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Occupational Therapy Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship

Casa Colina’s Occupational Therapy Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program provides advanced knowledge and skill in a focused clinical environment. The coursework offers training in clinical examination, decision-making, and treatment skills. It is designed to accelerate a therapist’s professional development while allowing them to achieve clinical excellence in all aspects of patient care. Upon completion of the program, the clinician will have had the training to apply for the board certification offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in Physical Rehabilitation in three years (versus five years).

Casa Colina's' Occupational Therapy Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program achieved full 10-year accreditation status from AOTA in March 2018.

The Occupational Therapy Physical Rehabilitation Fellowship Program offers:

  • Mentored 1:1 clinical practice
  • Structured learning opportunities
  • Didactic coursework
  • Participation in physician specialty clinics
  • Preparation and training for AOTA advanced practice and board certification
  • Paid compensation for all hours of clinical practice as well as time being mentored

This 52-week program enrolls 1 to 2 fellows every July. The application and selection process includes an observation of the applicant performing an initial evaluation and treatment on a patient.

Applications are due April 1.


  • 1,200 hours of clinical practice (24 hours per week)
  • Rotations are completed for inpatient rehabilitation, transitional living, and outpatient neurology
  • 340 hours of one-to-one mentoring (6-7 hours per week)
  • 300 hours of fellow-directed learning activities such as teaching, journal club, research, and physician clinics

Program Director:

Debra S. Ouellette, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, SCLV.

For more information, email or call 909/596-7733, ext. 3652.

Application Information

For application information, click here.

Applications are due April 1.

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Maintain a valid California Occupational Therapy License.
  • Maintain a current CPR/AED certification.
  • Completed at least 6 months of clinical practice in a physical rehabilitation setting in the last year or a Level II Fieldwork assignment in physical rehabilitation (if a recent graduate). If the applicant is newly graduated, one of the three letters of recommendation from a fieldwork instructor is requested.
  • Comply with all Casa Colina employment requirements.

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