Geriatric Clinical Physical Therapy Certificates/Residencies

“The practice of geriatric physical therapy is complex, challenging, rewarding, and engaging. In the Post Professional Geriatric Certificate and Residency program at the University of Michigan-Flint, physical therapists will have the opportunity to enhance their practice by promoting the highest standards of evidence based practice. With access to many resources through the University at their fingertips, PTs can participate in a stimulating and challenging career enhancing residency that will benefit the quality of life and care of the geriatric clients that they serve. Come challenge yourself and change your practice- be a part of the Michigan difference.”
-Dr. Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS, Coordinator of Geriatric Clinical Certificate and Residency Program


Application Process

**Application and Admission are a two step process.  Your application will be reviewed for admission into the didactic portion of the Residency.  Upon acceptance of the offer of admission, you will then start the second step to the process.  The second step in this process will include the HR Interview at the Clinical Site.  Upon hire at the Clinical Site, your admission to the
Geriatric Residency will be complete.**

Apply to the UM-Flint Geriatric Certificate and Residency Program

An interview with a PT faculty member may be scheduled after review of the applicant’s materials.


Program Curriculum

The number of credits required to complete the program is 18 credits of didactic coursework and 6 credits of advanced practicum for ongoing mentoring and clinical advanced practice. Generally, Doctoral-prepared, licensed PT's can complete the online didactic requirements of 5 courses, with the additional advanced practicum course, in 18 months to 24 months. Contact us for options!

686 Advances in the Physiology of Aging in Geriatric Diseases & Disorders (4) Format: L with online activities. Offered FALL semester

687 Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes in Geriatric Practice (4) Format: L/L with online activities. Offered WINTER semester

688 Evidence Based Plan of Care in Geriatric Practice (4) Format: L/L with online activities. Offered SPRING semester

787 Case Studies in Geriatric PT (3) Format: Seminar with online activities. Offered FALL semester

788 Geriatric PT in the Health Care System (3) Format: Seminar with online activities. Offered WINTER semester

803 Advanced practicum (6) Format: Lab and seminar with online activities

For more information: catalog course descriptions

Admission Requirements

  • A Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from an accredited institution in the US
  • Physical therapy license in the United States or Canada
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher in the physical therapy degree
  • Completion of the program application including supplemental information

Contact Us!

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Blackwood, PT, GCS or
Christina Wixson at (810) 762-3373 or

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