DPT Clinical Education Information for Students

Clinical Education Components

Didactic Preparation

Students complete all foundational patient management coursework before the first clinical education experience. Our DPT students have the necessary preparation to treat patients with human movement system dysfunctions before being sent out to various clinical settings used in our program.

Students are concurrently enrolled in didactic coursework during clinical education experiences to integrate didactic learning and clinical practice.


Clinical placements play a crucial role in providing students with opportunities to experience diverse practice settings, showcasing the wide range of physical therapy practice. Whenever possible, students will have the chance to encounter the following:

  • A broad spectrum of clinical practice settings throughout the care continuum, including inpatient acute care, post-acute care, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health services, outpatient clinics, and other specialized practice settings.
  • A diverse range of commonly observed diagnoses in general physical therapy practice, encompassing areas such as orthopedics, neurology, and cardiopulmonary conditions, spanning across all stages of life.

While opportunities may exist to participate in specialized settings, the DPT programs intend to expose students to various patient populations (diagnoses and lifespan) representative of those commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Specialty clinical placements may be available; however, specialization is not the primary focus of entry-level DPT education and may be pursued by the student upon completions of their program.

Students should also note that the program cannot guarantee that you will not be required to travel. Students should plan to relocate for clinical education experiences.

Questions? Contact us.

Below are the programs’ contact information for clinical education.

Boston kimberly.tyler@tufts.edu
Phoenix tara.dickson@tufts.edu
Seattle kathryn.sawyer@tufts.edu

Click here for more information regarding the specific accreditation status of each Tufts DPT program.