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.**

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following by the application deadline to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library, before the admissions committee will evaluate the applicant's file:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
    (apply online or with a paper application)
  • Application fee (non-refundable) payable to the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Official transcripts from the institution where the baccalaureate degree was earned and from the institution where the Physical Therapy degree was earned (if different from the college of the baccalaureate degree)
  • 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 a physician 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:
  1. What are your professional goals or objectives related to advanced practice?
  2. How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
  3. How will the Clinical Concentration program at UM-Flint facilitate the accomplishment of your professional goals in advanced practice?
  4. How will you contribute to the physical therapy profession related to your area of advanced practice?
  5. What are the current diagnoses you examine? How many per month?
  • Copy of current Physical Therapy license issued in the United States or Canada
  • International students must submit additional documentation

    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