clinical affiliation program.

Professional’s Clinical Affiliation Program offers students an opportunity to gain hands on experience with our patients and receive mentorship with our clinical instructors. The program was designed to bridge the placement gap for undergraduate students into a PT program.

Many of our instructors are Credentialed Clinical Instructors by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and all are dedicated to ensuring that the student’s experience at Professional is a rewarding one. We currently have contracts with over 100 colleges and universities that participate in our Clinical Affiliation Program.

At Professional Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves on providing not only high-quality care to our patients, but also high-quality education to our students.

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)

What to Expect

As a student affiliating with Professional, you will be exposed to a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Your Clinical Instructor will guide you through a program designed to ensure that each student has a uniform experience, which will include Evaluation and Treatment of patients in your assigned clinic and completion of an in-service, as well as the opportunity to observe surgeries and attend lectures with nationally renowned orthopedic surgeons.

Throughout your affiliation, you will not only achieve the goals set for you by your academic program, but also experience the internal education process that is ongoing for all Professional employees. You will have access to our Clinical Library, which contains the evidence-based landmark articles that define our practice. You will become a part of the relationships we have built with schools, doctors, and hospitals. You will learn from not only your assigned Clinical Instructor, but also from other members of our seasoned staff.

At Professional, we believe that one of the greatest contributions that we can make to the field of Physical Therapy is to provide the highest quality of clinical education to each student that participates in our Clinical Affiliation Program. Our Clinical Instructors are chosen not only for their excellent clinical skills, but also for their ability to demonstrate the core values of the APTA in their daily work.  Many of our current Therapists who went through this program later returned to become full-time members of our staff, and as a Physical Therapist-owned company, we are proud to say that many of our former students are now Clinical Directors and Partners in the company.

Are you ready to put your Knowledge in Action? For more information about participating in a clinical affiliation with Professional Physical Therapy, contact us at

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 new internal management system to grow the program to what it is today.

She is a graduate of SUNY Cortland, where she earned a dual degree in Athletic Training and Health Science.

Professional PT Awarded 2022 Hall of Fame from Mercy College

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”.
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Mercy College Hall of Fame Certificate.

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