Graduate Application Guide

Orthopedic Physical Therapy (PTHO-ADCRT)

Gain advanced orthopedic physical therapy knowledge through this credentialed, yearlong clinical residency program for licensed physical therapists. You’ll take courses in advanced anatomy, physiology, pathology; learn intervention skills of the musculoskeletal system and evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy; and build hands-on clinical experience through three internships. Graduates will be prepared take the clinical specialist exam in orthopedic physical therapy. 

Read the Gainful Employment Disclosure to learn more about job placement rates and how long it takes to complete this program. 

Academic Plan Code: PTHO

Degree: ADCRT

Credits: 16

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: May 27

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to this program you must have:

  • Licensure as a physical therapist
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent international credentials in physical therapy
  • A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in a physical therapy professional program

You are not considered fully accepted into the NYU Clinical Residency Program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy until you are hired as residents in a clinical site both affiliated with NYU and with at least one orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) on staff and available to mentor the resident.

NYU will make every effort to secure sites in states where residents are licensed, but there is the possibility that this may not happen and that, instead, you would need to secure licensure in another state (NY/NJ/CT). This could delay the beginning of the mentoring portion of the residency program by up to three months. In the case of some states, such as NJ, it may also require a background check.

You also have the option of securing your own clinical facility, with an OCS, that is not already affiliated with NYU. In this case, NYU would communicate all mentoring requirements to the OCS on site and make every attempt to formalize an affiliation agreement with the site so that you can be placed. However, finding your own site neither connotes nor guarantees acceptance into the program, which comes from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Before applying to the program, foreign-trained physical therapists should first request a review of their credentials by the World Education Service.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. You will apply through RF-PTCAS (the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service).


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation, one from a clinical supervisor and one from a physical therapy faculty member. Be sure to request to request them well in advance of the deadline. See instructions on RF-PTCAS.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See instructions on RF-PTCAS.


Not required.

Proficiency in English


2. Apply

RF-PTCAS Application

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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $50 application fee on RF-PTCAS. Once you submit your application, you will be given a set of payment options. Your application will not be processed until your payment and all United States transcripts are received.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.