Service Learning and Community Engagement

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Service-Learning Clinic

The Service-Learning Clinic (SLC), created in 2003, was developed to provide physical therapy, rehabilitation, and consultative services to the Bellarmine University and local communities. Graduate physical therapy students provide a variety of services under the supervision of expert clinical faculty instructors. Physical therapy services include examination, evaluation and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, neurological, and developmental conditions. 


The location of the main campus clinic is 2120 Newburg Road, Room 110: The SLC is located on the first floor of Nolen C. Allen Hall (NCAH), which is located directly across from the university’s main entrance on Newburg Road. The university provides shuttle service between NCAH and main campus. The DPT Program now has seven service-learning clinical sites where services are offered for individuals across the lifespan, from children to aging adults, and for a variety of conditions such as athletic injuries, diabetes, and neurological conditions. For directions, visit our Campus Directions page.

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring Academic Semesters

  • Tuesday - 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Schedule an Appointment

Call 502.272.7978 or email Ms. Autumn Smith at

Our Mission

Rooted in the Catholic liberal arts tradition, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program’s Service Learning Clinic offers students the opportunity to provide care with integrity and sensitivity to the surrounding community. Professional development, clinical application, and community service are accomplished through mentoring, cooperative learning and intellectual reflection.

The Service Learning Clinic embodies the Core Values defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and follows the APTA Code of Ethics. The Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program supports the Vision of the American Physical Therapy Association

Hobbs Service Learning Clinic News Release

Bellarmine dedicates nation's first endowed physical therapy service learning clinic.

Community Engagement

Students and faculty are engaged in a wide variety of activities with partners in the community. Students are encouraged to participate in advocacy events across the state, preparing them to be professional advocates when they return home. Visit out Community Engagement Flickr slideshow for examples of our efforts in the community.