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Physical and Occupational Therapy Placements

NYM offers a newly expanded opportunity for students pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy. Volunteers are placed in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have the opportunity to interact with and to support patients and staff.

Physical Therapy Placements:
By working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, volunteers will gain experience in the full spectrum of physical therapy care.

In the inpatient unit, volunteers accompany therapists both at bedside treating immediately post-surgical patients and in the gym as patients work towards discharge.

In the outpatient clinic, volunteers encounter patients engaged in therapies to reduce pain, to avoid surgical procedures, or rediscovering fine motor skills following surgery. Volunteers may have the opportunity to work in one or more of the following clinical areas:

  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Women's Health
  • Vestibular and Balance Disorders

Occupational Therapy Placement:
Inpatient, volunteers will assist in the gym, focusing on activities of daily living with post-surgical patients and patients experiencing neurological disorders. In the outpatient clinic, volunteers will have the opportunity to observe hand and fine motor therapies.


  • Minimum Age: 20 years old
  • Minimum Time: Two four-hour shifts weekly for a minimum of six months. To the extent possible, volunteers will have one inpatient shift and one outpatient.
  • Available Times: With some restrictions, Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 8am-5pm (PT) & 8am-12pm (OT)

Best Suited For:
Students currently on the educational path to obtain a PT or an OT degree.

Verification of hours will be given only after the volunteer has finished the minimum six-month and 150-hour commitment.