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Clinical Education/Internships

Each student at Temple University completes a total of 42 weeks of clinical education as part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree requirements. The 42 weeks are broken into 4 clinical internships.

Overview of Temple DPT Clinical Education/Internships


Duration (weeks)

Semester within curriculum

Temporal relation with rest of academic curriculum




Between 1st and 2nd year of program



8th and 9th

Between 2nd and 3rd year of program



10th and 11th

Terminal affiliation




Terminal affiliation

* See the full Curriculum Matrix.

Students participate in a total of 42 weeks of full-time clinical internships ranging from a minimum of 6 consecutive weeks up to as many as 24 consecutive weeks at a select facility.  The first full-time clinical internship experience (6 weeks) takes place approximately 1 year into the professional program and provides students the opportunity to acclimate to the clinical environment and gain experience and confidence in basic procedures and interventions.  The second clinical internship is 12 weeks during the 2nd summer.The final internship can be a single internship that is 24 weeks in length or split into two 12-week internships. Throughout the clinical education experiences student expectations and responsibilities rise in accordance with their level of education.  Over the course of the entire curriculum, students must successfully complete clinical experiences in both in-patient and out-patient facilities.  Specialized clinical experiences such as sports medicine, pediatrics, dance, etc. are available to 3rd year students on their final internships.  These clinical experiences are available in the Delaware Valley, across the United States, and internationally.  The Director of Clinical Education and the student work collaboratively to obtain a suitable clinical placement that meets the needs of the individual student and their academic needs. 

Students have many options for clinical sites as Temple University DPT program currently has contracts with over 300 facilities all across the country as well as internationally. International placements are possible and are handled on a one-on-one basis with the Director of Clinical Education. Students may be required to drive up to 50 miles to their assigned clinical site, but are not required to do an internship outside of any specific geographic area.

   At Temple University we value diversity of clinical education experiences. Requirements for clinical internships may vary according to the facility, however, Temple University requires that all students, prior to participation in clinical education, must submit current evidence to the Director of Clinical Education of: PPD, personal medical insurance, current CPR and First Aid, physical, criminal background check, and drug screen. The Director of Clinical Education will give you information to facilitate these processes but please note the cost is incurred by the student.