Students participate in three full-time clinical practicums throughout the program: three weeks (112 hours) during the summer semester and two six-week (240 hour) practicums during the second year of the program. Assignments to clinical practicums are made by the program Director of Clinical Education or designate.
These placements are limited to the number of students the clinical facilities can accept. Affiliated clinical sites are located throughout California, with the majority in the greater Sacramento and northern/central California region.
Placement in clinical practicums is dependent on the student meeting the educational requirements of the program and the health and physical capability requirements of the participating facility offering the opportunity. This includes meeting educational standards as outlined in the PTA Policy and Procedure Manual, as well as completion of a physical examination, immunizations, a TB test, healthcare provider CPR, first aid, blood borne pathogen course, and HIPAA training.
Students must demonstrate capability to perform essential job-related functions of a physical therapist assistant. Background checks and drug screens are also required. Many clinical sites require students to show proof of health insurance.