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Clinical Education is the portion of the student’s professional education which involves practice and application of classroom knowledge and skills for on‐the‐job responsibilities. This occurs at a variety of centers and includes experience in evaluation, patient care, administration, teaching and supervision. It is a participatory experience with limited time spent in observation.

+ - Domestic Clinical Experiences

The program has two basic types of clinical education experiences – the pre‐clinical experience and the clinical affiliation. The Pre‐clinical experiences are designed to provide each student with an introduction to clinical practice in physical therapy and occur in semesters 3 and 4. Each student is required to complete long‐term clinical experiences during which entry‐level or near entry‐level competence in physical therapy is eventually attained. These experiences occur in semesters 5, 7 and 9. The opportunity exists for the student to develop an internship specific to his or her desire or needs resulting in a major project in addition to patient care responsibilities. These special internships will be referred to as a contractual. The terms “clinical experiences”, and "affiliation" will be used interchangeably in this document. Internship is defined as those experiences which occur after all didactic study has been completed. Chapman University students affiliate year round.

+ - Costa Rica Clinical Experience

The Chapman Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) International Internship Program in Costa Rica is a 10-12 week program offered in collaboration with the Center for International Multidisciplinary Education (CIME) consisting of language instruction and cultural activities and independent supervised internship work in Physical Therapy.  Chapman University DPT students may elect to participate in the CIME-Chapman Internship Program as their final practicum.  It is divided into two blocks: an initial 4 week period in San Jose, Costa Rica and a 6-8 week internship period in a location within Costa Rica. Throughout both blocks of the program, students stay with Costa Rican host families.

+ - Support Chapman as a Clinical Partner


Chapman University welcomes clinical partners who love to share their experience.

Our 100% Board Pass Rate and successful employment record doesn’t come without support from people and organizations like you! We have student clinical experiences throughout the year ranging from 8,12, and 16 weeks long for any and all settings!

Benefits of participating with our clinical education program include:

  • Having a recruitment pool - saving lost time and resources for filling positions
  • Incorporate education into your practice; keep currency
  • Learn as you teach! Sharing and growing from recent EBP standards
  • Refine your mentoring skills and share your professional skills as a P.T.
  • Be a role model for future clinicians and demonstrate your core values
  • Facilitate clinical reasoning with students and within your practice
  • Show the community your site is progressive and a place they seek out
  • Leave a “legacy” in the profession by the students you mentored

Our Director and Asst. Director of Clinical Education value your various roles and responsibilities and encourage the promotion of your development as well. Please contact Dr. Dorcas Tominaga ( or Prof. Sundeep Puri ( today and open up possibilities for the future!

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