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Physical Therapy: Careers


At the University of Michigan Health System we give Physical Therapists the opportunity to experience a career unlike any other through our vast patient services. After all, we are known for achieving excellence in medical education, patient care and research and for providing numerous professional development resources to our employees.

Why University of Michigan Health System?
Michigan is one of the nation’s leading health care systems that offer employees the best resources and support for their careers.  Outstanding benefits include:

Working with the latest treatment modalities and advanced therapy techniques, our physical therapists are encouraged to enhance their professional skills. And working with our vast variety of patient populations, (PDF) they also have the chance to become more versatile in their positions. 

If you’re ready to be a part of the Michigan Difference, contact us at otptjobs@med.umich.edu.

University of Michigan is an non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

Service Area

University Hospital Outpatient– Therapists at University Hospital treat a wide variety of patient populations which include general orthopedics (including spine and extremity), geriatrics, oncology, and obstetrics/gynecology.  University Hospital also offers opportunities to work in specialty programs within Women’s/Men’s Health (pelvic floor rehab), chronic headache, lymphedema and the aphasia program.

Canton Outpatient Center – Therapists at the Canton Center have the opportunity to treat post-operative orthopedic and general neurological conditions, general orthopedics (both spine and extremity), as well as opportunities in pediatric orthopedics, torticollis and women’s health/pelvic floor rehab.

MedRehab – Therapists at the MedRehab facility have the opportunity to see a wide variety of orthopedic and/or neurologic conditions.  These therapists treat general orthopedics (both spine and extremity), post-operative conditions, as well as general neurologic conditions.  MedRehab is a center specialty for outpatient spine cord injury treatment.  This facility utilizes the Lokomat device, state-of-the-art therapy for SCI rehab.

University Hospital Medical/Surgical Acute Care – Therapists working on medical/surgical acute care rotate within a wide variety of patient populations. Those commonly seen are: orthopedic surgery, general surgery, trauma, burn, general medicine, pulmonary medicine, oncology, and medical and surgical intensive care.  Therapists in the medical/surgical acute care program treat patients seen in the Level 1 trauma/burn center, national cystic fibrosis treatment center, and bone marrow transplant program.  These physical therapists also treat patients weaning from the ventilator.

Cardiovascular Acute Care – Therapists working in cardiovascular acute care have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients with cardiac and vascular diagnoses.  This includes patients after myocardial infarction, thoracic and/or vascular surgery, amputations or those with arrhythmias.  These therapists are also part of our specialty programs for heart and lung transplant and ventricular assist devices.  This setting provides opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient wound care.

University Hospital Inpatient Rehab – Therapists working in Inpatient Rehab have the opportunity to treat patients with various neurological and medical conditions including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and post strokes.  This division is a Model Spinal Cord Injury Program, one of a few in the nation.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and MedRehab Milestones- Our pediatric division offers therapists the opportunity to treat neonates to young adults - throughout the continuum of care. This includes acute care (including ICU) and both inpatient rehab and outpatients.  Commonly treated patient populations are neonatal ICU, orthopedics, congenital neurologic disorders, trauma, torticollis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, oncology, cystic fibrosis, organ transplants, and cardiac including pediatric ventricular assist device implants.  These therapists are part of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia program and this department is also a Model Spinal Cord Injury Program.

Hand Therapy – Therapists working within hand therapy have the opportunity to work at many different sites providing skilled therapy to patients with hand and upper extremity injuries. 

The Spine Program – Therapists at the Spine Program treat patients with all varieties of low back, thoracic, and cervical pain/dysfunction, as well as chronic headache and temporal-mandibular dysfunction.  The Program also offers the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary chronic pain team and treat patients with upper extremity amputations and post-polio seating assessments.