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Clinical Education: Information for Students

The clinical education component of the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum allows students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to patients in various health care settings. Under the supervision of a clinical instructor, students are exposed to standard sub-disciplines of physical therapy such as orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology and geriatrics, as well as specialty areas like sport therapy, aqua therapy, dance rehabilitation and treatment of veterans.

Clinical Education Experiences

Students in the Touro DPT Program participate in four clinical education experiences, which begin after successful completion of the first three semesters.

  1. Clinical Affiliation I - A 6-week experience after the third semester
  2. Clinical Affiliation II - An 8-week experience after the fourth semester
  3. Clinical Affiliation III - An 8-week experience after the fifth semester
  4. Clinical Affiliation IV - The final clinical experience lasting 16 weeks after completion of the sixth and final semester Currently, we are affiliated with over 300 healthcare facilities on Long Island, in the five boroughs of New York City, and in New Jersey, as well as with various sites across the country. Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of different settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, private practices, and skilled nursing facilities thereby assuring a well-rounded clinical experience. If a student wishes to be placed at a site with which we are not presently affiliated, we will make every effort to establish a relationship with that site.

Clinical Education Faculty and Staff

Dr. Laura Hagan PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
Phone: (212) 463-0400 Ext. 5647
Email Address: lhagan@touro.edu

Patricia Birmingham
Administrative Assistant for the Clinical Education Program
Phone: (212) 463-0400 Ext. 5611
Email Address: patjb@touro.edu

Dr. Raymond Mattfeld, PT, DPT, OCS
Director of Clinical Education (DCE)
Phone: (631) 665-1600 Ext. 6233
Email Address: rmattfeld@touro.edu

Elizabeth Holzer
Administrative Assistant for the Clinical Education Program
Phone: (631) 665-1600 ext 6215
Email Address: Elizabeth.holzer@touro.edu