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Clinical education is the portion of the student's professional education which involves practice and application of classroom knowledge and skills to clinical responsibilities.

This occurs at a variety of clinical sites and includes experience in evaluation, patient care, critical thinking, administration, teaching, supervision, and evidence based practice. The clinical education courses are critical to the development of competent, professional (entry-level) practitioners.

It is important that the clinical education experiences be designed to maximize student learning. The D'Youville PT Department maintains responsibility for the clinical education courses while relying heavily on practitioners to design, implement, and assess student learning experiences and student performances. Therefore, coordination of student clinical assignments, communication with clinical education faculty, monitoring of the quality of the students' experiences, and assessment of student performance are vital to the quality of the students' education. 

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Director of Clinical Education
Patricia Nowakowski, PT, PhD
Associate Professor

Phone: 716-829-7828


Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Colleen Corcoran, PT, DPT
Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone: 716-829-7659