The Role of Co-Director of Clinical Education (DCE):

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

Co-Director of Clinical Education

Amy Bala







Director of Clinical Education
University Lecturer

Clinical Education Program

The clinical education courses are Clinical Experience I (PHYT 7729), Clinical Experience II, III, IV, and V (PHYT 8801, 8803, 9805, 9807).  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 summer and fall of the second 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 and V after all academic courses.  Students are required to complete one inpatient experience, one outpatient experience,  one experience that focuses primarily on patients with musculoskeletal conditions,  and one experience that focuses primarily on patients with neurological disorders.  Additionally, during Clinical Experience II and III, students gather data from a patient/client, with their informed consent, for a case report.


Clinical Education Calendar 2019

  •  Clinical Experience I
     First Clinical Experience
     July 15 – August 16, 2019

  • Clinical Experience II 
    Second Clinical Experience
    July 1 - August 16, 2019

  • Clinical Experience III 
    Third Clinical Experience
    September 3 - October 18, 2019

     Clinical Education Calendar 2020

    • Clinical Experience IV 
      Fourth Clinical Experience
      January 13– February 28, 2020

    • Clinical Experience V
      Final Clinical Experience
      March 2 – April 24, 2020

    • Clinical Experience I 
      First Clinical Experience
      July 13 – August 14, 2020

    • Clinical Experience II 
      Second Clinical Experience
      June 29 - August 14, 2020

    • Clinical Experience III
      Third Clinical Experience
      September 8 - October 23, 2020

    Interested in Becoming a Clinical Instructor?


    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.