Pediatric Physical Therapy Certificate and Residency Programs - Overview

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. 

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.**  

Apply to the UM-Flint Pediatric 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.

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