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Clinical Education

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

Overview of Temple DPT Full-Time Clinical Experiences


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.

The full-time clinical experiences range from a minimum of 6 consecutive weeks up to as many as 24 consecutive weeks at a select facility. The first full-time clinical 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 experience is 12 weeks during the 2nd summer. The final experience can be a single internship that is 24 weeks in length or split into two 12-week experiences. Throughout the clinical education experiences, student expectations and responsibilities rise in accordance with their level of education.  At Temple University we value diversity of clinical education experiences. 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 Directors of Clinical Education and the student work collaboratively to obtain a suitable clinical placement that meets the individual interests and academic needs of each student.
ICE Program:  Students also participate in part-time Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) experiences throughout the first year of the DPT curriculum.  Students complete two half day experiences during the fall semester and two half day experiences during the spring semester, with exposure to two different clinical care environments across these four learning opportunities.  This model enables students to apply knowledge and skills in a clinical setting with real clients. These experiences are scheduled in conjunction with classroom learning to provide a stepping stone to the first full-time clinical affiliation, which takes place in the summer following completion of the first year of the curriculum.  The focus of the ICE experiences is on the foundations of clinical practice, with an emphasis on professional behaviors and safety within a doctoring profession.
Students have many options for clinical sites as Temple University DPT program currently has contracts with over 300 facilities across the country as well as internationally. International placements are handled on a one-on-one basis with the Directors 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.
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 Directors of Clinical Education of: PPD, personal medical insurance, current CPR and First Aid, physical examination, FBI clearance and criminal background check, and drug screen. The Directors of Clinical Education will give you information to facilitate these processes, but please note the cost is incurred by the student.