Residency Admissions

We’re very glad you’re considering UT Southwestern’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Here you’ll find unequaled academic and clinical training in a challenging, collegial atmosphere, and we invite you to apply. To be considered, please submit an application through the RF-PTCAS website. Applications are due by December 1 with appointment decisions no later than March 1. Interviews are typically conducted in late January and February. The year-long residency program begins in September of each year.

Selection Criteria

We accept one resident each year and base our selection on information provided by applicants and gathered in personal interviews. New graduates are encouraged to apply. Our residency committee evaluates all applications on the following criteria:

  • Pre-professional academic and post-professional clinical education preparation
  • Clinical experience or student clinical rotations in sports physical therapy and interest or experience in athletic training settings
  • Previous mentoring, education, and research interest and/or experience
  • Community and professional service
  • Involvement in the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interest in academic-based residency training

ADA Compliance

We will take all reasonable measures to guarantee equal access to learning opportunities for clinicians with disabilities. Educational programming will be sensitive to any sensory or physical impairment that requires special arrangements on behalf of the participant. Please indicate on your registration form if we should contact you about any physical or mental impairment that would require special accommodation to ensure a satisfactory learning experience.

Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


To be considered, you must hold:

  • A current and valid physical therapist license from the State of Texas
  • Basic life support/cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification
  • Completion of approved emergency responder or emergency medical response for athlete course within the past two years or already licensed as an athletic trainer prior to the start of the residency

Program Outcomes

ABPTRFE evaluative criteria require that program outcomes are available for public review. Our measures of success are specialization exam pass rate, employment status, and scholarly achievements. To date, since our program’s first graduate in 2015, we’ve had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the SCS exam. One hundred percent of our graduates are full-time employees with one as a private practice director, one as a University Athletic Program Rehab Coordinator, and two who work for professional National Hockey League teams.

In regards to scholarly achievement, two graduates have spoken at state physical therapy association meetings, three have provided platform presentations, and one presented a poster at CSM.