Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
The 12-month post-professional Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program at A.T. Still University (ATSU) is designed to elevate the clinical skills and knowledge from a general practitioner to that of a clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy. Operating as a collaborative model, the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program is built from a strong clinical reasoning base. Residents will gain advanced critical thinking skills and become expert clinicians who practice evidence-based whole-person healthcare.
Residents in the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program receives nearly 75 hours of didactic instruction and at least 150 hours of clinical mentoring. Supervised clinical mentorship and teaching are key components of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. Each week includes mentored clinical practice with an expert neurologic physical therapist. The didactic curriculum includes online coursework, case studies, and weekend continuing education courses. Residents participate in biweekly personal video conversations with ATSU faculty, discussing curriculum topics and applying the curriculum to patient cases. Residents will also gain experience in teaching an online evidence-based practice course to students in ATSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Program residents will learn from highly trained faculty with expertise in neurological sciences, neurological specialty practice, evidence-based practice, and educational theory. The program’s accomplished faculty serve as educators and as clinical specialists. Residents will enhance their learning with resources including the learning resource center, virtual library with online journals and books, and facilities designed to promote learning. ATSU’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program includes collaboration with various clinical sites for clinical mentoring of the resident.
Following completion of the program, residents will be prepared to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Neurologic Clinical Specialist certification exam in Neurology and practice patient-centered evidence-based neurologic physical therapy at the competence level of a neurologic clinical specialist (NCS).
As part of the curriculum, residents and their mentors will attend three to four weekend continuing education courses, sponsored by the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency on the Mesa, Ariz. campus. Continuing education courses are also open to physical therapists and provide the opportunity to earn continuing education units. Review the continuing education schedule.
With ATSU’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program graduates will become leaders who provide the highest standard of care for persons with various neurologic conditions as well as become educators of healthcare providers and the public.
Read the University Catalog to learn more about the post-professional Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program and university.
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ATSU’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists.
Residents may be able to complete the clinical component of the residency at their current site of employment with an approved clinical mentor, or they may choose to relocate to an approved clinical site.
Applicants wishing to stay at their site of employment must obtain approval of the residency program director for both the clinical site and mentor. Clinical sites are required to provide the resident and mentor time for mentoring sessions, and provide the caseload conducive to the neurologic residency. To begin the approval process, the applicant should attain the support of their employer to complete the residency at that site. Applicants should indicate on the ATSU secondary application whether they have a potential clinical site and mentor, or need assistance in finding a clinical site and mentor.
Approved Annual Residency Opportunities
- HealthSouth East Valley, Mesa 5652 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206 480.567.0350
- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs, 325 S Parkside Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 719.630.8000
Current Clinical Sites for residents in the class of 2015-2016:
- HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs, 325 S Parkside Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 719.630.8000
Become a clinical site
By collaborating with ATSU, clinical sites benefit from recruitment and retention of highly qualified physical therapists in the area of neurologic physical therapy. Collaborating sites gain recognition by becoming an organization that engages in a residency program to promote excellent clinical practice. Clinical sites employ the resident, provide the resident and time for mentoring sessions, and provide the caseload conducive to the neurologic residency.
Interested in becoming a clinical site? Contact Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, Neurologic Physical Therapy program director at email@example.com or call 480.219.6069 for more information.
Become a Mentor+
As a mentor in the A.T. Still University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program, you will benefit from:
- The opportunity to provide one-to-one mentoring and clinical knowledge to the next generation of physical therapists.
- Free weekend continuing education courses sponsored by the Neurologic Residency Program.
- Access to Neurologic Residency Blackboard courses.
- Access to bi-weekly video conferences emphasizing the latest evidence based research concepts.
- Access to the ATSU extensive medical library resources including prestigious online peer reviewed journals, search engines in national databases and Rehabilitation Reference Guide.
- Elevating your clinic through incorporating evidence-based practice and outcome measures.
- Contributing to elevation of the profession and the future of physical therapy.
