Student Opportunities

At Sheltering Arms Institute, we are dedicated to advancing the science of physical rehabilitation by helping future professionals on their educational and training journeys. We offer the following opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students.

Therapy Clinical Rotations

Sheltering Arms Institute offers placements for students enrolled in accredited graduate programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and therapeutic recreation. Placements are arranged directly with the schools.

If you would like more information about our graduate student programs, please contact the appropriate person in your field of study:

Jessi Vaught
Physical Therapist Advisor

Caitlin Wright
Occupational Therapist Advisor

Ali Holmes
Speech Language Pathologist Advisor

Liz Creasman
Recreation Therapy Advisor

Physical Therapy Neurological Residency

Sheltering Arms Institute’s physical therapy neurological residency program is offered in partnership through VCU College of Health Professions – School of Physical Therapy. A residency program in neurologic physical therapy is one way that SAI and our partners are leaders in the science of rehabilitation. Working with VCU School of Physical Therapy, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers and VCU Health System, we can bring talented leaders in the field as they pursue training necessary to become board-certified neurologic clinical specialists (NCS). Sheltering Arms Institute has several mentors who are specialty certified and provide valuable experience and expertise during the inpatient rehabilitation rotations.

Experiences at several clinical sites are designed to achieve the vision of The Virginia Commonwealth University-Sheltering Arms Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program while preparing the resident for successful completion of the specialty exam.

The one-year residency includes:

  • Contributing to a clinical project that can be disseminated nationally (scholarship-research)
  • Contributing to an initiative aimed to improve the health of the community (service-learning)
  • Promoting evidence based care (evidence based practice)
  • Learning through interprofessional collaboration and networking (interprofessional education)
  • Teaching in the entry level program or for professional development events (teaching)

Although residents are expected to contribute to and learn from each component of the program, residents are encouraged to design an experience that both provides a foundation for their continued professional development and challenges their professional growth. The clinical mentors and residency faculty help guide the design of the resident’s individualized experience.

For additional information related to the PT Neurological Residency, contact:

Jessi Vaught
Physical Therapist Advisor