Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy Program of Mercer University and the Shepherd Center are proud to offer a post-professional residency in neurologic physical therapy. This 13 month collaborative post-professional program is based upon the criteria set forth for credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Physical Therapy Description of Specialty Practice. To learn about the principles that guide Mercer’s neurologic physical therapy residency program, please review our mission, program goals, and objectives. See the information below for details about the application process
Application Process for Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed on the RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) application. The application deadline for the Mercer University-Shepherd Center Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is February 1st.
This, in part, includes the following:
- Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
- Correct RF-PTCAS application fee
- Official transcripts from every U.S. physical therapy college or university attended sent directly to RF-PTCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Mercer University. RF-PTCAS does not accept student-issued transcripts or faxed copies.
- Three electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR's) sent directly to RF-PTCAS on standard form provided in the application. Two references at a minimum must be professional references. One reference may be a personal reference.
- Address the three essay questions that are part of the RF-PTCAS application. Mercer University does not require additional essays beyond those specified in the RF-PTCAS application.
- A resume or curriculum vitae is required and should be uploaded to RF-PTCAS. Do not send your resume or CV directly to Mercer University.
- Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize eligibility for admission consideration.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Director of Post-Professional Education, Administrators, Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Faculty and Shepherd Center clinicians.
Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Academic education.
- Written communication skills.
- Clinical education and mentoring experiences.
- Clinical experience in neurologic physical therapy.
- Community service.
- Research experience.
Minimal eligibility requirements for acceptance into the program include:
- Graduate of a CAPTE accredited PT program.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in Graduate or Undergraduate education.
- Compliance with Mercer University and facility employment requirements.
Desirable applicants include those who:
- Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
- Possess strong fundamentals in the principles of patient centered care, life-long learning, social responsibility and professionalism.
- Possess fundamentals in clinical reasoning, manual examination and treatment procedures.
The application deadline is February 1st. Early application is encouraged and recommended. The application materials must be submitted to RF-PTCAS prior to February 1st to be considered. Applications received after this date will not be considered.