Clinical Programs
Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric PT Residency is designed to develop pediatric specialists in the field of physical therapy through a multi-faceted program focused on developing advanced clinical skills and expanding pediatric knowledge. Our goal is to develop pediatric physical therapists who are able to provide the highest level of patient and family-centered in a variety of clinical settings.

The mission of the residency is to empower graduates to provide excellent, culturally competent, evidence-based clinical care across the continuum of pediatric PT, and to encourage them to accept leadership roles as a resource to other pediatric therapists. The residency is designed to develop PT specialists who are effective in improving function in a diverse population of children and their families. The program combines didactic and clinical work to encourage the development of advanced clinical reasoning.

Initially accredited in 2012, our current accreditation is valid through 2027 through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Since 2012, 100% of our residency graduates who sat for the Pediatric Clinical Specialty (PCS) examination have passed and have become Board Certified Specialists in Pediatric Physical Therapy. In addition, 100% of our residents have graduated from the program. Our residency graduates serve as academic educators, participate in clinical research, serve as faculty in another LEND program, lead clinical initiatives, and participate in community-based services to improve the participation of children with special needs.

Key Components of the Pediatric PT Residency Program include:

  • Participation in the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program, a multi-disciplinary program to improve the health and function of children with or at risk of developing a neurodevelopmental disability
  • Provision of physical therapy services in a number of unique settings:
    • Outpatient clinic setting with a variety of developmental diagnoses
    • School-based setting
    • Inpatient setting including acute care, NICU and inpatient rehabilitation
  • Observations in multiple specialty clinics in the medical center and in Ohio Early Intervention
  • At least 150 hours of one-on-one mentorship
  • Mentoring from clinical experts in multiple settings
  • Multiple presentation and teaching opportunities
  • Research and/or outreach integration project
  • Unique opportunities for involvement in community programs, continuing education and specialty clinic observations