There simply is no substitute for hands-on experience in your education, and as you earn your DPT you will work with patients who suffer a variety of mobility-related problems; you’ll work in a variety of settings, from acute care to both in-patient and out-patient clinics. Throughout your rotations, you’ll study under the direct supervision of experienced, licensed physical therapists who are both skilled practitioners and committed to your education.

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Birmingham is an exceptional place to hone your patient care skills. Because Birmingham is an international hub of health care, few places offer students more clinical and service opportunities. We are surrounded by some of the finest health care facilities in the world, from acute care to specialty clinics, in almost every specialty. 

Because Samford has earned an excellent reputation in both national and international health care communities, you’ll have opportunities to learn from some of the most skilled physical therapist professionals in the world. 

The DPT program includes three formal clinical education assignments. The first begins in your second summer and lasts for four weeks. During this assignment you will focus on applying your first year of studies in a health care setting. During your final year, you will participate in two separate clinical assignments, each 14 weeks long. In these final assignments you will have additional opportunities to choose the type of setting you would like to train in.

In Service to Others

In addition to your clinical work, we spend considerable time in service to communities in need, both in this country and abroad. These service trips, some connected directly to missions work and other not, are a critical component of your education. One of the pillars of our program is the commitment to service that supports every program in the College of Health Sciences. We all have found our way to Samford because we see our careers as more than a job — we are called to serve others. 

Clinical Faculty

Throughout your rotations you'll study under the direct supervision of experienced, licensed physical therapists who are skilled practitioners committed to your education. Individuals interested in becoming clinical faculty should call 205-726-4437 or e-mail Dr. Lydia Thurston. If you are a current clinical faculty member, please click here.

*Effective April 29, 2015 Samford University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703:706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the programs is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

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Lydia A. Thurston
Physical Therapy Department
Director of Clinical Education