Observation Hours for PT and OT Students
Volunteer Observation Hours are Not Available Due to the Pandemic
Normally, Bacharach welcomes college students who need Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy observation hours in order to apply to graduate school. However, it is not safe at this time. This page will be updated as soon as we can safely offer observation hours to students once again.
We have openings available at this time for inpatient and outpatient observation hours.
We do not offer PT or OT internships, only observation hours.
We do not accept high school students.
Inpatient observation hours are offered Monday- Friday during business hours.
Observation hours are not offered on weekends.
For speech hours or cardiac hours, see below.
To be considered for observation hours complete the forms below and mail, scan or fax to:
M. J. Perskie
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation
61 West Jimmie Leeds Road
Pomona, NJ 08240
phone: (609) 748-5250
fax: (609) 748-5432
It takes approximately 2 weeks to get the 2- step Tuberculine screen (also known as a ppd), which tests for exposure to tuberculosis. You may choose to get the QuantiFERON TB Gold blood test for TB exposure instead. Check with your doctor about availabilty and cost. You must complete one or the other to observe in a hospital per New Jersey law.
Bring the health form to your doctor. New Jersey requires a 2-step Tuberculine screen (also known as a ppd) OR a QuantiFERON TB Gold blood test for anyone volunteering in a healthcare setting. The second test may be performed between 1 and 3 weeks after the first screen. If you have had a single screen within the past 12 months, you just need 1 more screen, but documentation for both is required. Flu vaccinations are required if you are volunteering between October 1 and April 30. Incomplete applications will be returned.
Completed applications include-
- Documentation for the 2-step Tuberculine ppd screen OR QuantiFERON TB Gold blood test for TB exposure
- Documentation for 2019-20 flu vaccination
- Names and phone numbers of 3 references
- Once we have a completed application, we will contact you with instructions for completing the online orientation
If you have already observed and need documentation of your hours, please reach out directly to the clinician.
If you need speech observation hours please contact Jane Hocker, MA CCC-SLP.
Phone: 609-652-7000 ext. 6850