The Clinical Orthopaedic Residency offers physical therapists the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills through post-professional training in examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, manual therapy skills, and patient management based upon the practice dimensions described in the Description of Specialty Practice for Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
Flexible: Pursue your Residency at any qualified site in the country, with the option to complete the program in 1-3 years and access almost all coursework and resources online.
Challenging: Residents receive post-professional training in examination, evaluation, clinical reasoning, orthopaedic skills and patient management based upon the practice dimensions from the Description of Specialty Practice for Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
Comprehensive: Participants can also earn academic credit toward the transitional DPT and EdD programs at the University of St Augustine.
Differentiated: Residents will experience unique mentoring sessions, guest speakers and distance opportunities from distinguished faculty and experts.
- Convenient Location: Any qualified clinic in the United States
- Accesible Curriculum: All courses are completed online and or through seminars
- Flexible Start Dates: Start in January, May, or September, when you're ready
- Adjustable Clinic Hours:Start your clinical hours when it's convenient for you
The mission of the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency program at 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.
- 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
- The Orthopaedic Residency program will maintain the standards and enhance the development of clinical mentors for the residency program.
- The Orthopaedic Residency program will ensure standards of the Orthopaedic Residency as per the APTA accrediting process.
Upon completion of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- 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 guide 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 eligible to take the ABPTS OCS examination
Residency Program Outcomes
90% graduation rate*
100% OCS Board Pass rate**
*10-year graduation rate (2010 – 2020)
**Based on USAHS graduates of the program who have taken the exam between 2010 – 2020