Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers inpatient and outpatient observation opportunities to students who are interested in:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Sports medicine physical therapy
- Speech-language pathology.
Through these observation opportunities, students have the chance to view the treatment of pediatric patients exhibiting a wide range of injuries, illnesses and disorders.
Students must be age 18 or older to observe due to HIPAA restrictions. Observations opportunities are limited because of staff availability and high census and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We offer two types of clinical observations in our two hospitals, nine outpatient rehabilitation locations and 10 sports medicine locations:
- Short-term observation–Eight hours or less. If you are not in a graduate program, you can only do a short-term observation.*
- Long-term observation–Longer than nine hours but not exceeding 20 hours, or 40 hours for sports medicine. Only students that are in a graduate program are eligible for long-term observation.*
*Graduate and non-graduate students are eligible for both short- and long-term sports medicine physical therapy and rehabilitation physical therapy observations.
If you are interested, apply for an observation. You will be asked to select an observation type and your desired rehabilitation locations or sports medicine locations.
Please note there is additional availability for students to observe and volunteer through our volunteer services department.