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Prospective Students

Observations

For those students, interested in the field of rehabilitation science and the practice of physical therapy and would like to shadow and observe a physical therapist for a day or more, or to obtain the required observation hours necessary to apply to a PT or PTA program.

Dang Ngo PT, DPT, RRT, CCI

Director, PT Hawaii
808-680-9889

Clinical Rotations

For students ALREADY enrolled in an accredited PT or PTA program looking to establish an affiliation contract between their University and PT Hawaii for their required clinical rotations.

Affiliation Agreement Contract

Agreement for Student Clinical Experience Program at PT Hawaii, Waipahu

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PT Hawaii Affiliations

List of all current University's and Colleges that has affiliations with PT Hawaii

DPT Programs
  • CSU Sacramento
  • Virginia Common Wealth University
  • Chatham University
  • Loma Linda University
PTA Programs
  • Kapi'olani Community College
  • Carrington College

Student Affiliations Testimonials

Gina Pugaczewski

Clinical Student

I was lucky enough to complete my second clinical at PT Hawaii! I learned so much in the short 10 weeks I interned there. Dang was an amazing teacher. He took extra time out of the day to teach me skills, go over manual techniques, and answer any questions I had. The staff was also very welcoming and helped me acclimate quickly. At PT Hawaii, you will not only gain valuable outpatient orthopedic experience, you will be exposed to aquatic therapy as well. In PT school, aquatic therapy is gone over in one lecture and lab with a large focus on its benefits for patients with neurological diagnoses, not so much for those with orthopedic impairments/injuries or for those living with chronic pain. I’m so grateful for having exposure to aquatics at PT Hawaii! Here, you will treat many patients living with chronic pain who have concomitant orthopedic injuries. You will get the opportunity to determine an individualized plan of care, whether it be land based, aquatic based, or both. I watched my patients become stronger, manage their pain better, and have a better quality of life with the guidance of Dang. Any student would be lucky to complete a clinical at PT Hawaii!

Carl Ko

Clinical Student

Thank you PT Hawaii for taking me as a student! I have learned and grew so much as a student during my time here. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. They welcome everyone with open arms and help patients reach their goals!

Celisse Valdez

DPT Student

I am very grateful to be able to complete my last, 11 week, affiliation here at PT Hawaii. I chose PT Hawaii because I wanted to learn from the best. Being that Dr. Dang has an Orthopedic Residency background made a huge difference. Dr. Dang has an extensive diagnostic knowledge base, and exceptional manual therapy skills. During my time there, he was able to diagnose cases that physicians had missed. Being a doctorate student, differential diagnosis is very important to be able to treat patients properly and effectively. Also, Dr. Dang is PT Hawaii’s Clinical Director. Therefore, I was able to see the business aspect of PT, which I never had learned about before. This helped me understand what it would take to become a clinical director to improve my professional development. If you are a DPT student, and want to challenge and/or expand you knowledge base spend a few days/weeks at PT Hawaii. You’ll learn about physical therapy at an orthopedic residency level.

Caitlin Coleman

DPT Student

I was lucky enough to complete a 12 week clinical rotation at PT Hawaii in the Fall of 2018 during my third year of physical therapy school. The facilities at PT Hawaii are conducive for all types of orthopedic rehab, including aqua therapy, general strength and conditioning, post-operative rehab, and return to sport training for higher level athletic populations, which allowed me to have a broad range of clinical treatment experiences during my 12 week affiliation. My clinical instructor, Dang, having just completed his orthopedic residency, taught me things that were more advanced than general PT school knowledge and pushed me to broaden my knowledge base by studying current clinical research concepts. Additionally, I was given ample time to practice manual therapy techniques and joint mobilizations/manipulations, allowing me to become more confident in my own skills as a result of his coaching.