spectrum of care. We believe that quality clinician mentoring is essential for the transformation of our students into compassionate, confident, and reflective practitioners with excellent critical thinking and psychomotor skills. We are interested in collaborating with clinical sites that share our philosophy.

DPT Clinical Education Manual (PDF)

Clinical Practicum I (PT 740)

CPI Syllabus (PDF)

Clinical Practicum II (PT 741)

CPII Syllabus (PDF)

Clinical Practicum III (PT 742)

CPIII Syllabus (PDF)

Clinical Practicum IV (PT 743)

CPIV Syllabus (PDF)

Additional Information

Clinical Instructor of the Year

Jared Lethco, PT, DPT, Cert MDT, OMT-C
Grace Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab (Summerville, SC)

Would you like to offer an experience for an upcoming clinical practicum? Complete an online reservation form to let us know.