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student clinical education experiences

Athletico’s Student Clinical Education Department is designed to enhance the learning of physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, and occupational therapy students in the clinical setting. Our clinical instructors are dedicated to improving the knowledge of their students, as well as expanding their skill set to prepare the students for meeting the competencies required of entry-level clinicians.

Athletico is proud to be affiliated with accredited physical therapy and occupational therapy programs nationwide. This reflects on the quality of education and support that students receive at our clinical sites. In addition to working with APTA and NBCOT-credentialed Clinical Instructors, students have full access to many additional benefits including:

    Specialty Clinical Experiences

    Athletico is proud to offer specialty physical therapy clinical experiences through our Student-to-Specialist program, S2S. This is an opportunity for students interested in gaining hands- on experience alongside a clinician who has their OCS, Manual Therapy Certification, or is trained in Vestibular, Pelvic Health, Endurance, or Performing Arts rehabilitation. This is an advanced- level clinical experience for final- year PT students interested in orthopedics. Please apply through the applications below. The academic Director of Clinical Education may contact your local SCCE, or email to inquire about our availability if the deadline application has passed.

    Job Shadow/Student Observation Opportunities

    To learn more about Job Shadow/Observation opportunities with Athletico, click the button below.

    Student Observation/Shadowing Request

    Information for DPT, OT/OTD, or PTA Students

    If you are interested in setting up one of your clinical rotation experiences with Athletico, please communicate with the Director of Clinical Education, DCE, at your academic institution. Your DCE will contact Athletico to make appropriate arrangements. The Site Coordinator of Clinical Education, SCCE, is responsible for coordinating assignments and activities of students within Athletico. Your local SCCE will ask you to provide a list of your preferred top 5 locations, then your SCCE will work to find the best location and Clinical Instructor, CI, to fit your request.

    Information for Academic Institutions

    Please email for more information to establish a contract and become an affiliate academic institution with Athletico.

    *Athletico has additional contracts with academic institutions and we place students from these additional institutions on an as-needed basis. Please contact us with questions at

    For established academic affiliates, please contact your Site Coordinator of Clinical Education, SCCE, directly for placement of students in each territory. SCCE contact information will be dispersed to the DCE of each academic institution during yearly commitment forms.

    Contact Information

    • If you should have any questions regarding Athletico Physical Therapy Student Clinical Education Experiences, please contact:
    • If you should have any questions regarding the Athletico Occupational/Hand Therapy Student Clinical Education Experiences, please contact:
    • Shadow/Observation opportunities: Human Resources at

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