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Clinical Experience & Careers

Clinical Experience
Marymount's location in the greater Washington metropolitan area provides students with more than 200 local clinic sites, many of them nationally recognized. In addition, the program can provide students with access to clinic placements outside of the Washington metropolitan area upon request. All of Marymount’s clinical sites provide a wide range of opportunities for mentored, hands-on learning in urban, suburban, and rural communities in settings such as:
  • in-patient rehabilitation hospitals
  • acute care hospitals
  • outpatient clinics representing specialty areas across the range of physical therapy practice: orthopedic and manual therapy, neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, work ergonomics, wellness and health promotion, etc.
  • skilled nursing facilities 
During clinical rotations, students may manage individuals in a variety of settings. This could include individuals with cardiac dysfunction on a transplant ward, spinal cord injury in a trauma unit, children in an acute hospital setting, athletes in a sports medicine facility, patients with stroke in a rehabilitation hospital or individuals with orthopedic dysfunction in an outpatient clinic.


This is an exciting time in the U.S. health care industry and it is a particularly exciting time for the rapidly growing profession of physical therapy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow much faster than average. Job opportunities will be good, especially in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings.”

Patients increasingly recognize physical therapists for their patient-centered care. Moreover, our nation’s aging population should spur an increased need for knowledgeable, skilled physical therapists in a variety of practice settings.