New York University is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedic physical therapy. The first APTA-credentialed program of its kind in the New York-metropolitan area, the Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy program is designed so that licensed physical therapists can obtain advanced orthopedic physical therapy knowledge and clinical skills. The program meets a part of the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision 2020 plan, which stresses the increasing need of residency/fellowship education within a doctoring profession.
As the first orthopedic residency program in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area, it includes a didactic component consisting of six courses at a total of approximately 240 contact hours and a clinical component consisting of 3 internship experiences around 1596-1700 hours (including patient care, OCS mentorship, case presentations, teaching assistance, and physician contact hours). Courses are scheduled throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer (weekdays and weekends) and focus on advanced anatomy, physiology, pathology, and examination and intervention skills of the musculoskeletal system, as well as evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy. Students complete this program in 12 months.
Graduates will be able to provide specialized care for this rapidly growing patient population and will be prepared to sit for the clinical specialist exam in orthopedic physical therapy. The first class of residents graduated in fall 2011, and those who sat for the rigorous OCS exam passed.