The Role of Directors of Clinical Education (DCE):

individuals who provides the overall organization, coordination and supervision of physical therapy clinical education experiences.

Co-Directors of Clinical Education

Amy Bala






Co-Directors of Clinical Education
University Lecturer

Melissa Naegele, PT, DPT, OCS
Co-Directors of Clinical Education
University Lecturer

Clinical Education Program

We offer four clinical experiences, Clinical Experiences I, II, III,  and IV.  We encourage our students to have exposure to patients in a variety of settings to different diagnoses in different geographical locations. Clinical Experience I occurs at the end of the first year of study and serves to integrate the foundational sciences with the patient management courses.  Clinical Experiences II and III occur in sequence during the third year after the student has completed all patient management courses and most of the clinical science courses. In spring of the third year, students complete Clinical Experience IV after all academic courses.  Additionally, during Clinical Experience II and III, students gather data from a patient/client, with their informed consent, for a case report.

Please contact the DCE for the dates of future clinical experiences 

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    Clinical Instructor Requirements:

    A minimum of one year of clinical experience as a physical therapist; 

    • Licensure as a physical therapist in the state in which you practice;
    • A desire to mentor students;
    • Effective role model and clinical teacher

    We welcome alternate models of clinical supervision, including:

    •   2 students: 1 clinical instructor, and
    •   1 student: 2 clinical instructors

    Support is available to clinical sites and clinical instructors as follows:

    • Establishing and enriching student programs
    • Providing educational programs
    • Offering support during clinical experiences

    Contact either Director of Clinical Education to get started with the clinical education contract process.