Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
The clinical residency program enables the physical therapist to accelerate their expertise in evaluation, examination, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and management of patients with orthopaedic dysfunction. Developed for new professionals and physical therapists with one or more years of practice, who are interested in significantly advancing their preparation as a provider of orthopaedic patient care, this program combines contemporary, evidence-based coursework with highly individualized, advanced clinical mentoring under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Frequently asked questions.
The residency begins in August of each year and runs for 13 consecutive months. A maximum of 12 residents are accepted to participate in the program each year. The residency in orthopedic physical therapy provides advanced clinical education training in the areas of management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the following regions: spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar/sacroiliac) craniomandibular and extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot). Required coursework includes: curriculum.
The resident will also engage in 90 hours of Self-directed learning, 30 hours of Teaching and 30 hours of Service-learning. Residents will also be required to engage in a research project, case study or case series or other scholarly pursuits to add to the body of physical therapy knowledge. The expected outcome of the program is an advanced-practice clinician with knowledge and clinical reasoning skills advantageous for improved care with optimum outcomes for individuals with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and movement impairments resulting in activity or participation restrictions. The curriculum of this residency is also designed to prepare physical therapists for the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Specialty Certification Examination.
There are two ways you can obtain a residency position in the program:
- 1. If accepted become an employee of Mercer University’s Department of Physical Therapy. We have developed relationships with clinics in metro Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. These clinics are our clinical partners where you will provide your clinical services.
All residents who are Mercer employees have appointments as Visiting Clinical Instructors. The resident provides patient care and receives mentoring in the clinical partner’s facility that is matched with the resident. Residents that become Mercer Employees are paid a competitive salary and have a 45-hour clinic schedule which includes 3 hours of 1:1 clinical mentoring. However, the fee for the program is waived. Benefits include Health Insurance, Life insurance, ten paid days off and five conference/service-learning days.
- 2. As an employee of a clinical facility in a non-physician owned practice. This employment status can be obtained independently or through the Residency Program. See the admissions page for Clinical Facility and Clinical Mentor requirements.
Residents employed or seeking employment by a clinical site are responsible for negotiating a competitive salary and benefits. The minimum benefit must include health insurance. The cost of the entire program is $8,500.00, which includes Current Concepts in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, 3rd Edition from the Orthopaedic Section, APTA. Other books and materials are not included in this fee. Fees can be paid in 4 installments (August 15; December 15; April 15 and July 15).
To apply to the residency program go to the orthopaedic residency admissions page.