Why Rehab at UAB

With a career at UAB, you’ll see a broad spectrum of cases that will test your skills and challenge your creativity.  You will practice the latest evidence- and research- based therapies and use the latest equipment.  You will be respected as a member of the care team and have support from your peers.  You can find a job anywhere.  But if you’re looking for a place where you can truly change people’s lives- you’ll find that at UAB.

Why choose to work at UAB?  We’re a nationally ranked hospital and 1,000+ bed academic medical center with an adult Level 1 Trauma Center.  We take a team approach to rehabilitation that involves multiple therapy specialties.  We’re dedicated to giving you a career opportunity that provides continuing education, career advancement, and multiple rehabilitation research opportunities.

Employees undergo a comprehensive orientation and training program in order to prepare them for UAB’s environment and high acuity patient population. Our therapists are also strongly supported by their colleagues, support staff, management and continuing education opportunities.


Therapists at UAB enjoy close team work with fellow therapists and other health professionals. Therapists from a variety of disciplines work together during ADL (activities of daily living) time and during the initial patient evaluation. In addition to high skilled, specifically trained colleagues in the rehab profession, you'll have access to 600 plus specialists in over 30 fields of medicine.

Depending on the diagnosis of each patient, therapists are a part of a multidisciplinary patient care team including physicians, psychologists and nurses among others. Also, therapists have access to a variety of professionals in other departments including respiratory therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, orthotists, prosthetists and social workers.

Student Programs

Because UAB is one of the best places to come for clinical training, there are opportunities for experienced therapists to work with students. In fact, therapy students come from 25 schools all over the nation to gain training and clinical experience at UAB.

Learning Environment

UAB provides an atmosphere in which excellence is rewarded and encouraged, and continuing education is readily available. Many staff members at UAB are adjunct faculty in the surrounding area, providing an exceptional learning environment with an active clinical education program.


Research opportunities exist throughout the continuum of therapy care within the specific therapies and in conjunction with other disciplines. There are also opportunities for joint research in conjunction with the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Spain Rehab Center houses the Samuel Stover Assistive Technology Lab for trial of varying degrees of adaptive and assistive technology for patients with physical and cognitive disabilities.

UAB offers a wide variety of advancement opportunities through the Clinical Specialist program, which is available in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Clinical Specialist program focuses on various areas of physical dysfunction, orthopedics, neurology, swallowing and seating assessment and evaluation. To qualify as a clinical specialist, a therapist needs a minimum of five years of experience in his or her defined area of expertise.

Clinical Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Developing programs
  • Maintaining referral and usage stats
  • Helping less experienced therapists achieve a higher level in their specialty
  • Teaching
  • Treating patients
  • Promoting the highest quality of care


UAB Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. UAB Medicine is active participant in E-Verify for the I-9 process.