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Clinical Experience

Clinical Education
Clinical activities are integrated throughout the three-year curriculum. Integrated part-time clinical experiences take place in local physical therapy clinics and coincide directly with didactic learning activities. Clinical full-time practicums take place in clinics locally, nationally, and internationally. The majority of full-time clinical placements occur within the greater metropolitan Washington area and nearby states. Students complete full-time practicums in 8- or 12-week rotations, at three different clinic sites.

Marymount's location in the greater Washington metropolitan area provides students with more than 200 local clinic sites, many of them nationally recognized. In addition, the program can provide students with access to clinic placements outside of the Washington metropolitan area upon request. All of Marymount’s clinical sites provide a wide range of opportunities for mentored, hands-on learning in urban, suburban, and rural communities in settings such as:
  • in-patient rehabilitation hospitals
  • acute care hospitals
  • outpatient clinics representing specialty areas across the range of physical therapy practice: orthopedic and manual therapy, neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, work ergonomics, wellness and health promotion, etc.
  • skilled nursing facilities 
During clinical rotations, students may manage individuals in a variety of settings. This could include individuals with cardiac dysfunction on a transplant ward, spinal cord injury in a trauma unit, children in an acute hospital setting, athletes in a sports medicine facility, patients with stroke in a rehabilitation hospital or individuals with orthopedic dysfunction in an outpatient clinic.