Clinical Education

The clinical education program supports the program’s mission in the following ways:

  • Provides opportunities for students to practice and hone skills and abilities learned within the program’s didactic coursework.
  • Clinical experiences are required to be diverse.
  • One of 3 clinical experiences is required to be within the defined region of 200 geographic miles from the Radford University DPT campus in Roanoke, VA.

Students are required to participate in three (3) unpaid 12-week full-time clinical experiences as part of their professional education as shown below:

  • Year 1: 12-week placement mid-May to early August
  • Year 2: 12-week placement mid-May to early August
  • Year 3: 12-week placement generally January to mid-April

The program currently has clinical agreements with clinical sites throughout the United States and internationally. Students will be required to seek accommodations outside of the immediate Roanoke area for their clinical placements and should plan accordingly for housing and travel expenses. It is recommended that students budget an additional $3,000-$5,000 for clinical travel, accommodations, etc.

Please contact Radford University’s Financial Aid Office here regarding requests for additional funding to cover living expenses.

Helpful Links

  • Students may request new clinical affiliations within states that are members of NC- SARA: http://nc-sara.org/
  • For assistance in finding housing during clinicals, please consult this facebook group by clicking here.

Student Testimonials


Class of 2014:

Wesley Dubose - "I was expertly prepared for the board exam and for my professional experience because of the training I received at RU."

Class of 2015:

Jared Casazza - "I am very thanful for the thorough education that I recieved because without all the challenges I would not be nearly as confident in my practice as I am today."

Class of 2016:

Alison Phillips - "Without a doubt, being part of the RUDPT program is one of the best decisions I have ever made."