A Bright Future
Casa Colina is a unique place that provides state-of-the-art technologies,
breakthrough rehabilitation techniques, and an unsurpassed continuum of
care. It is an ideal environment for clinicians to advance patient care,
learning from fellow therapists with advanced training and experience.
Casa Colina understands how important it is to nurture the skills of future
rehabilitation care providers. We believe that we have a duty to create
an educational environment that fosters learning and promotes scholarship.
Our occupational and physical therapy residency programs in physical rehabilitation
(OT), orthopedics (PT) and neurology (PT), provide advanced knowledge
and skill in a focused clinical environment. The course work provides
training in clinical examination, decision-making and treatment skills.
It is designed to accelerate therapists' professional development
while allowing them to achieve clinical excellence in all aspects of patient care.
Upon completion of the physical therapy residency programs, the clinician
will have had the training to apply for the certified specialty examination
offered by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Programs
in orthopedics and neurology are credentialed by the APTA.
Our occupational therapy residency in physican rehabilitation allows clinicians
to apply for board certification with three years of experience (versus
five) through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
How to Apply
Applications for the physical therapy residencies in orthopedics and neurology
should be completed through the RF-PTCAS system. Click here to access
Applications for the Occupational Therapy Residency Program are available below.
For both the physical and occupational therapy programs, at least one letter
of recommendation from a clinical instructor is requested if the applicant
is newly graduated in the last six months. Final candidates will be invited
on campus for an interview that includes a live patient exam, documentation
sample, and panel interview.
Residency programs at Casa Colina offer:
- Mentored 1:1 clinical practice
- Structured learning opportunities
- Didactic coursework
- Participation in physician specialty clinics
- Preparation and training for APTA specialty certifications and AOTA board
- Paid compensation for all hours of clinical practice as well as time being mentored
We are currently accepting applications for the following residency programs:
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
The Orthopedic Residency program is a 50-week APTA-credentialed program
that enrolls one to two residents every March. The application and selection
process inlcudes an observation of the applicant performing an initial
evaluation and treatment on a patient. Applications are due
August 1. Program tuition is $500. This is an APTA accredited program.
Neurologic Physical Therapy
The didactic portion of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Program is the
Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium (www.ptneuroconsortium.org) which begins in late June each year. Residents must be on site at Casa
Colina the last week of July to begin the clinical portion of the program.
You must have a valid California Physical Therapy License to participate
in the Residency Program; PTLA status is accepted if your licensure test
date is in July. The program is 52 weeks, from late July to late July.
Applications are due
April 1 and program tuition is $2100. Casa Colina is an ABPTRFE Credentialed Residency Program.
Occupational Therapy Physical Rehabilitation
The Occupational Therapy Residency Program in physical rehabilitation is
a 52-week program that has candidacy status granted by AOTA.