Doctor of Physical Therapy

Clinical Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UWM has clinical education contracts with nearly 400 clinical sites throughout the United States.

It should be noted that the number and types of affiliations vary on a yearly basis depending on the level of affiliation (1st, 2nd, or 3rd internship) and the staffing patterns at a particular clinical site.

Types of settings:

  • Hospitals: acute care, sub-acute, ICU/critical care
  • Out-patient clinics or offices
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities (SNF): long term/extended care and acute
  • Home care
  • Schools: preschool, primary and secondary
  • Hospices
  • Corporate or industrial health centers
  • Industrial, workplace or other occupational environments
  • Athletic facilities: collegiate, amateur and professional
  • Fitness centers and sports training facilities

Clinical education experiences are planned to reflect the above variety of practice settings and experiences.

The clinical education program offers collaborative learning experiences to engage students, instructors, practitioners, administrators and faculty.

The program includes a total of 5 formal clinical experiences. Students participate in 2 formal full time clinical education experiences that are integrated into the didactic portion of the curriculum. The first occurs during the WinteriM session between the students’ first fall and spring semesters. This clinical experience is 2 weeks in length and is completed utilizing a collaborative education model. The second integrated clinical experience is a 4 week experience that occurs in the summer between students’ first and second years of the program. Three 12 week full time Internships occur at the conclusion of the didactic curriculum. The clinical education curriculum is intentionally designed with requirements that will provide broad clinical preparation of each student including experience in various practice settings (acute, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient), with different populations (neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary), and includes an additional focus in experience at one end of the life spectrum (pediatric or geriatric).

Below, we have provided links to the forms and information that are utilized in our clinical education program. We hope that you will find this information helpful. If you are not yet a clinical education site for the UWM PT program, but would like to become a site affiliated with our program, please follow the link and complete the survey.


Ann Dietrich
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of Clinical Education
(414) 229-2822

Renee Mazurek
Clinical Assistant Professor; Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
(414) 229-1741

Physical Therapy Clinical Education Program Curriculum

Student Compliance Requirements

UWM requires the following of all DPT students:

  • TB skin test or chest x-ray completed annually
  • Titers indicating immunity to:
    • Varicella
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Rubeola
  • Vaccines for:
    • Tetanus/Diphtheria within last ten years
    • Hepatitis B (or signed statement of declination)
    • Annual Flu Vaccine
  • Physical Exam - annual
  • Current health insurance
  • Current professional liability insurance coverage
  • Current CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
  • Annual infection control training (including blood pathogen)
  • Annual HIPAA training
  • Screening of student in EPL and OIG websites
  • Caregiver Background Check and Criminal History--one completed for all students upon enrollment in the DPT program.

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