Clinical Orthopaedic Residency

The university is offering practicing physical therapists the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills through our Clinical Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Program Mission
The mission of the Orthopaedic Residency program of the University of St. Augustine is to graduate physical therapists who have achieved competency of skills in both clinical and didactic learning in orthopaedic physical therapy.

Program Objectives
Through completion of the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency program, the resident will:

  • Apply skills for examination of orthopaedic patient cases as per the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
  • Analyze the outcomes of the patient examination to formulate an evaluation statement.
  • Apply and modify skills for intervention of orthopaedic patient cases.
  • Utilize evidence-based information to identify patient management.
  • Plan and implement Physical Therapy management strategies, which take into consideration aspects of patient psychosocial, medical and functional needs.
  • Plan and implement Physical Therapy management strategies, which relate directly to functional improvement.
  • Demonstrate appropriate decision making for patient care.
  • Communicate effectively with patient and patient related services and administrative personnel.
  • Identify strengths and weakness in their learning environment through reflective thinking and appropriate communications.
  • Apply an ethical standard of clinical practice.
  • Be prepared to apply to take the ABPTS OCS examination
  • Multi Site: Consistency of standards for both didactic and mentorship areas will be maintained across multiple clinical sites. Clinical mentors and residents will utilize all the same forms and methods of reporting to the program director. The director will review the method of both mentor and resident reporting as well as summarize the achievement across sites.

Admission Requirements
The Clinical Orthopaedic Residency program is intended for recent graduates, as well as, clinicians who want to accelerate their current clinical orthopaedic knowledge and skill.

All students who apply to the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency program must complete an application/admissions process. Documents that must be submitted include:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 processing fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher learning
  • Two references from professional colleagues
  • Copy of professional state license
  • Current resume which lists continuing education involvement and professional publications
  • Current photograph
  • Essay

Program Requirements

  • 160 one-on-one mentoring in the clinic over the duration of the residency.
  • Additional direct patient care hours (minimum of 1030 hours) including treatment in the following body regions: Cervical Spine, Thoracic Spine, Lumbar Spine, Pelvis - SI, Craniomandibular, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand.


  • Post-professional training in examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, orthopaedic skills, and patient management based upon the practice dimensions described in the Description of Specialty Practice for Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
  • Post professional training in human anatomy and physiology, movement science, pathophysiology, orthopaedic medical/surgical interventions, evidence-based orthopaedic physical theory and practice, critical inquiry for evidence-based practice, examination and procedural interventions. Body regions covered include cranial/mandibular, cervical spine, thoracic spine/ribs, lumbar spine, pelvic girdle/sacroiliac/coccyx/abdomen, shoulder/shoulder girdle, arm/elbow, wrist/hand, hip, thigh/knee, leg/ankle/foot.
  • Participants can also earn academic credit towards the transitional DPT, or EdD programs at the University of St. Augustine.

Scholarly Activities

  • Produce a scholarly product which is disseminated to the professional community, e.g poster and/or platform presentation, publication in peer reviewed journal
  • Participation in journal clubs and case rounds
  • Opportunity to teach and mentor entry level DPT students, depending on location
  • Attendance at AAOMPT annual conference
  • Attendance at a PT conference

Program Tuition and Costs
Residencies are available around the United States, based on mentor availability. The Residency is a minimum of twelve months and a maximum of 36 months. Residents will be mentored in an outpatient orthopaedic clinic by a qualified mentor while completing didactic components. Mentor fees for residencies are negotiable between resident and mentor. Seminar and course fees average $575. There is a non-refundable $50.00 application processing fee, and an  administrative cost of $1,000.00 per semester ($3,000.00 total).

The university received approval from APTA to become a credentialed Clinical Orthopaedic Residency program in 2010.