Clinical Education


Clinical Education Requirements


Prior to embarking on any of the part-time or full-time clinical education experiences, DPT students must:

  • Be in good academic standing and not on academic probation with the Program

  • Have successfully completed all prior clinical education experiences

  • Possess current certification in CPR and First Aid

  • Provide proof of current health insurance coverage

  • Possess professional liability insurance (renewed by the university)

  • Possess current health and immunization status records

  • Have Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 151)

  • Have PA State Criminal Record Check (ACT 34)

  • Have FBI Background Clearance through the Cogent System (ACT 114)

  • Have current PPD Immunization

  • It is the policy of Alvernia University’s academic programs to fully comply with Pennsylvania Laws related to criminal record and child abuse history clearances prior to entering any clinical educational setting that involves direct contact with children or older adults. The University policy dictates that students in academic programs and/or service learning (if required by the facility) with convictions/charges documented on the background check reports will be advised on an individual basis.  The student must understand and agree that Alvernia University may disclose the results of the background checks to the clinical facility where the student has sought to be placed. Certain types of clinical facilities have the right and/or responsibility to preclude students from the facility who have a history of criminal activity or child abuse.

  • Additionally, applicants to the DPT Program must understand that in order to meet program outcomes they are obliged to directly work with children and/or older adults. There are no alternatives to meet program outcomes.  Such applicants/students with convictions/charges documented on the criminal or child abuse reports will be denied acceptance into courses with associated clinical practice and, therefore, cannot complete the applicable program of study. Such applicants/students will be advised of other academic study options at Alvernia University and will not be admitted into the DPT Program.  Convictions/charges documented on a PA Criminal Record Check report will be based on criteria outlined in Acts 169/13.  Applicants may be denied employment in physical therapy for misdemeanors and felony convictions, including alcohol related offenses. Refer to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a complete listing of criminal violations related to licensure  University policy can be found on pages 91-93 of the Undergraduate Course Catalog under the heading, “Background Check Policy Academic Programs”, which can be accessed at  

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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