Student Opportunities

Students who want to elevate their skills and leadership or gain experience and exposure in the field of rehabilitation will find Good Shepherd a welcoming partner with exciting, high-level educational opportunities.

Good Shepherd’s Therapy Student Fall Application Window is open between 9/15/23 and 10/8/23.  Please apply here for a 2024 student placement.

Observation Students

Good Shepherd’s Student Observation program allows individuals 16 years and older to observe the field of rehabilitation for up to 24 hours in several locations and settings throughout the network. 

Criteria for observation:

  • Can complete up to 24 hours of observation that includes no direct, hands-on patient contact
  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must provide proof of Covid and Flu vaccinations
  • Must sign and return the Student Observation documents (with parental consent when applicable)

If you are interested in observing up to 24 hours, you may sign up here.

If you are interested in more than 24 hours, please contact our volunteer office.

Undergraduate, Graduate & Post-Graduate Students

Good Shepherd offers observation and clinical student affiliation experiences in adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings, and long-term care settings. Good Shepherd provides clinical student affiliations in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, recreational therapy, respiratory therapy, care management (social work) and exercise physiology. Good Shepherd provides non-clinical student affiliations when available.

  • All students must show proof of receiving a COVID vaccine and sign the Waiver of Liability.
  • Students must be 16 years of age or older.
  • To complete a clinical student affiliation at Good Shepherd, you must complete and submit the necessary compliance documents.

Good Shepherd hosts two application windows for hands-on, for-credit physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech-language pathology (SLP) students seeking a placement within our network. There is an application window in the spring and then another one in the fall. Please visit our website periodically for updates on when our windows will be open.

The students who apply within an application window have their applications, resumes and subsequent interviews reviewed, scored and ranked as part of a match process. This rigorous process is designed to match top-tier students with the most appropriate experiences, settings and supervisors within our network.

Students who apply for rotations with our network outside of the application windows will be automatically added to our waitlist. If you wish to do so, you may apply here.

We offer opportunities at a variety of rehabilitation settings and locations:

  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
    • One skilled nursing facility (SNF) and two assisted-living facilities
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
    • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital (Allentown, PA)
  • Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
    • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit
  • Long-Term Acute Care (LTACH)
    • Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital (Bethlehem, PA)
  • Long-Term Care
    • Good Shepherd Home – Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA)
    • Good Shepherd Home – Raker Center (Allentown, PA)
  • Outpatient Neurologic Rehabilitation
    • Hyland Center for Health & Technology (Allentown, PA)
  • Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
    • Three locations in eastern Pennsylvania
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
    • 25 locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania

For more information, email [email protected].

For more information about Good Shepherd’s undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate student opportunities, please email [email protected]