The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab reputation and expertise in treating the most complex conditions including spinal cord injury, stroke and brain injury, to the more common, such as arthritis, chronic pain and sports injuries, have drawn patients from around the world. For our allied health professionals, we offer immeasurable opportunities to learn and grow professionally within the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab system of care. When you join the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab family, you can benefit from meaningful career opportunities that will maximize your talents, vision and dedication to providing unparalleled patient care.

Our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Every year since 1991, U.S. News & World Report and the hundreds of board-certified doctors they survey ranked Shirley Ryan AbilityLab the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America.” Being singled out for such recognition is gratifying. But the ultimate reward for being the best is seeing our patients be their best. That’s what really matters.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Experience
At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, your experience and your career can grow as far and as fast as you want. From your first day, we will work with you to provide orientation, guide you through protocols, offer insight and perspective and celebrate your successes. This spirit of partnership continues as your responsibilities expand, ensuring you’ll have the support you need to create the career you want.

Continuing Education
Opportunities for continuing education are available within Shirley Ryan AbilityLab itself. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Academy attracts thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world, who come to study the most advanced rehabilitation techniques and protocols from AbilityLab clinicians and staff. As an AbilityLab healthcare professional, the best in rehabilitation education is provided to you and is an integral part of the benefits of your employment. Therapists at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are encouraged to participate in educational opportunities within our system, through outside professional offerings and through discipline specific professional organizations.

Rehabilitation Research
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is one of the leaders in rehabilitation research worldwide. As a Shirley Ryan AbilityLab healthcare professional, you will be able to pursue opportunities to advance the practice of your specialty as principal or co-investigators on research projects, supported by grants from foundations and other sources.

Fellowship Programs
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Fellowships provide financial support to participate in innovative learning opportunities worldwide, in faraway locales such as Hawaii, China, France, Italy and other countries.

Tuition Reimbursement
If you want to pursue a degreed program, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab offers a generous tuition reimbursement program so you can expand your horizons and opportunities while gaining clinical experience.

Clinical Ladders—a path to development and reward

The Clinical Ladders Program is a learning and development program for both nurses and allied health professionals that:

  • Encourages professional development
  • Provides a reward program for excellence
  • Promotes job satisfaction
  • Offers opportunities for leadership, education, research and clinical growth
  • Supports optimal care for patients
  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction


To progress up the Clinical Ladder structure, healthcare professionals who are accepted meet defined clinical criteria, demonstrate competency and best practice skills, participate in ongoing continuing education and achieve professional expertise based on years of clinical practice in their respective fields.

In addition to offering greater professional recognition and satisfaction, the achievement of higher Clinical Ladders levels also helps determine pay grade increases.

Practice Councils—a voice in your professional discipline

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Practice Council structure is designed to give you and your colleagues a voice in the operation of your professional discipline. There are five discipline-specific councils, including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology and Speech Language Pathology.

Each Council is composed of key clinical, education, administrative and research leaders throughout the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab system of care who have been recognized for their excellence in practice and research and their adherence to professional standards and regulations.


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