Clinical experience is a vital part of physical therapy education. A special feature at Puget Sound is the on-site teaching clinic. Students are supervised by expert clinicians from the community, but are responsible for every part of the patient encounter. This learning environment provides an unparalleled transitional experience that helps students more fully benefit from off-campus internships.

Adult On-Site Clinic: (Fall 2017, SCHEDULING AUGUST 2017 - Tue/Thu ONLY)

The adult on-site clinic provides care for individuals with neurological diagnoses such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, as well as orthopedic injuries to muscles, bones, and joints. The clinic also provides care for individuals whose physical function has been impacted as a consequence of systemic illnesses such as diabetes or cancer. In addition, the onsite clinic also offers an exercise/wellness program during the fall semester for individuals with minor musculoskeletal or neurological diagnoses who wish to improve or maintain their current levels of fitness.

Pediatric On-Site Clinic: (Fall 2017, SCHEDULING AUGUST 2017 - Tue/Thu ONLY)

The pediatric on-site clinic provides services for children with motor delays during the Fall semester only. Third-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students will provide evaluation and intervention for your child, under the direct supervision and guidance of an experienced, practicing pediatric physical therapist. 

Children may be referred by their parents, physician, community therapist or teacher.  A medical referral is needed for children under active medical care.

Parents must provide transportation for their child to and from the UPS clinic (North end of Tacoma).  All children will be seen for weekly 50-minute sessions on Tuesday and/or Thursday.  Three different appointments times are available (2:30 pm, 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm).

Referral Forms: 

The clinic operates via direct access and can accept either self-referrals or referrals from a health care provider.



Pediatric Referral Form

Return documents to our Physical Therapy Administrative Assistant via fax, mail or in person.
Fax: 253.879.2933 
Mail: 1500 N. Warner St. #1030, Tacoma WA, 98416 ATTN: PT
Drop Off: Weyerhaeuser Hall, room 220, (N.11th Street - Across from the Fieldhouse, behind Baker Stadium.) 

Referral forms can also be requested by email or phone:
Phone: 253.879.3180

Hours of Operation:

The clinic operates on the academic calendar both fall and spring semesters as follows:

  • Fall Semester – Tuesdays and Thursdays  9:30 am – 5:30 p.m.
  • Spring Semester – Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


There is no charge for the physical therapy services received in the on-site clinic. There is a $50.00 administrative support fee each semester for participation in the clinic (Adult and Pediatric Clinic). Participants can pay any time during their visits, it is not required up front.