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Gain advanced orthopedic physical therapy knowledge through this credentialed, yearlong clinical residency 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. 

Official Degree Title

Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy


Adv Cert

Application Deadline

Fall Start:
May 27

Plan Code






Admissions Requirements

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

  • US physical therapy licensure
  • Completed an accredited physical therapy program or the equivalent international credentials
  • 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 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.

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

1. Prepare Your Application

Application: RF-PTCAS resume

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

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement to RF-PTCAS 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 evaluations, 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.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

You do not have to submit an English language exam score to RF-PTCAS ​​​​​​if:

  • Your native language is English
  • You completed four years of study in the US (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of both undergraduate and graduate study)
  • You received the equivalent of a four year college education from a non-US school where English is the only and official language of instruction

For those who do not meet the above exemptions, please submit your Test of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFLthrough RF-PTCAS ​​​by the application deadline.

Applicants holding or completing a graduate degree from an English-speaking institution are still required to submit official exam scores if their graduate education was fewer than four years in duration.

This English proficiency exam requirement cannot be waived. If your scores have expired before you apply, you must retake the exam.

We will review all applications regardless of your scores. All components of your application are reviewed together as a whole. 

We reserve the right to require any candidate, regardless of country of citizenship, to submit results from an English language exam prior to rendering a decision if they believe proficiency in English is an area of concern.

Candidates may be further evaluated before a decision is made through a second-level review of English proficiency regardless of score received on the above exams.

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.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision

The final admission decision from NYU Steinhardt will be provided through its online application system which is separate from CAS. Within 7 to 10 business days of submitting your application to NYU Steinhardt you will receive an email providing next steps on how to access your NYU Steinhardt account.

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.