Clinical Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The MGH Institute is the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare, New England’s largest health network. As such, DPT students have unparalleled access to Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals: Brigham and Woman’s, Massachusetts General, and Spaulding Rehabilitation, along with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital, and more than 200 other locations.
Students participate in two, 10-week-long, full-time clinical experiences In the summer following their first year and in the winter during their second year. And, for most students, their final year culminates with a full-time paid internship, giving them more than 1,500 hours of real-world experience as they prepare to transition into their new career. In some instances students may need a car to access clinical placements.
The DPT program’s focus on experiential learning, in addition to the Institute’s innovative IMPACT Practice interprofessional education curriculum, facilitates critical thinking, communication skills, ethical reasoning, and team-based problem-solving. Participating in these and other learning opportunities produces graduates who are prepared to succeed in today’s increasingly complex health care environment.