clinical affiliation program.

Professional’s Clinical Affiliation Program offers students an opportunity to gain hands on experience with our patients and receive high quality mentorship with our clinical instructors.

Our Clinical Instructors are dedicated to ensuring that the student’s experience at Professional is a not only an exceptional clinical experience but a rewarding one. Many of our CI’s stay in touch with our students as lifelong mentors. We currently have contracts with over 150 colleges and universities that participate in our Clinical Affiliation Program.

“At Professional, our commitment extends beyond delivering exceptional patient care; we take pride in providing top-notch education to our students. Our dedication to giving back to both students and the physical therapy profession reflects our belief in the paramount importance of education.”

-Kim Ciprian, Director of Clinical Affiliations

What Students Can Expect

Exposure to a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and specialties

  • Shadow any one of our 20+ specialties.
  • Collaborate with senior clinicians to evaluate patients and give them a comprehensive treatment experience.
  • Opportunities to observe surgeries and discuss a wide variety of conditions and injuries.

Ongoing Learning Opportunities

  • Our Clinical Excellence Program provides world class clinical education for superior patient results through content education, mentorship, management, and leadership opportunities.
  • Attend participating doctor lectures.
  • Have access to our clinical library that includes live courses and treatment technique videos.

More Paths on Your Career Journey

  • Opportunities to become a full-time member of our staff at one of our 200+ locations.
  • Opportunities to grow your career as a Clinical Director, Regional Operations, Clinical Excellence, or corporate leadership.
  • Our industry-leading Strategic Partnership program for qualifying clinicians who want to become partners and want to be vested in ownership and operations.
  • Our Orthopedic Residency Program in conjunction with NYIT for individuals aiming for a career centered on delivering superior patient outcomes.
  • We have an accredited Fellowship Program in New England, Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) for those seeking a program that supports application to FAAOMPT status.

Additional Benefits

  • Diverse patient and staff population.
  • Relationship and network building with various levels of clinicians, doctors, and hospitals.

We Accept All Levels Of Clinical Affiliation Students From

Accredited Physical Therapy Programs
Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Programs
Accredited Athletic Training Programs
Accredited OT Programs (Wrist and Hand Specialty)

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Here’s What Sets Us Apart

150+ Partner Colleges & Universities

18+ Years Commitment to Educational Initiatives with our Affiliated Partners and Giving Back to the Field of Physical Therapy

18+ Years Mentoring Students

20,000+ 5 Star Reviews

25+ Years in Business

200+ Offices

630+ Therapists

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Kim Ciprian

Kim Ciprian

Director of Clinical Affiliations

Kim Ciprian has been with Professional Physical Therapy since 2001. She started her career with Professional as a Certified Athletic Trainer and worked in various departments learning all aspects of the business. She took over the Clinical Affiliation program in 2018 where she developed a custom Clinical Affiliation Management System for the program. This system has helped us grow the program, develop relationships, and provide students with exceptional clinical experiences.

She is a graduate of SUNY Cortland, where she earned a dual degree in Athletic Training and Health Science. In 2023, Kim participated in the prestigious New England Consortium at Springfield College.

For more information about participating in a clinical affiliation with Professional Physical Therapy, contact Kim at kciprian@professionalpt.com

If you want Professional’s Clinical Excellence Team to lecture at your college or University, contact Kim at kciprian@professionalpt.com. We love to collaborate with our Academic partners.

Our clinicians love being educators, see what sets us apart

Christina Ciccione-Fazzolare

Christina Ciccione

Our CAP program provides students with an excellent hands-on experience to hone their manual skills before graduating and becoming clinicians. As a product of the CAP program, I am always willing and excited to pass on my skills to the upcoming generation of DPTs. Our CAP program is a way for us to shape the future generation of DPTs while also giving back to the profession as a whole. Professional PT also gives students unique opportunities to enhance their clinical affiliations with continuing education lectures, seminars, courses, and the ability to shadow different clinicians with different skill sets during their time with us.

