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 graduate 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.

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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 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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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.


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.

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