Why Learn With Us

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education is the nation’s premier training program for physical therapists ready to take their career to the next level. Joining our learning community means unparalleled mentoring, being immersed in an innovative clinical environment and working alongside the profession’s top faculty.

Our program has served as a model for graduate physical therapy education for over 30 years. With hundreds of alumni across the country, our graduates can be found modeling advanced clinical skills in private practices and teaching programs, mentoring developing clinicians, teaching at top programs and universities, leading research projects, running their own practices and holding leadership positions in industry associations.

We are committed to guiding you along your path to clinical excellence and transforming you into tomorrow’s leaders. We deliver a level of consistency and engagement in your mentorship experience that no one else can match. Residents and fellows-in-training are matched with mentors who deliver personalized one-on-one clinical guidance throughout the program. All of our mentors go through a rigorous mentor-the-mentor training program to ensure consistency in technique, instruction, and communications.

By learning at Kaiser Permanente, program participants have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge as part of a state-of-the-art integrated health system that is a model for patient care worldwide. You’ll learn from faculty who has a long history of influencing the profession. Our staff includes founders of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, authors of the clinical practice guidelines, national experts in mentor training, leaders of national, state and local industry associations, and recipients of countless awards and honors.


The fundamental frame work and skill that I developed during the program has given me the confidence and ability to work with a wide variety of patients.

Joshua Zavertnik, PT

The fellowship program helped to enhance my thinking process around patient care and allowed me to develop skills with regards to leadership and health care delivery.

Matt Stark, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Before I went through the Kaiser program, I was consistently frustrated, insecure in my abilities and quickly burning out. This program gave me the foundation to build my career, the tools to troubleshoot difficult patients and access to a network of like-minded progressive therapists. It has literally shaped my career.

Alyssa Keeney-Roe, DPT

I wouldn’t have stayed in physical therapy if I had not been inspired so much by what I learned in this program.

Caroline Taylor, MS, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

This program encourages learning, collaboration, and a sense of community in a way that is very powerful. Practicing, struggling, failing and succeeding with the same people within the program over a period of months to years allowed me to connect with fellow physical therapists better than any other way I have found.


The fellowship not only helped me to improve my manual therapy skills, it enhanced my clinical reasoning in order to better serve a broader patient population.

Matt Stark, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

This program has been a challenging, rewarding and worthwhile experience, both professionally and personally. My classmates, who are now dear friends, and the network of professionals that I now belong to, will always be there for me throughout my career and my life.


Areas We Serveca-map

Our programs include training sites all over Northern California. Since any of the 33 Kaiser Permanente Rehab Centers are potential training sites for us or our faculty can come to your clinic for mentoring, we can reach you in lots of places. Contact us for more details!

Program Office and Main Training Site:
Union City

Key Training Sites:
Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento



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Conference Scholarships for PT Students

Kaiser Permanente’s physical therapy education programs are dedicated to enriching the learning experience for future practitioners and are pleased to offer Conference Scholarships for PT students. The scholarships, sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and Kaiser Permanente Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, cover early bird student conference registration and provide $500 for travel, lodging and meal expenses.


We plan to offer scholarships for the 2017 AAOMPT Annual Conference and 2018 APTA Combined Sections Meeting.