An important component of the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is clinical education. Students first gain full time hands on clinical experience during Clinical I, a 4 week clinical affiliation that occurs at the end of the first year of the program. Students complete two additional full time clinical experiences. Clinical II and Clinical III are each 6 weeks in length and occur during the spring semester of the senior year.
Students are assigned to physical therapy clinical sites where they work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. This provides students with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom and laboratory into practice in a clinical setting in preparation for entry level clinical practice.
Students are required to do their senior affiliations in two different types of physical therapy settings to ensure that they gain exposure to a variety of patient diagnoses and a diversity of patient populations, as well as to experience the differences in health care delivery between various settings.
The types of settings may include any of the following:
- Acute care hospital – inpatient care
- Hospital based outpatient PT department
- Private practice outpatient clinic
- Nursing Home--long term care and subacute rehab
- Acute care rehabilitation hospital
- School system
- Home health care agency
Our affiliated clinical sites are located throughout the county, state and country. We currently have numerous affiliation agreements with facilities in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin, and Essex Counties as well as several in the Albany and Syracuse areas and in Northern Vermont. We also have agreements with a number of national PT companies with clinics located throughout the United States.
Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director