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Physical Therapy Residencies

Neurologic | Orthopaedic | Acute Care | Pediatric | Sports | Critical Care

Thank you for your interest in the physical therapy residency and fellowship programs at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Acceptance will be based on the candidate's ability to provide exceptional patient-centered care and advanced critical thinking skills. Qualified applicants will have demonstrated professional investment and development through research exposure, evidence-based practice and leadership opportunities. Flexibility, time management and communication skills are highly valued as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced academic medical environment with a multi-disciplinary team.

All program participants are considered full-time employees at Johns Hopkins and are eligible for all employee benefits.

How to Apply

All applications for these programs are processed through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Please visit the APTA website for instructions on how to submit your application.

If you have questions or need more information about any of the programs, please contact the program coordinator listed on the program's flyer. Please note that we don't sponsor visas for international applicants.


Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

This 13.5-month program prepares residents to apply for the Neurologic Specialty Certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Introduction and orientation to facilities
  • Acute care
  • Comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Outpatient neurorehabilitation experience
  • Specialized clinical management
  • Clinical education supervising
  • Academic teaching

For more information, view the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit APTA Program Profile.


Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

This 13-month program prepares residents to apply for the Orthopaedic Specialty Certification and positions them for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Intensive classroom and independent study modules
  • Experience treating in an outpatient orthopaedic setting
  • One-on-one clinical mentoring by board-certified orthopaedic specialists
  • Opportunities to serve as an instructor in a local entry-level physical therapy program

For more information, view the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residencyflyer or visit APTA Program Profile.  


Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

This 12-month program focuses on the rehabilitation of the complex medicine patient in the acute care setting. The residency features intense learning, leadership, and broad clinical exposure to the medically complex patient across the continuum in hospital. This residency accomplishes in a year what may otherwise take many years to achieve professionally. A one-of-a-kind collaborative effort of clinical practice, concentrated didactics, and classroom teaching opportunities will prepare the resident to practice at a high level of care in the acute care setting. It also prepares the resident for early candidacy and subsequent promotion along the clinical ladder beyond the level of peers without specialty residency experience.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Clinical rotations on all acute care rehabilitation services: cardiac, general medicine, general surgery and trauma, neurosciences, oncology, critical care units, and wound care
  • Academic teaching
  • Research activities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on patient-centered care

For more information, view the Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit APTA Program Profile.


Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The George Washington University pediatric residency begins in the acute care environment and progresses to pediatric rehabilitation, school system and early intervention, and outpatient service delivery. The goal is to build a strong foundation and gain clinical experience by following a specific patient through the continuum of care. Residents enjoy a personalized didactic program and are expected to participate in research. Upon successful completion, a resident will become a clinical expert capable of providing comprehensive, world-class physical therapy for pediatric patients. Program graduates will have the foundation to positively impact the field of pediatric physical therapy throughout their career.

The residency includes the following units:

  • Leadership course work
  • 1:1 Mentoring
  • Face-to-face academic teaching experience at the George Washington University in the spring semester
  • A variety of hospital-based multidisciplinary rounds and learning experiences
  • Opportunity to participate in the APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Opportunity to participate in community service projects/camps and observe pertinent state and federal legal processes impacting the field of physical therapy 

For more information, view the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residencyflyer or visit APTA Program Profile.


Sports Physical Therapy Residency

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Residency is to provide a physial therapist with the clinical experience, mentorship and learning opportunities needed to become a well-rounded board-certified sports physical therapist. The residency graduate will use a collaborative, evidence-based approach to deliver the highest quality of care to athletes and patients of all ages and competitive levels. 

The residency include the following units:

  • 1:1 clinical and non-clinical mentoring on a weekly basis
  • Sports venue and training room coverage at the high school level
  • Over 60 hours of sports didactic education at the University of Southern California
  • Over 120 hours of orthopaedic manual physical therapy didactic education
  • Independent study modules
  • Physician shadowing and surgical observation
  • Clinical practice in a clinic with state-of-the-art technology and equipment

For more information, view the Sports Physical Therapy Residency flyer or visit APTA Program Profile.


Critical Care Fellowship for Physical Therapists

This 13-months program focuses on the management and rehabilitation of the critically ill patient in the intensive care unit. The fellowship features intense learning, leadership, and clinical exposure to the critically ill patient within the adult intensive care units at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After successful completion of a final exam, the fellow will become a Certified Johns Hopkins Hospital Critical Care Fellow positioned for advancement along the clinical ladder.

The fellowship includes the following units:

  • Introduction and orientation to facilities
  • Clinical rotations on the Medical, Surgical, Cardiac and Neurologic Intensive Care Units
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Participation in ongoing and novel research activities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on patient centered care
  • 1:1 mentorship with certified PT clinical specialists

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: a minimum of 2 years of post-graduate clinical experience, completion of an accredited physical therapy residency program, or certification as a clinical specialist.

For more information, view the Critical Care Fellowship in Physical Therapyflyer or visit APTA Program Profile.

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