Tennessee State University's Pro-Bono Tiger Community Rehabilitation Clinic

 As of August 26th, 2019 TSU has opened Middle Tennessee’s first student-run pro-bono community rehabilitation clinic (TSU’s Tiger Community Rehabilitation Clinic). The clinic operates every Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The clinic's mission is to provide both OT and PT services to underserved, uninsured, and underinsured communities within the TSU Community and its surrounding areas.

The goal is to complement existing therapy services/clinics in Nashville by identifying and treating patients who are uninsured or have exhausted their yearly insurance benefits.

The clinic provides traditional therapy services at no cost, performed by current physical and occupational therapy students under the supervision of skilled and licensed therapists. This serves the dual function of providing excellent care to underserved populations, as well as affording valuable clinical experience to TSU OT/PT students prior to matriculation from their respective programs. 

The clinic is in great need of experienced therapists that have a strong commitment to providing excellent service to the community and a desire to mentor future therapists. Supervising Therapists will operate in direct supervision of students during treatments, with final say in all diagnoses and referral decisions.

Benefits of serving as a Supervising Therapist include:

  • Attending an AOTA Fieldwork Educators credentialing course
  • Complimentary attendance to any TSU OT/PT-sponsored continuing education courses
  • Mentorship opportunities with TSU OT/PT faculty and students
  • Continuing education credit for Clinical Instructor responsibilities
  • One contact hour CEU for every 16 hours served (maximum of 10 contact hours in one calendar year. Clinic contact hours are separate from CEU’s earned from TSU-sponsored opportunities
  • Involvement in volunteering at Middle Tennessee’s first pro-bono physical rehabilitation clinic looks great on a resume!


If you are interested in joining this fledgling community clinic and making a meaningful difference in the local community, please contact Cassie Oliver ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience. A member of the Student Board will reach out to you with more information. 

Additionally, the lead faculty advisor (Dr. Richard Clark, PT, DSc, SCS) can be contacted via email at: [email protected] or via his office telephone #: 615-963-5944