Prospective Student FAQs

How many clinical experiences are there?

There are two part-time and four full-time clinical experiences.

Where are your clinical sites located?

UK Physical Therapy affiliates with sites in 30 U.S. states and 3 international locations- in Australia, Italy and Hong Kong. There are both part-time and full-time clinical courses during the three-year program. 

What are the required types of clinical experiences?

  • Acute care (hospital)
  • Neurological (may be inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient neurological, Skilled Nursing Facility, Adult Day Neurological Centers or Home Health with neurological focus)
  • Outpatient Orthopedic

*One full-time clinical experience must be outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky (and beyond closely bordering areas) except in special circumstances.

What is the clinical education assignment process?

Some clinical experiences are preassigned (those requiring interviews, international sites, and others).  For the remaining sites there is a clinical lottery day twice during the program during which students choose from available offerings for several courses.  The order of choice is based on randomly assigned lottery numbers. 

Who arranges housing and pays for the clinical rotations?

It is most often the student’s responsibility to arrange for transportation, room and/or board for each clinical assignment. The University, faculty and clinical sites have no responsibility for providing transportation, room and/or board for clinical assignments.

An exception is in rural areas of Kentucky; the UK Area Health Education Center provides financial support for housing and transportation for certain sites.

Who may I contact to get further information about the PT program?

Nathan Johnson, PT, PhD, DPT Admissions Chair,,   859-218-5429