For Students, Education is Always Evolving

By Margaret Schmidt

A solid education foundation is imperative to success in therapy. RehabCare believes in investing in education at every step to give therapy students ample opportunities to succeed and best serve our communities.

RehabCare’s Student Programs division focuses on teaching and recruiting the brightest future therapists in the field and ensuring future success in their careers. RehabCare partners with therapy schools across the country to offer rotations in its facilities to students. We know it is important that experiential education begins early in training, and students are exposed to many different diagnoses as they work alongside doctors, case managers, nurses and other therapists. Clinical internships range from two weeks to six months, and students may complete rotations in a variety of settings: skilled nursing centers, transitional care hospitals and sub-acute settings.

These clinical internships also offer students the opportunity to attend educational presentations and conferences nationwide, where they can continue to learn from other seasoned RehabCare therapists. Recently, RehabCare partnered with Marquette University’s Department of Physical Therapy to deliver a program on Outcome Measures for the Geriatric Population in the Milwaukee area. Physical therapy students shared best practices toward improving patient outcomes, and more than 30 RehabCare therapists joined for the educational evening. Clinical education keeps evolving after school, and therapists and students thus continue their education together to stay current on the most innovative ways to deliver care.

On top of the experience benefits, students enjoy fun programs and events and have the chance to win great prizes and giveaways throughout the year. Students must have fun in the process of learning, and events like yoga sessions give them a chance to unwind from their rigorous education.

Katherine Reid, a certified occupational therapist assistant (COTA) student in Virginia, said her recent internship in Harbor View has been challenging but marked by personal growth. “My clinical instructor, Sarah, is awesome and helps me if I ever feel lost or confused, and she encourages me to ask questions every day,” said Reid.

For those who are newly graduated and working with us, RehabCare offers mentoring to make sure new therapists have proper guidance during their first year of employment. The AIM (Advise, Inspire, Mentor) Mentorship Program pairs new graduates with experienced professionals to ensure a smooth transition into the working world.

New and seasoned RehabCare therapists also have the opportunity to earn their CEU credits at their convenience through our online Continuing Education Program. We are always looking for new ways to offer credits.

To learn more about RehabCare’s Student Programs and clinical internships, visit The Campus Blog, where current interns share their clinical internship experiences and more in the blog’s “In the Words of a Student” series.

By Margaret Schmidt