- A licensed physical therapist who:
- is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist; or
- is a neurologic residency trained physical therapist; or
- ohas a minimum of 3 years clinical experience in neurologic physical
- therapy practice.
- Able to provide one-on-one mentoring of the resident on-site for a minimum of 3 hours per week.
Contact Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, Neurologic Physical Therapy program director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.219.6069 for more information.
Continuing Education +
The Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program offers physical therapists the opportunity to learn and earn continuing education units (CEUs) through weekend courses. Professionals will gain knowledge from faculty experts who provide attendees with relevant knowledge to maintain currency in the field of physical therapy. Continuing education courses are offered on weekends, allowing working professionals to connect with peers while completing required CEUs.
CEU discounts are available to clinical instructors, alumni of ATSU, and to organizations with 3 or more participants.
Date Course Instructors Aug. 20-21, 2016 *Outcome Measures for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury - Let’s Practice! Learn how to register Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD, Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD, Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD, Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PhD Nov. 18-20, 2016 *Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Course - Learn more about this course and how to register Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD Jan. 28-29, 2017 PWR!® Therapist - Course and registration information Becky Farley, PT, PhD, MS March 4, 2017 Comprehensive Care in the Multiple Sclerosis Population Maria Rundell, PT, DPT, Ashley Miranda, PT, MPT, Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD
Contact Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, PhD, Neurologic Physical Therapy program director at email@example.com or call 480.219.6069.
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Faculty
Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.
- Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Vice Dean +
Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.
Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
- Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Department Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Farris earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, 1987 and master’s degree in exercise science, 1989 were received from California State University, Fresno; bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, 1999 at Arkansas State University. His doctoral degree was conferred by The Ohio State University, 1995 where his studies focused on exercise physiology and nutrition. He completed the APTA’s Education Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2015 and is an ELI Fellow. Dr. Farris joined the ATSU faculty in 2009 and is now in his 21st year of physical therapy teaching. His current scholarship efforts are aimed at childhood obesity and prevention of the related cardiovascular disease risk factors, submaximal aerobic fitness testing in children, education and admission issues, and the screening/management of DVTs/VTEs. He also has interests in nutrition for optimal health and performance and he has written a chapter on “meal timing” in a sport nutrition book. His home is in the West where outdoor activity and sunshine is abundant. He currently teaches special topics within courses in the DPT program (physiology, pharmacology, research) and teaches the biophysical agents course.
- Jim Farris, PT, PhD
Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg , PT, PhD
Dr. Glittenberg has been a full-time faculty member of the ATSU physical therapy department since 1996. She is an associate professor for the residential program as well as the director of the ATSU neurologic physical therapy residency program. She received a bachelor of science degree in literature, science, and the arts and a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received a master of science, with an emphasis in neurological physical therapy from Northwestern University, Chicago. Dr. Glittenberg received her PhD in health sciences, with a concentration in international health education and research, from Trident University International. She is a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) of the American Physical Therapy Association and has extensive clinical and teaching experience in neurorehabilitation. She has received her certified exercise expert for aging adults (CEEAA) credential through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Her primary teaching areas in the residential program are neurorehabilitation and geriatric physical therapy. Her research interests are in the areas of attitudes toward individuals with disability, outcome measures and interventions for individuals with neurological conditions, falls prevention, and healthy aging.
- Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg , PT, PhD
Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD
Associate Professor & Director of Research for Physical Therapy
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Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD, is an associate professor and director of Research for Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Lynskey’s education background includes a master of physical therapy from Duquesne University, and a PhD in neuroscience from Georgetown University. Dr. Lynskey has over 19 years of clinical experience and 16 years of experience in both basic and clinical science research. To date, his work has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Lynskey joined ATSU’s physical therapy faculty in 2005.
