Thank you for your interest in the postprofessional programs for physical therapists in the Mercer University College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy. We offer a variety of accredited residency and fellowship opportunities for the licensed physical therapist. Current postprofessional programs include:
- Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy,
- Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy,
- Residency in Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Physical Therapy, and
- Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.
The mission of the postprofessional programs in the College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy is to develop physical therapists who demonstrate advanced competencies and clinical skills in a specialty area of clinical practice, who demonstrate the ability to develop as master clinicians in their specialty area, and who serve as consultants, educators, clinical instructors, and advocates for both patients and the profession.
Goal 1: The postprofessional program will provide the necessary content and clinical expertise to develop advanced clinical practitioners.
- The faculty will assess on an annual basis the didactic coursework, clinical experiences, and clinical mentoring across practice sites.
- The postprofessional program will establish and maintain collaborative relationships with clinical partners.
- The postprofessional program will provide clinical mentoring.
Goal 2: The program will support scholarly endeavors for the advanced practice clinician.
- The faculty will collaborate with the department's research committee for proposal submission.
- The university library resources will be available to support the research agendas of the resident and faculty.
- The clinical practice site will facilitate the research agenda.
Goal 3: The program will support the professional development of the resident/fellow.
- The faculty will provide didactic and experiential growth opportunities in leadership skills.
- The faculty will strengthen relationships with community partners to support advocacy on individual and societal levels.
- The faculty will mentor the resident/fellow in teaching.