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This residency program is a post-professional curriculum designed to elevate the clinical skills and knowledge from a general practitioner to that of a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. Upon completion of the residency program the resident will be prepared to take the Orthopedic Board Certification exam with the American Physical Therapy Association and practice patient-centered evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy at the competence level of an orthopedic clinical specialist.

Program Mission

The mission of the A.T. Still University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to graduate advanced practitioners of orthopedic physical therapy. These graduates will be ready to demonstrate excellence in the clinical practice of orthopedics, participate in continuing education courses and train other practitioners who will provide services to their local and professional community. Residents completing the orthopedic residency will be prepared to take the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Exam (OCS) given by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Graduates of the program will represent A.T. Still University's values, including devotion to lifelong learning and excellence in education with clinical practice.

Clinical Requirements:

  • Resident must be employed in an approved physical therapy clinical setting in Arizona with a wide variety of patients with orthopedic musculoskeletal conditions;
  • Resident must have an APTA orthopedic certified specialist provide 2.5 hours of one-on-one mentoring in patient care per week. Mentoring for each resident is an organized collaboration between the “site mentor” and core University faculty.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum includes online coursework, case studies, weekend continuing education courses and more.  A panel of expert clinicians is available to consult with about patient care during the residency program.  The resident will also shadow these expert clinicians as part of the clinical education experience.

Weekend Courses

All weekend courses are open to physical therapists and provide CEU hours.  Learn more about out continuing education courses.