VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) 

exists to serve veterans through the delivery of timely, quality care, outstanding customer service, advancement of health care through research, and the education of tomorrow's health care providers.


The VA Boston Healthcare System Physical Therapy Clinical Education Program affiliates with Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant academic facilities throughout the New England area. There are upwards of 20 clinical student placements per year and the clinical education program works very  closely with the physical therapy residency program, other health profession students and members of the interprofessional team.

The VA Boston Healthcare System Physical Therapy Clinical Education Program  exists in multiple patient care settings across three campuses (Brockton, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury) as well as the Community-based Outpatient Clinic in Lowell, MA. 



During clinical experiences students may be placed in any of the following settings (singularly or in combination):

inpatient acute care, inpatient acute rehab/amputation support program, inpatient acute rehab in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), wheelchair and seating clinics, outpatient (general or SCI) clinics, aquatics, Emergency Department care, Community Living Center/subacute rehab, Long Term Care SCI, inpatient mental health and vestibular rehab.

If matched, students will have access to experienced Clinical Instructors that have completed the American Physical Therapy Credentialed Clinical Instructor Course. Students may have opportunities to participate in other clinical learning activities including:

  • Home safety evaluations/community outings

  • SCI Homecare

  • Whole Health

  • Telehealth

  • Interprofessional team meetings

  • Collaboration with support staff/PTA

  • Journal Club and Inservices

  • Grand Rounds

  • Adaptive Sports


Student Requirements:

  • Must be US citizen

  • Submit application paperwork

  • Submit TB test results/vaccinations

  • Fingerprinting

Questions? Contact Site Coordinator of Clinical Education, Jayna Rogers at

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