Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Clinical Physical Therapy Residency Programs Apart?

The Clinical Physical Therapy Residency program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a more effective advanced clinician in orthopedics, neurology, or pediatrics. The program assists practicing physical therapists with their DPT to prepare for ABPTS Specialist Certification in Orthopedics (OCS), Neurology (NCS), and Pediatrics (PCS).


Advanced clinical practice hours and mentoring can happen wherever you are working as a Physical Therapist, so you can advance your practice without disrupting your life. You’ll have the flexibility to complete courses when it’s convenient for you, through our online learning format.


With three available concentrations, we offer career advancement that builds on your education, experience, and goals. Full- or part-time options for coursework and clinical mentoring are available. Fitting in a clinical residency to advance your practice can be challenging. For this reason, all courses of the program are fully online, and most are offered in a semester (14-week) or accelerated (10-week) format. Content is presented online from an evidence-based practice perspective using the APTA's Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in each specialty area.


You’ll complete your Physical Therapy Residency with a small, diverse cohort of fellow students who share your passion for excellence in clinical care. The cohort structure encourages strong support networks for both personal and professional development.


Courses are taught by expert faculty who bring real-world knowledge and experience to their instruction. Physical Therapy faculty remain available and accessible to mentor and support you throughout your educational journey.


The program’s in-depth curriculum is evidence based and provides a multitude of experiential learning activities. Courses build on your broad base of clinical experience, focusing on giving you specialized knowledge and skills that prepare you to excel as a leader in your field.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.


Course Requirements

One of the following groups of courses, in sequence:


  • PTP 686 - Advances in the Physiology of Aging in Geriatric Diseases and Disorders (4)
  • PTP 687 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Geriatric Practice (4)
  • PTP 688 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Geriatric Practice (4)
  • PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization (1)
  • PTP 787 - Case Studies in Geriatric PT (3)
  • PTP 788 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Geriatric Physical Therapy (2)
  • PTP 803 - Advanced Practicum in Geriatric Physical Therapy (6)


  • PTP 677 - Advances in Neuroscience in Neurologic Diseases and Disorders (4)
  • PTP 678 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Neurologic Practice (4)
  • PTP 679 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Neurologic Practice (4)
  • PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization (1)
  • PTP 777 - Case Studies in Neurologic PT (3)
  • PTP 778 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Neurologic Physical Therapy (2)
  • PTP 802 - Advanced Practicum in Neurologic Physical Therapy (6)


  • PTP 674 - Advances in Histology, Anatomy and Kinesiology in Musculoskeletal Diseases & Disorders (4)
  • PTP 675 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Practice (4)
  • PTP 676 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Musculoskeletal Practice (4)
  • PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization (1)
  • PTP 775 - Case Studies in Orthopedic PT (3)
  • PTP 776 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (2)
  • PTP 801 - Advanced Practicum in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (6)


  • PTP 690 - Advances in Development in Pediatric Diseases and Disorders (4)
  • PTP 691 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Pediatric Practice (4)
  • PTP 692 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Pediatric Practice (4)
  • PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization (1)
  • PTP 790 - Case Studies in Pediatric PT (3)
  • PTP 791 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Pediatric Physical Therapy (2)
  • PTP 804 - Advanced Practicum in Pediatric Physical Therapy (6)

Sequence Requirements

Courses in the Physical Therapy Residency program are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. It is important for students to recognize that the Physical Therapy Residency program is not just a series of courses but instead, a professional preparation for specialty practice in which appropriate sequence is critical for assuring intended educational outcomes. There are no course transfers or waiver of courses in the Physical Therapy Residency programs.

Additional information on the Physical Therapy Post-Professional Residency including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Current physical therapy license in the United States or Canada
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher in the physical therapy degree
  • Current CPR certification

The federal government requires universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/online-state-authorization to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, please submit these items as indicated below.

  • Application: Apply online through RF-PTCAS
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable): submit the fee through this website
  • Official transcripts from the institution where your Physical Therapy degree was earned*
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé*
  • Two letters of recommendation*: We strongly suggest that you include individuals who are able to comment on your academic and clinical abilities, such as a former supervisor or instructor from an accredited physical therapy program and/or another healthcare professional you have worked with in the past.
  • Statement of Purpose*: Attach or submit separately a career statement. It should be typed and double-spaced. Please use the following questions, as they relate to your clinical/academic circumstances, to assist in the preparation of your career statement:
    • What are the current diagnoses you examine?
    • What are your professional goals or objectives related to advanced practice?
    • How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
    • How will the Residency program at UM-Flint facilitate the accomplishment of your professional goals in advanced practice?
    • How will you contribute to the physical therapy profession related to your area of advanced practice?
  • Copy of current Physical Therapy license issued in the United States or Canada*
  • Copy of current CPR card*
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

An interview (by telephone or in person) with a Physical Therapy faculty member will be scheduled after review of your application materials. For applicants to the Pediatrics Residency, qualified applicants may be asked to participate in a video conference interview. Interviews will be completed by June 1; details will be sent to the applicant once the interview has been scheduled. Applicants must have access to a computer with a webcam and internet access during the scheduled interview time.

*Note: Applicants submit these directly to RF-PTCAS

application deadlines
  • Fall Admission: March 1
  • Winter Admission (Neurology, MidMichigan Health site open to current MidMichigan Health employees only): July 31