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Clinical experiences are a crucial aspect of the student’s development as a physical therapist allowing them to gain important skills and develop professional behaviors to become effective clinicians. Clinical education experiences are designed to provide students with experience in the evaluation and management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary disorders and acute care diagnoses. The progression of expectations and objectives for each clinical experience are designed to reach entry-level expectations and DMU defined student learning outcomes at the end of the curriculum. Each student is expected to complete an inpatient and outpatient clinical education experience as well as two elective experiences.

Beginning with the cohort matriculating in 2023, each student will complete three 10-week full-time clinical education experiences and four Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) experiences. For these full-time clinical experiences each student is expected to complete an inpatient and an outpatient experience as well as one elective experience.

The four ICE experiences are purposefully organized during a didactic course and are focused on learning objectives that are aligned with content delivered during that term. These experiences focus on professional behaviors, knowledge, and/or skills within a variety of environments.

Clinical Partners

Our clinical partners are a crucial aspect of the student’s development as a physical therapist.  With their assistance, our students become effective clinicians gaining hands-on experience in the evaluation and management of patients within various patient populations in a variety of settings.

For more in-depth information about being a clinical partner please view the Clinical Education Handbook.

Interested in becoming a clinical partner?

If your site is interested in learning more about our clinical education program or about becoming a clinical partner, please complete our questionnaire and we will get back to you. You may also contact one of our clinical education team members listed below.

Fill out the clinical partner questionnaire

Clinical Education Team

Melissa McGriff, Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Melissa McGriff
Academic Assistant

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