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Steve Vitale

I have taken CAP students for 5 years now and it’s one of the best things we can do as Physical Therapists! Having a CAP student allows me to stay on my “clinical toes” and helps prevent me from falling into a rut.  As a CD, I want my entire staff to be full of people excited to learn and grow and having a CAP student helps to create a culture of learning in the clinic. I also strongly believe that one of the most important things we can do as physical therapists is give forward to the newer therapists to help influence the direction of our profession and influence patient care.

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Derek McConnell

All too often I hear about students with terrible PT experiences. My last student came to us in a panic – their final affil CI was leaving them with an ATC 3 days a week, unsupervised and never checking in. Her first affil CI “didn’t believe the lumbar spine needs to rotate” and that “therapeutic exercise doesn’t work” so they just never performed either. The student had barely any manual skills, had only done TWO EVALS in her ENTIRE SPT CAREER, and none of this was her fault. She was eager to learn, happy to help around the clinic, extremely affable, loved by our patients and a quick study. As CIs and/or CDs it’s our responsibility to take on cases like this. If we want to better the field, we need to share our knowledge and continue creating more hands-on PTs. I never want to hear from another patient “I didn’t know PTs put their hands on patients.” By the time her affiliation with Professional ended, she was an excellent SPT who we in turn offered a job. Success stories like this make the long days worth it.

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Andrew Frazzini

Having a CAP student is something I love as a part of my job. Being a teacher/educator for the younger therapists entering the workforce is something I’ve always valued doing. Being able to bridge the gap between academic learning and clinical learning is important. Seeing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life situations is a very fun and rewarding experience.

Having a student in the clinic working with our patients helps the patient understand that this is a teaching environment as well. It helps as a CI to have a conversation with both patient and student about examination findings and treatment options. I think this educational factor is an important part of the patient experience and working with a student helps to elevate that experience.

Kaitlyn Colgan

Kaitlyn Colgan

I really enjoy having a student with me in the clinic. I appreciate the opportunity to teach and further their education, and they often add to the clinic by providing a new perspective and ideas for patient care. Patients are excited to teach the students about their own PT experience and how they’ve improved since beginning PT. I received excellent mentorship when I was a student that I felt shaped my growth as a clinician, and I’m eager to pass this on to the next students to facilitate improved overall patient care.

Rich Lenz

Rich Lenz

I enjoy taking students because I love to teach.

It helps with testing my own knowledge by asking me questions that I might not think to ask.

I might also need to explain something in a different way to teach the student which helps me when I have a question that comes up from a patient and I need to teach in a different way to the patient.

Not only does it help with my learning but builds my caseload because I can see more patients while the student works with the patients, they are comfortable with.

Jonathan DeMatteis

Jonathan DeMatteis

In my opinion, it’s about giving back. I had 5 Cis that went out of their way to help groom me into a novice clinician and to help me pass my boards. So, with that in mind, I pay it forward, giving back to the profession. Plus, one day, these students will be taking care of a friend or family member and you want to make sure they are treating them exactly as you would want them to.

An extra hand and extra brain to assist you through the shift makes the day a lot easier and teaching the importance of documentation and authorization is very beneficial.

It does take work at the beginning of the affiliation to teach the student how to treat, but after that work is done  on the front end, it eases the burden at the end of the affiliation when a student can assist in carrying the caseload.

Awards & Recognitions

On July 21,2022, Professional Physical Therapy was awarded the Hall of Fame Award from Mercy College for exceptional clinical education for Physical Therapy. This award recognizes Professional’s “lifelong commitment to clinical education and mentorship of future professionals”.

READ MORE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR

During the Pandemic of 2020, the University issued a proclamation of appreciation for our commitment to clinical education and to thank us for embracing innovation in the face of challenge.

READ MORE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS RECOGNITION.