Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a post-professional residency program. Our 13.5 month residency program aims to provide practicing physical therapists with advanced clinical training to empower them to provide excellent, culturally competent, and evidence-based clinical care across the continuum of pediatric physical therapy and to encourage them to accept leadership roles as a resource to other pediatric physical therapists.

Program Specifics

  • The residency combines didactic and clinical work to encourage development of advanced clinical reasoning. The residency is designed to produce pediatric physical therapist specialists who are effective in improving function in a diverse population of children and their families.
  • Clinical work hours are in the outpatient, school-based, acute care (including NICU) and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Additional clinical experiences occur in early intervention and in various specialty clinics throughout the medical center.
  • The mentoring component involves intensive training across the continuum of pediatric physical therapy with clinicians who have advanced clinical expertise. Mentors guide the learning process through modeling, prompting self-reflection and feedback.
  • The main didactic component of the residency is the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Program (LEND). LEND is an interdisciplinary training program which is funded by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The LEND program is designed to train leaders who will improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities.
  • Residents are hired as salaried, full-time employees who divide their time among clinical care, LEND and other learning experiences. Residents typically spend 50-55 hours per week on didactic and clinical work. The pediatric residency pay is approximately 3/4 of PT salary.
  • Our program was accredited by ABPTRFE in 2012 and was re-accredited in 2017 for ten years. Since 2013, 100% of our graduates have taken the Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) Exam and received a passing score.

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Exceptional candidates are eligible for PT licensure in Ohio, have solid academic and clinical backgrounds, communication skills, leadership skills and professional references.

For additional information please contact Sally LeCras PT, DPT, PCS at

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Applications are accepted after October 1st, until December 31st on RF-PTCAS. Apply online through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service.