Tara McIsaac, PT, PhD
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Dr. McIsaac is an associate professor of physical therapy at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has over 25 years of clinical experience with expertise in adult neurorehabilitation in a variety of settings, including home health, acute and subacute facilities, day treatment programs for community re-entry and return to work after brain injury, vestibular and balance clinic, and outpatient adult neurological rehab clinics. Dr. McIsaac received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse (1992) and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Arizona (2006). She completed postdoctoral fellowships in motor learning & control at Teachers College, Columbia University and in kinesiology at Arizona State University, and was assistant professor of movement sciences and director of the neurophysiology & motor learning laboratory at Teachers College. Her academic and research interests focus on the interaction of attention and movement control in rehabilitation, using dual- and multi-tasking paradigms in adults with neurological injury, and disease. She joined the physical therapy faculty in 2013.
Lori Bordenave, PT, DPT, PhD
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Dr. Bordenave is the director of progression and retention and an associate professor. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University (1985), a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University (2000), and her DPT from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences (2007). In 2016, she completed her PhD at Nova Southeastern University in physical therapy. Dr. Bordenave joined the physical therapy faculty in 1996. Her research interests include qualitative research exploring teaching and learning and professional development. Additionally, she is engaged in research exploring women’s health issues and evidence-based practice. Her teaching responsibilities include the areas of critical inquiry, neurorehabilitation, and education. She has been a credentialed trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association’s clinical instructor certification program since 1997.
Jamie Kuettel, PT, DPT
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Jamie Kuettel, PT, DPT, is an assistant professor at A.T. Still University in the physical therapy program where she teaches in both the neurologic and geriatric curriculums. Dr. Kuettel has over six years of clinical experience with focus on neurorehabilitation in adults as well as mentorship of physical therapy graduate students, neurologic residency program participants and coordination of neurologic residency programs. Dr. Kuettel received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona (2006), her doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences (2010) and completed a neurologic residency program at Scottsdale Healthcare/NAU (2012). She is board certified in both neurology and geriatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and also specializes in vestibular rehab.
Her research interests are within neurologic assessment using standardized outcome measures, as well as rehabilitation techniques in adults with neurologic disease and injury. She joined ATSU’s physical therapy faculty in 2016.
Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PhD
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Dr. Wilkinson is the director of clinical education (DCE) and an associate professor in the physical therapy program. She is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and has over 17 years of experience in a variety of pediatric settings. Her primary focus as DCE is development of clinical sites, clinical instructors, and center coordinators of clinical education. Dr. Wilkinson received her professional education from A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences in 1999, completed her transitional doctor of physical therapy degree in 2004, and a PhD in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern in 2015. She joined the ATSU faculty in 2007. Her research interests are within clinical education, pediatric assessment and treatment, evidence-based practice, and community-based student learning experiences. She currently serves the profession as a Director-at-Large on the National Consortium of Clinical Educators. Dr. Wilkinson’s teaching areas are evidence-based practice, basic patient care skills, psychosocial aspects of disability, pediatrics, and clinical education.
- Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD
Connie Weglarz, PT, DPT
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Connie Weglarz, PT, DPT, NCS, is an adjunct faculty at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University in 2005 and her ABPTS Board-Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist in 2011. Dr. Weglarz has a special interest in treating patients with vestibular pathology and has received a vestibular certification and cervicogenic dizziness certification. When not treating patients Dr. Weglarz works hard to educate the community and colleagues about neurological disorders, fall risk and dizziness through lectures and national presentations.
- Connie Weglarz, PT, DPT
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Admissions
Minimal eligibility requirements for acceptance into the program include:
- Unrestricted license in physical therapy in the state in which the resident will practice physical therapy during the residency.
- Employment in an approved clinical site with an approved clinical mentor.
- Submission of application to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) residency centralized application system (RF-PTCAS).
- Submission of secondary application to the Residency Program.
- Resident must be employed in an approved physical therapy clinical setting with a wide variety of patients with neurologic conditions.
- Resident must have an approved clinical mentor provide a minimum of 3 hours of one-on-one mentoring of patient care per week.
- Submit primary application through RF-PTCAS at www.abptrfe.org.
