Pediatric Clinical Physical Therapy Certificates/Residencies

"Advance your pediatric practice, enhance your knowledge and skills, broaden your clinical perspective, invigorate your passion for the profession and become a practitioner of choice. The University of Michigan-Flint Physical Therapy Pediatric Certificate and Residency program offers practicing DPT’s an opportunity to gain advanced practice knowledge and skills through didactic coursework and clinical practice experience.  Fitting this type of focused study into your already busy lifestyle can be challenging. That is why all didactic courses of the program are offered online.  The number of credits required to complete the Pediatric Certificate program is 18 credit hours of didactic coursework.  Therapists accepted to the Residency complete an additional 6 credit hour advanced practicum where they receive one on one mentoring in a pediatric physical therapy clinical practice setting.  Generally, doctoral- prepared, licensed PT’s can complete the online, didactic requirements of 5 courses with the additional advanced practicum in 18 to 24 months." 
-Dr. Carol Daly, PT, DPT, PCS 

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
Pediatric 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.

690 Advances in Development in Pediatric Diseases & Disorders (4) Format: L Offered FALL semester
691 Evidence Based Examination in Pediatric Practice (4) Format: L/L  Offered WINTER semester
692 Evidence Based Plan of Care in Pediatric Practice (4) Format: L/L with online activities.  Offered SPRING semester
790 Case Studies in Pediatric PT (3) Format:  Seminar with online activities.  Offered FALL semester
791 Pediatrics PT in the Health Care System (3) Format:  Seminar with online activities.  Offered WINTER semester
804 Advanced practicum (6) Format: Lab and seminar with online activities (Residency)

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. Carol Daly, PT, DPT, PCS or Christina Wixson at (810) 762-3373 or