Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Certificate and Residency Programs

“Experience the Michigan Difference – Committed faculty with a passion for excellence in teaching and research work with the expert clinical mentors at UM-Medsport to advance your clinical skills through collaborative evidence based models of patient care.  The individualized program, institutional resources, and our commitment to you will foster your professional development as an orthopedic clinical specialist.”       
-Dr. Laura Smith, PT, DPT, MTC, FAAOMPT

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
Orthopedic Residency will be complete.**

Apply to the UM-Flint Orthopedic Certificate and Residency Program

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



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

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.

674 Advances in Histology, Anatomy and Kinesiology in Musculoskeletal Diseases & Disorders (4) Format: L with online activities. Offered FALL semester
675 Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Practice (4) Format: L/L with online activities.  Offered WINTER semester
676 Evidence Based Plan of Care in Musculoskeletal Practice (4) Format: L/L with online activities.  Offered SPRING semester
775 Case Studies in Orthopedic P T (3) Format:  Seminar with online activities.  Offered FALL semester
774 Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization (1) First seven weeks, Winter semester
776 Orthopedic PT in the Health Care System (2)  Format:  Seminar with online activities.  Second seven weeks Winter semester
801 Advanced practicum (6) Format: Lab and seminar with online activties (Residency)

 For more information: catalog course descriptions    

Contact Us!

For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Smith, PT, DPT, MTC, FAAOMPT or Christina Wixson at (810) 762-3373
or ptresidencyadmissions@umflint.edu



The University of Michigan-Flint Orthopedic Residency
Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy
Association as a postprofessional residency program
for physical therapists in Orthopedics