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Section II: The Clinical Education Program and Policies

Mission of Clinical Education

The mission of the clinical education program at MUSC physical therapy education division is to train a practitioner for entry-level physical therapy using evidence-based practice.  As the student progresses through the curriculum, clinical competence is developed through laboratory sessions, case studies, live patient examples and brief clinical exposures. During the clinical education practicums, the students are exposed to a variety of experiences designed to reinforce the didactic knowledge and allow clinical skills to be practiced.  The program has one outpatient orthopedic six-week practicum and three eight-week practicums with increasing levels of performance expected at each rotation.  The clinical instructors are an extension of the faculty of the physical therapy education program, and are valued for the clinical knowledge they bring to our students education.  At the end of the final clinical experiences, it is expected that the student be at entry-level or beyond on all 18 performance criteria on the Online Physical Therapy Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI).

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