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  • Locations: Multiple Cities in Alaska, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description

This program features outpatient clinical experience focusing on physical therapy and manual therapy skills, while working with experienced Alaskan physical therapists. Students will encounter high exposure to dry needling, manipulation, RedCord Therapy, cupping technique, and deep tissue massage along with familiar orthopedic interventions. 

DPT 804 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective Tracks  (9 credits)
Continued study in selected topic areas including the broad spectrum of primary clinical practice settings. Generally, students focus on 1 of 3 areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular rehabilitation or research. Much of the course will be taught in a mock clinical setting with patients/clients for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular tracks and in a laboratory-based or field work setting for research track. Topics included may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be on continued development of clinical and research skills to prepare students for today’s demanding health care environment. In lieu of continued study in 1 of 3 areas, students may request an independent study in physical therapy (including a Global Learning Opportunity). Request will be generated by the student through a faculty sponsor. Requires advanced approval (by the beginning of Year III of the DPT curriculum) of the course faculty.
  • Musculoskeletal track: Dr. Christopher
  • Neuromuscular track: Dr. Freund
  • Pediatrics track: Dr. Paula DiBiasio
  • Research track: Dr. Vallabhajosula

About the Location

Students will visit two outpatient clinics in the town of Wasilla, Alaska. Wasilla is located 45 minutes Northwest of Anchorage. This town sits in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley surrounded by the Alaskan Range, the Talkeetna Mountain, and the Chugach Mountains. To some it is known by the home town of Sarah Palin. 

Transportation Needs 
Public transportation is not available. An affordable long term rental car agreement can be made with Hertz car rental located at the Anchorage Airport.

Service/Volunteer Opportunities
The following are viable service and volunteer opportunities:

  • Alaskan Heritage Cultural Center
  • World Eskimo Indian Olympics (July) Contact Nicole Johnston (907)529-1147
  • Sr. Native Youth Olympics (April) Contact Nicole Johnston (907)529-1147
  • Alaskan Native Medical Center and potential off site village clinic travels (Diabetes Program) Contact Katrina Johnson, PT, CCCE (907)729-1271,

Dates and Deadlines

Applications open: Oct. 29, 2018
Applications close: Jan. 31, 2019


Costs for study away vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please view the budget sheet.This is the budget that was proposed by previous students and may vary based on time of year and during which clinical rotation it is.


Liability Coverage
Under the current University liability insurance policy, students will be covered by University liability insurance when participating in an approved GLO program. 


Students are responsible for securing housing. To date, the most common form of housing has been rental. Previous student blogs may be useful resources.


  • Students must complete the online application and pre-departure and post-departure learning modules by the published deadline.
  • Students must remain in good academic and professional standing to qualify for participation.
  • Students on academic or professional probation are not permitted to participate.
  • Students are required to blog from their location as part of their course related requirements.
  • All GLO students are required to present their experiences at the School of Health Sciences Annual GLO Fest.


Prior to applying, all candidates are expected to meet with the program leader.

Additional Information and Links

To view blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs, view the GLO DPT Student Blog page.

Connect with the GEC, GLO alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal and #ElonDPTGLO!

Program Leader: Dr. Paula DiBiasio
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center 100D
2085 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Useful Links

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/28/2019
12/31/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.