Athletic Training services at the John F. Kennedy Space Center are evidence based, detail oriented and metric driven, providing an exceptional clinical experience to help AT students achieve new heights in the pursuit of becoming proficient medical professionals.

Our unique setting provides an opportunity for the AT student to interact with a patient demographic that is quite different than your typical sport-focused athletic training environment. During their clinical experience, students learn new ways to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities that they have already acquired and continue to develop new skills to launch their careers into the future and beyond!

The RehabWorks Clinic is at the leading edge of Physical Medicine and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Our AT clinicians implement therapeutic techniques and modalities that are tissue and mechanism specific to accomplish high quality, patient-rated and objective driven outcomes in restoring function and quality of life for all of our patients.

We continually develop our clinical practice though research, discussion, and application of the newest evidence based medicine and therapeutic techniques. This daily process improvement is organically driven by our highly intelligent and very inquisitive patients. Our patient population is comprised of engineers, rocket scientists, and aerospace professionals who regularly ask probing questions that contribute to the critical thinking and decision algorithms that occurs during the course of a patient appointment.

RehabWorks

Who

All students who are currently enrolled in their second year or higher in a CAATE accredited athletic training program.
All students must be US citizens due to the extensive requirements for security clearances.

What

A full immersion into occupational athletic training. Students actively participate in all daily clinic activities including: evaluation, treatment development, patient progression and practice advancement. Unique opportunities to reach the workforce include educational outreach events for employees of the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, injury prevention presentations at health and safety meetings, coordinating RehabWorks services with the KSC Occupational Health and the Ergonomics Working Group, and many additional exciting activities that naturally arise due to the unique nature of the work here at KSC.

Where

RehabWorks is located about an hour east of Orlando, on Florida’s Space Coast at the Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach… Yes, we live where you vacation!

When

Start and end dates are determined by the scheduling and availability of your Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP). Full semester experiences typically begin in January, May, or August, but we adapt to meet the immersive period programing needs for each ATEP.

Why

The RehabWorks Clinical Experience is modeled to provide students with a safe environment to practice as a medical professional. Productive practice development is achieved through real-time patient interaction, evidenced-based practice techniques and didactic instruction. The NASA culture cultivates curiosity to allow for a greater understanding of how things work, and the RehabWorks clinic atmosphere stays true to that NASA culture.

Compensation

Unfortunately, no financial compensation for this clinical experience is available.

Housing and Transportation

No prearranged housing or transportation currently exists, but due to the high volume of science, technology, engineering and mathematics students at KSC, a housing forum has been established to help find local opportunities. Students must register for a free account to receive the password and access available housing: http://kscinternhousing.freeforums.net/.

The RehabWorks staff will help interested Clinical Experience students locate a good, safe and local living situation. We want our students to have a wonderful overall experience, including their experiences outside of the clinic on Florida’s Space Coast.

There is no public transportation to and from KSC so each student must provide his or her own transportation. All members in the car must have a badge to get on the base, so please make sure you are able to have transportation available to the on base clinic.

The following is a list of local cities with estimated travel times to KSC. Each student is encouraged to research their area of interest and determine what location works best for them:

Cape Canaveral 15-20 minutes
Cocoa Beach 15-20 minutes
Merritt Island 15-20 minutes
Titusville 15-25 minutes
Port St. John 20-25 minutes
Cocoa 20-25 minutes
Rockledge 25-30 minutes
Viera 30-35 minutes
Melbourne 30-35 minutes

Availability

Clinical Experiences are available for each month of the year and can be tailored to meet the requirements of your ATEP schedule.

Applications must be submitted a minimum of 2 months prior to the proposed start of your clinical experience due to processing.

Application deadlines for common semester format:

Winter/Spring October 1st
Summer March 1st
Fall June 1st

The following items are needed to apply:

  • Complete the RehabWorks application
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • School Transcript

Please send your completed application and above items to:

RehabWorks Clinical Experience Program
c/o Nicole Yacobino
KSC RehabWorks
Mail Code NEM-008
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

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If encryption is available, applications can be e-mailed to:

KSC-DL-RehabWorks-Team

**KSC RehabWorks CANNOT accept any application materials without encryption due to NASA’s policies in handling Personal Identifiable Information**



The KSC RehabWorks Clinical Experience is part of the KSC Volunteer Services Program. Any student taking part in the KSC RehabWorks is not a Federal employee.

Kennedy Space Center Volunteer Services Program

Definitions:
  1. Student volunteer service is service performed under 5 U.S.G.3111, with the permission of the institution at which the student is enrolled, as part of an agency program established for providing educational experience for the student.
  2. "Under 5 U.S.G.3111, a student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purposes other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act. Service is not creditable for leave or any employee benefits."

For more info please contact us at 321-867-7497 or e-mail: KSC-DL-RehabWorks-Team

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