Physical Therapy in Orthopedics and Neurology Residency Programs

Casa Colina’s Physical Therapy Residency Programs in Orthopedics and Neurology provide advanced knowledge and skill in a focused clinical environment. Credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), coursework is designed to accelerate a therapist’s professional development while allowing them to achieve clinical excellence in all aspects of patient care. Upon completion of the program, the clinician will apply for the certified specialty examination offered by the APTA.

Both residency programs offer:

  • Mentored 1:1 clinical practice
  • Structured learning opportunities
  • Didactic coursework
  • Participation in physician specialty clinics
  • Preparation and training for APTA specialty certifications
  • Paid compensation for all hours of clinical practice as well as time being mentored

Orthopedic Residency Program

The Orthopedic Residency is a 50-week, APTA-credentialed program that enrolls one to two residents every March. The application process includes an observation of the applicant performing an initial evaluation and treatment on a patient.

Applications are due August 1.
Tuition is $500.

Curriculum:

  • 850 hours of clinical practice (17 hours per week)
  • 150 hours of one to one mentoring (3 hours per week)
  • 260 hours of resident directed learning activities
  • 240 hours of (Kaiser Residency program) encompassing:
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Clinical research
  • Upper and lower quadrant physical examination and manual treatment procedures
  • Upper and lower quadrant biomechanical examination and treatment
  • Interviewing and communication skills
  • Scientific basis of Orthopedic PT clinical practice

Program Director:
Andrea Haston, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

For more information, email ahaston@casacolina.org.

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Neurologic Residency Program

The Neurologic Residency is a 50-week, APTA-credentialed program that enrolls one to two residents every July (didactic education begins in June). The application process includes an observation of the applicant performing an initial evaluation and treatment on a patient.

Applications are due April 1.
Tuition is $2,100, which covers the cost of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.

Curriculum:

  • 1800 hours of clinical practice (32 hours per week
  • 150 hours of one to one mentoring (3 hours per week)
  • 16-week rotation in inpatient rehabilitation
  • 16-week rotation in transitional living center
  • 16-week rotation in outpatient Neurology
  • Optional 1-week rotation in acute care and or pediatrics
  • 560 hours of resident-directed learning opportunities including didactic / lab education through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium (www.neuroconsortium.org).

Resident-directed learning opportunities may include activities in research, clinical, education or professional development. Examples include teaching in local DPT programs, observing in physician clinics, participating in research on campus or at local universities, leading community exercise classes and observation in wheelchair clinic. These activities are not limited to what is listed here, and are individualized with each resident.

Didactic education is provided through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium (www.ptneuroconsortium.org). Two 4-day courses are required (August and November) in addition to weekly webinars and journal club participation.

Program Director:
Stephanie Kaplan, PT, DPT, ATP

For more information, email skaplan@casacolina.org or call 909-596-7733 x4126.

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Application Information

Applications are available through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) at www.abptrfe.org.

Orthopedic residency applications are due August 1.

Neurologic residency applications are due April 1.

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Maintain a valid California Physical Therapy License.
  • Maintain a current CPR /AED certification.
  • Completed at least 6 months of clinical practice in an orthopedic or neurologic setting in the last year or one clinical affiliation as a student in Orthopedics or Neurology (if a recent graduate.) If the applicant is newly graduated, a letter of recommendation from a clinical instructor is requested.
  • Comply with all Casa Colina employment requirements.