Clinical Education Requirements

Variety of Clinical Experiences

The clinical education program at WVU includes 2 semesters of part-time integrated clinical experiences and 32 weeks of full-time clinical experience. Placements must be made that insure each student a broad range of clinical experiences (in different practice settings, working with patients of different ages and diagnoses) that fulfill the objectives of each rotation.

  • Each student must spend at least 8 weeks in each of three different settings (see below)
    • Some sites may offer a "blend" of two or more settings. When this occurs, the DCE in consultation with the clinical site will decide which setting requirement the placement shall fulfill.
  • Each student must have at least 8 weeks in outpatient AND 8 weeks in an inpatient setting.
  • No more than 16 weeks may be spent in any one setting.
  • Each student must also complete one full-time rotation (minimum of 8 weeks) at a rural clinical site within WV.

Settings

Acute Care

Type

  • Trauma Center
  • Critical Care
  • Community Hospital
  • Rural Critical Access Hospital

Post-Acute Care

Type

  • Inpatient Rehab Facility or Unit
  • Skilled Nursing Facility or Unit
  • Home Health Agency

Outpatient

Type

  • Private Practice
  • Hospital-Based Outpatient Clinic

Pediatrics (May only be completed during PT 780)

Type

  • WV Birth-to-Three
  • Early Intervention program
  • Children's hospital
  • Pediatric clinic

Selection of Clinical Sites

Although personal needs and preferences will be considered for all students, guarantees cannot and will not be made as to final placement. The ACCE reserves the right to make the final decision on all student placements. The first priority will always be the academic needs of the student.

Travel and Living Expenses

All students will be required to do at least one of their full-time clinical affiliations in West Virginia. This may necessitate that all students do at least one rotation out-of-state.

All students will be expected to travel outside of the Morgantown area [50 mile radius] for at least one and possibly more than one full-time or part-time clinical affiliation. Further, ACCEs cannot guarantee that any student will be able to complete clinical rotations in a specific city or geographic area.

Students are responsible for providing for their living expenses [room, board, etc]. Some out-of-town sites provide housing but this is becoming increasingly rare. Most sites will provide a list that outlines the housing available and its cost. Arrangements for travel and housing are the responsibility of the student. Occasionally, a site will provide a small stipend for meals and/or housing. All information about travel and living expenses can be obtained in the file on the facility or by contacting the facility directly.

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to all clinical rotations. Therefore, the division recommends that all students have a reliable car available by the Spring semester of the first year in the program.

The division of physical therapy cannot provide financial assistance for living expenses. If you need financial aid assistance or information, please contact the health sciences financial aid office.