MWU PT Clinical Education Handbook
Clinical Education Philosophy
The Midwestern University Physical Therapy (PT) Program's philosophy of clinical education is to provide engaging learning experiences within physical therapy practice settings that offer high quality patient care and ethical/legal practice. Clinical education allows for the application of physical therapy knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired within the didactic portion of the curriculum. The PT Program, along with its clinical partners, creates a learning environment for students to provide patient-centered interprofessional collaborative practice in a variety of healthcare settings. The PT Program prepares students for the dynamic nature of the healthcare system treating patients/clients with a variety of conditions across the lifespan. The PT Program fosters a strong foundation in professional behaviors, health promotion and wellness, and the utilization of evidence-based practice to meet the needs of the patient, healthcare system, and society.
The PT Program works with clinical education sites in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, and across the United States in both urban and rural communities. The PT Program has established clinical education relationships with over 500 facilities across the United States. The PT Program fosters this important partnership with clinical education sites to collaborate and prepare students for entry level practice.