About the Residency Program

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a fifteen-month Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. We’ve designed the Resiency Program, which is currently undergoing our initial accreditation review by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency/Fellowship Educatio, in the spirit of APTA’s vision, which calls for post-professional development of expert clinicians who can function as members of an autonomous profession.

Our Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is ideal for licensed physical therapists who are motivated to achieve a higher level of training and expertise. As a resident, you’ll receive a clinical and didactic experience that will significantly advance your skill and knowledge in the delivery of sports physical therapy and prepare you for future fellowship opportunities. Our Residency Program also provides insights and experiences for those interested in an academic career.

During the Residency Program, you’ll learn from clinical experts with advanced credentials and residency experience. You’ll provide patient care under the guidance of accomplished mentors and participate in a comprehensive educational curriculum to address all elements of the description of sports physical therapy practice. At the end of the Residency Program, your clinical skills and problem-solving ability will put you on the leading edge of our profession, and will enable you to be a resource for developing clinical excellence for both students and licensed physical therapists. Residency-based training is becoming a standard in our profession—and you’ll be in the vanguard.

The Residency Program runs over a 15-month employment period. The resident sees patients in the faculty’s satellite sports medicine center and works under the supervision of sports and orthopedic certified specialist mentors. The resident maintains a patient load of 28 hours/week inclusive of four hours reserved for collaborative care with their mentor.

The remaining 12 hours a week are devoted to additional learning opportunities at the discretion of the mentor but minimally include journal club participation, academic teaching in the undergraduate DPT program, in-service presentations, research development, physician rounds and conferences, poster/platform presentation at a state or national meeting, and field/venue coverage. The resident will be expected to develop a case report suitable for publication and/or conduct a research project that culminates in a poster and/or platform presentation at a national or state meeting. It is also expected that the resident will sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty’s sports clinical specialist (SCS) certification exam within one year of the Residency Program’s completion.

Our Residency Program has athletic affiliations with local high school, collegiate, and professional athletic organizations. We also provide medical coverage for several athletic events and races.

Goal of the Residency Program

The goal of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide the resident with a comprehensive learning experience. The Residency Program will provide the resident with tools to improve their examination, assessment, and treatment of patients that are injured in or plan to return to competitive sports. Upon completion of the Program, the resident will be fully prepared to sit for their SCS specialty examination (required expectation) and/or continue their training with a fellowship in a specific area of sports physical therapy practice. The training features four in-depth modules to strengthen your knowledge and skills in sports physical therapy.