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About The Program

General Information

The Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program occurs over a 12-month employment period beginning the first of September. The structure includes approximately 28 hours of clinical service per week at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital under the supervision of clinical mentors with an additional four hours of clinical service reserved for collaborative patient care with a member of the residency faculty. This structure includes patient care across a variety of service lines as well as outpatient exposure for individuals with advanced disease and/or within the transplant population.

The remaining time each week is devoted to additional learning opportunities throughout the immense UTSW campus system. Activities include medical rounding, surgical observations, multidisciplinary collaboration and exposure, local and national journal club participation, academic teaching in the DPT program, in-service presentations, research participation/development, and structured leadership training with hospital administration involvement. Formal didactic content is delivered both via self-paced online training as well as through instructor led classroom training.


  • Provide an ABPTFRE accredited cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy residency program that fosters excellence in patient centered and evidence based healthcare.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the PT profession in the areas of education, teaching, clinical practice, research, and leadership by training highly qualified residents.
  • Promote the pursuit of ABPTS clinical specialist designation in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (CCS).
  • Provide an effective vehicle for advancing cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical practice within the UT System as well as the community.
  • Provide high quality clinical experiences in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for persons with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary dysfunction across the age span.


  • Recruit qualified applicants with a demonstrated background of interest in professional involvement, academic leadership, clinical excellence, and the production of clinically translational research. (I)
  • Provide residents with structured, advanced training and mentoring in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (II)
  • Provide a curriculum that addresses clinical research, classroom teaching, and advanced cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical practice inclusive of all aspects of the Description of Specialty Practice (II, III, IV)
  • Provide multidisciplinary, high-quality learning opportunities within UT Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals and Clinics with intentional staff engagement and successorship opportunities. (IV, V)

Program Outcomes as of December 2023

  • Annual cohort size: 2
  • Number of Program Graduates: 2 annually, 11 total
  • Percentage of Program Graduates with first time CCS exam pass rate: 100%
  • Percentage of Program Graduates working in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary care after graduation: 100%

Financial Fact Sheet

Residency and Fellowship Financial Fact for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT Residency