PT Internship

Physical Therapy Internship

At CHOP, we offer an exciting pre-professional student internship program in physical therapy. With more than 20 credentialed clinical instructors, our mission is to prepare entry-level practitioners for the field of pediatric physical therapy.

Participants will have finished all of their didactic work prior to being assigned and will be challenged to utilize this knowledge as well as new evidence from the literature to support their practice. Students successfully completing the internship program will be ready to enter the profession with basic competencies in the areas of pediatric evidence-based clinical care, ethical and effective patient care management, professional behavior, patient and family education, communication, documentation and cultural diversity.

For more information, contact your ACCE or Sue Migliore, PT, DPT, MS, PCS, at 215-590-4411.


  • Provide an advanced, specialized learning experience in pediatrics for entry-level clinicians
  • Create a liaison between affiliating institutions and clinical staff
  • Match each student's learning objectives with the appropriate intervention setting and with an APTA credentialed clinical instructor
  • Enhance the teaching skills of our clinical instructors

Educational objectives

At the end of the program Interns will be able to:

  • Practice in a safe, ethical and effective manner within the hospital based or outpatient setting
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication in the care of their patients
  • With direct supervision, perform initial examinations inclusive of history, systems review, tests and measures, goals and plans of care within the within their assigned rotation(s)
  • With direct supervision, demonstrate competency with basic PT interventions
  • Demonstrate cultural competency as evidenced by their interaction with patients/caregivers from diverse backgrounds
  • Practice family-centered care by incorporating the patient and caregivers into the PT goals and plans of care
  • Utilize evidence to support their clinical decision making

Admission criteria

  • Participants will be graduation eligible from an APTA accredited DPT program (i.e. on their final affiliation).
  • Participating institutions will have a current student contract with CHOP.
  • Participating institutions will engage in an annual review of their pediatric curriculum.
  • Participants will have demonstrated advanced clinical decision making skills and a desire to pursue a career in pediatrics.
  • Participants will have demonstrated cultural competence by their institutions' curriculum.
  • Participants will participate in the interview process and will be accepted or declined pending the outcome of the interview and recommendation forms from the school.

Affiliating schools

  • Arcadia University
  • Bellarmine University
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • The Richard Stockton College of NJ
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • UMDNJ: Rutgers and Newark
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • University of Scranton
  • University of Southern California

Reviewed on April 18, 2014