Physical Therapy Residency Programs

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Advance your Physical Therapy Career with a Residency Program at Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University in partnership with several external partners is proud to offer a post-professional physical therapy residency program.  The program is designed for licensed physical therapists interested in enhancing their knowledge and pursuing a career in the following specialty area:


Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Saint Francis University is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in pediatric physical therapy. This program allows a licensed physical therapist resident to gain additional knowledge and training in the pediatric physical therapy specialty area and prepares the resident to become a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist. This residency is offered through several external clinical partners throughout the country.


  • Curriculum
  • Program Goals & Data
  • Admissions Process & Requirements
  • Program Affiliations
  • The program duration is 12 months beginning August 1. The curriculum consists of a variety of learning experiences including lecture, laboratory, case study, self-study, observation, time in mentored pediatric clinical practice, and non-mentored pediatric clinical practice.  Experience in multiple practice settings is provided.

  • Program Goals

    The goals of Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency are;

    • To prepare residents to enter physical therapy specialty practice.
    • To educate residents to use an evidence-based approach to support decisions and serve the needs of the consumers and society. 
    • To prepare residents to function as a clinical specialist in a complex health care environment. 
    • To facilitate residents’ ability to use advanced critical thinking and problem solving in professional practice. 
    • To educate residents to become advocates and ethical and caring practitioners of physical therapy.

    Program Data

    • Current Pediatric Specialty Exam Pass Rate - 100%
    • Current Graduation Rate - 100%
  • Admission Requirements

    Preferred applicants are physical therapists who are interested in a career in pediatric physical therapy.  Previous clinical experiences and skills in pediatric physical therapy, as well as research experience, are preferred, but not required.  New graduates are encouraged and welcome to apply. 
    Applicants must also possess:

    • Current (or eligible) license to practice physical therapy in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Malpractice insurance

    Application Process

    Residency Dates: Residency Dates: August 1-July 31 (12 months)

    Application Deadline:  February 28th!  Apply today!

    All residency applications are now being processed through RF-PTCAS 

    If you experience difficulty with this link or have additional questions, please contact;

    Kelly Bossola 724-612-5966

  • Program Affiliations

    The residency is offered through a partnership model.  The resident will be an employee of the partnering organization and will complete all non-mentored clinical practice hours, as well as most mentored practice at the partnering facility.   Additional mentored clinical practice, as well as all instructional and educational experiences, will take place at Saint Francis University or via face-to-face meetings at other locations or via video teleconferencing/web-based interactive experiences. 
    Additional affiliation agreements with clinical sites for the residency program will be considered on an individual basis.