- The deadline to apply through RF-PTCAS is August 1 of the year of anticipated enrollment.
- Items required of applicants in the RF-PTCAS primary application:
- Complete RF-PTCAS application and fee
- Official transcripts from every physical therapy U.S. college and university attended
- Three received electronic evaluations
- Program specific supplemental requirement:
- Supplemental fee of $70
- Additional information detailing clinical site and mentor
- Interview with residency program director
- **No additional evaluations required aside from the 3 required by RF-PTCAS
- Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
- Option 1 - English is your first language.
- Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
- Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).
- Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are: Internet based total score = 80; Acceptable IELTS score are an overall band score of 6.5
- Qualities desired for residency applicants:
- Strong desire to advance clinical skills and knowledge
- Strong communication in clinical reasoning skills
- Evidence of self-initiative and self-responsibility
- Commitment to patient-centered practice
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Tuition: $8,000 for the twelve-month (2017-18) residency program.
Tuition can be paid in 4 installment payments with the first payment including a one-time fee of $175. Note: tuition does not include the cost of books or other supplies.
Tuition is subject to change.
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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Curriculum
The didactic curriculum includes six online courses delivered over two semesters and the final course includes the resident’s capstone project. In addition, three to four continuing education courses are conducted and augment the online coursework. The didactic component of the residency curriculum is centered on the ABPTS Description of Specialty Practice in Neurology and the best evidence available in the practice of neurologic physical therapy.
Theoretical Framework for Management of Individuals with Neurological Conditions+
Elements that contribute to a conceptual framework for assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological conditions are presented. The conceptual framework for clinical practice that will be utilized throughout the curriculum derives strongly from the integration of a task-oriented approach to examination and intervention with the model of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. The course includes a review of motor control and motor learning theories including the relevant neuroanatomy and physiology. The process of evidence-based practice is emphasized, including an overview of research design and statistics.
Neurologic Impairments and Evidence-Based Outcome Measures+
This course provides an in-depth review of impairments and activity limitations resulting from neurologic pathology including methods of classifying impairments, discussion of impairments of cognitive, sensory and perceptual, and action systems, including the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Current evidence of problems underlying abnormal postural control and types of postural control problems associated with different neurologic conditions is presented. Evidence-based tests and measures used for examination of neurologic impairments and activity limitations are presented and practiced. This course also includes a task-oriented approach to examination of a mobility disorder with an application of gait examination to a current patient.
Clinical Management of Neurological Conditions I+
Clinical management of individuals with neurologic conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Current evidence-based approaches to examination and intervention for management of impairments and activity limitations associated with these conditions are presented. Epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic testing, and pertinent medical and surgical management, including pharmacologic management, of these diagnoses are included. A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new knowledge to direct patient care in the clinic.
Clinical Management of Neurological Conditions II+
Clinical management of individuals with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and central nervous system neoplasms. Current evidence-based approaches to examination and intervention for management of impairments and activity limitations associated with these conditions are presented. Epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic testing, and pertinent medical and surgical management, including pharmacologic management, of these diagnoses are included. A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new knowledge to direct patient care in the clinic. Psychological factors and psychological disorders related to illness and recovery from neurological conditions are included.
Clinical Management of Neurological Conditions III+
Clinical management of individuals with neurological conditions including lower motor neuron pathology, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, central nervous system infections, and vestibular disorders. Current evidence-based approaches to examination and intervention for management of impairments and activity limitations associated with these conditions are presented. Epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic testing, and pertinent medical and surgical management, including pharmacologic management, of these diagnoses are included. A strong emphasis will be placed on applying new theoretic knowledge to direct patient care in the clinic. This course includes discussion of motor development and developmental abnormalities of the nervous system.
Neurology Residency Capstone Project+
The resident applies the principles of evidence-based practice to a real patient case. The resident is expected to submit a written case study, including an abstract submission for presentation at a combined sections meeting, detailing this application at the completion of the course.
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