Allied Health Education

Clinical training for the entire health care team.

A physical therapy patient in a wheelchair in a gym at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. A physical therapy student is crouched next to him, holding his arm and elbow. A physical therapist stands behind with his hand on the man’s shoulder.

Quality Education for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Successful providers rely on skilled allied health professionals to provide well-rounded care for patients. At Hebrew SeniorLife, we provide clinical training for students in a variety of allied health fields. Our Harvard Medical School affiliation means you’ll learn from educators and mentors who are up-to-date on the latest best practices.

Read more below to learn about what’s available for students in different fields of study, or explore our academic programs website for specific opportunities and qualifications.

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Training Opportunities

Learn more about clinical internships in inpatient, outpatient, assisted living, and independent living settings.

Clinical training is provided in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and exercise therapy at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham. Settings include long-term chronic care, post-acute care, skilled nursing, and our outpatient clinic, plus community health at Center Communities of Brookline.

We believe that all seniors, regardless of ability, can participate in appropriate exercise programs. That’s why we offer supervised exercise programs for our long-term chronic care patients at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Interns and co-op students studying health sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise therapy, human movement and rehab, sports medicine, and disability studies work one-on-one with patients to help them retain mobility and independence.

Academic partners include Northeastern University, Simmons College, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston University Sargent College, UMass, and Bay State College.

As part of our long-term chronic care hospital license, we provide pharmacy services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham. We partner with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and others to provide Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

During a dietetic internship at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston or Dedham, you’ll work side by side with dietitians to gain exposure to sub-acute clinical nutrition, skilled nursing, and long-term medical care nutrition of geriatric patients. The internship is a supervised practical experience designed to provide a strong theoretical knowledge base.

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to open a Non-Degree Granting Full-Time and Non-Degree Granting Part-Time Dietetic Internship to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall 2021.
 
Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed program. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND. 

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for more information about the ACEND accreditation standards. 

Contact Alegria Cohen at 617-363-8248 or alegriacohen@hsl.harvard.edu

Social work interns work collaboratively with patients, residents, and their families by providing support across our continuum of care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham, as well as our Center Communities of Brookline independent living community. Interns work alongside clients coping with the many changes of later life by making referrals for necessary services and supports, helping with care coordination, supporting decisions around treatment options or end of life choices, and acting as an important liaison for patients, residents, and their families with providers in the community. Interns also support clients with immediate needs such as crisis management, and work within interdisciplinary teams to best assist clients in remaining as independent as possible to continue living their most fulfilled lives.

Internships in expressive therapies are available at our assisted living community at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston and Dedham, at our senior living community in Brookline, and in hospice care. You’ll lead or co-lead groups, and work one-on-one with patients alongside master’s-level mental health counselors who are also trained in modalities including art, dance and movement, and music.

The expressive therapies team provides psycho-social support to patients experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including adjustment to aging, health status changes, depression, and anxiety.

What People are saying about Hebrew SeniorLife

  • "The HRC nutrition team provided an excellent experience for my clinical and long-term chronic care rotations. I really value the team’s commitment to remaining up-to-date on current nutrition research and recommendations. Overall, I felt well-prepared for my exam due to my rotations at HRC. I passed the exam and got a job two months after completing my internship."

    Alicia Couture

    Registered Dietitian

  • "I learned a lot from my supervisor and had many opportunities to co-lead and lead groups, allowing me to work with and get to know a diverse range of patients. Every interaction with the patients was unique and meaningful, and it was a very memorable experience."

    Lindsey Spratt, M.A.

    Dance/Movement Therapist

  • "During my dietetic internship, I spent two weeks at HRC for a long-term chronic care rotation, where the knowledgeable and compassionate dietitians taught me so much about working in long-term chronic care and about the nutrition needs of the geriatric population. I had such a great experience that I went back for a week of staff relief and applied for a position at NewBridge on the Charles after completing my internship. The connections I made at HRC definitely helped me to get hired at NewBridge as a clinical dietitian, and everything I learned during my internship rotation carried over into my new role, making it a very smooth transition!"

    Tayla Carter

    Clinical Dietitian