Physical Therapy Clinical Education
The Physical Therapy program at the University of North Florida is dedicated to preparing students for entry-level clinical practice through activities and courses that stimulate critical inquiry. The program is committed to life-long learning and seeks to provide opportunities for ongoing professional development for students in the program, as well as for professionals in the field.
The links below offer information on clinical education in general and the specifics of the UNF Physical Therapy program in particular.
Please contact the Director of Clinical Education for a copy of the Clinical Education Manual
Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators
Dedicated to support quality of clinical education for PT and PTA students. This website offers a variety of references, resources and information on events for clinical educators.
American Physical Therapy Association
Dedicated to the latest advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. This website also offers numerous resources and access to the Physical Therapy journal.
Florida Physical Therapy Association
Contains information on licensure exam, employment opportunities, and governmental affairs among others.
Clinical Education Documents
Current Course Sequence
Syllabi for Clinical Internships
Clinical Internship 2A
Clinical Internship 2B
Clinical Internship 3A
Clinical Internship 3B
Clinical Education Requirements Form
Clinical Instructor Renumeration
Clinical Site Information Forms
State Authorization Agreements
The Doctor of Physical Therapy includes internship and practicum components, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Clinical Education
To Our Students,
Please know that the Department of Physical Therapy is NOT mandating that you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. When completing your materials for a clinical placement, you must either upload proof that you have been vaccinated or indicate that you have not been vaccinated. You may upload an exemption if you have one. If you are unvaccinated with an exemption and a facility has not invited you to a clinical experience, the Department will hope to find a facility that will allow you inside but there are no guarantees and this may ultimately delay your graduation.
Once you have provided your vaccination status/evidence, the third-party facilities will let the Department know whether or not they will allow you to enter and train within the building. As you may know, more and more facilities are requiring their employees, as well as our clinical students, to be vaccinated. These are private entities that are not subject to the same rules as state-supported institutions such as UNF. Should you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Sherry Pinkstaff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.