The DPT program has integrated community-engaged learning throughout the program through the developing PT Student Clinic. This continuous engagement with our community culminates in two 15-week immersion experiences in local, regional and national clinics.We offer experiences in:
Students will need to demonstrate appropriate safety and progress with knowledge skills and abilities as determined by the core faculty to progress through each semester of the ICP sequence during the didactic portion of the program. At the conclusion of the didactic portion of the program, core faculty will determine student readiness to progress to full-time clinical education. In addition to clinical readiness students will also be required to complete criminal and caregiver background checks, health assurances, liability coverage, and specified trainings in order to participate in clinical education.
The full-time clinical education placements at UWSP are designed to provide experiences for each student that encompass the following key areas:
Students will be required to complete one full-time clinical placement in an inpatient setting, and one full-time clinical experience in an outpatient setting. Each clinical placement site will be identified prior to site selection as inpatient or outpatient based on the patient characteristics and practice setting. A list of placement sites will be provided 6-9 months prior to each full-time clinical experience, and students will have the opportunity to list preferred placement locations. Students should note the following:
In May 2011, the Joint Commission announced new standards for onboarding students, volunteers and contractors for all healthcare systems. These placements require the above groups to attain the same health and background clearances as their paid employees. These onboarding processes include vaccination screenings, criminal background checks, orientation sessions, validation of educational level and licensure, acquiring health insurance and professional liability insurance. All JCAHO health systems follow these requirements and non-Joint Commission approved organizations may follow some variation of the above requirements (jointcommission.org).
To ensure the safety of students participating in clinical education and the clients they will be seeing, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will require the following assurances of all students (see exemptions section below) prior to entering the program and maintain those assurances throughout the program:
Continuous health insurance throughout the program; this is required by many off-campus sites. Depending on the status of health insurance legislation at the federal level, it could potentially be more difficult to obtain health insurance during the later years of your program if you have not been continuously covered. Therefore, it is required that you maintain continuous health insurance coverage throughout your health program. If you are uninsured, please visit the insurance exchanges at www.healthcare.gov to determine your eligibility.
Students interested in setting up a new clinical education experience are encouraged to meet with the DCE to discuss well in advance of the desired placement (at least 12 months). Following the conversation with the DCE students can complete the Clinical Site Request Form and submit it to the DCE for consideration. The DCE will make a decision to pursue an affiliation agreement based on: the quality of the clinic site, the clinic site fit with the program curriculum, and whether or not the proposed clinic site is interested in establishing a relationship. EXPRESSING INTEREST IN ESTABLISHING A NEW CLINIC SITE AGREEMENT DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SITE WILL BE ADDED AND STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN FOR SUITABLE ALTERNATIVES.
The university is not responsible for incidents and accidents related to student travel. It is the student’s responsibility to attend all placement experiences, and in the event of transportation issues (car trouble, inclement weather, etc.) it is the student’s responsibility to make suitable arrangements with their Clinical Instructor (CI) (adjust hours, make-up time, etc.). If a suitable arrangement between the student and Clinical Instructor (CI) cannot be achieved the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) should be contacted.