ABPTRFElogo Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PT residency? A residency is a post-graduate program for therapists who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in a particular physical therapy specialty ie orthopedics, sports, geriatrics, women's health etc. Completion of a residency program will allow the therapist to sit for the American board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) examination in the designated area of practice.

How long is a PT residency? There are many residency programs around the nation of varying lengths. The program at UTMB is a one year program that is divided into four units based on body regions detailed in the APTA's "Description of Specialty Practice." Each Resident rotates between our Galveston and our League City facilities.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to this program? The requirements for the UTMB residency program are:

  1. Candidates must have a Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  2. Candidates must have current PT licensure in the state of TEXAS
  3. Candidates must have no felony convictions or other legal issues that would prevent the candidate from practicing PT.
  4. Candidates must have a current CPR/BLS certification

What percentage of the program is patient care? The UTMB program requires 28-32 hours per week on average of patient care. The remaining hours in the work week are designated for on-line academic course work and labs.

Do I get paid while in the residency? Yes, the resident is a full-time employee and receives a salary (80% compared to a full time new graduate) and full- time benefits which can include based on employee selection: medical, dental, life, disability, and vision.

Is there tuition? No, we do not require tuition.

Is their housing available? No, we do not provide housing.

Will I receive mentoring? Yes, every resident will have one-on-one mentor sessions with clinical specialists each week.

What are requirements for applying for the residency? Graduation from an accredited PT program, current licensure in the state of Texas, current CPR/BLS, and no felony convictions or other legal issues that would prevent resident from practicing physical therapy.

What other unique opportunities will I have in the UTMB Residency? Our residents have the opportunity to teach entry level DPT students at the School of Health Professions, work local high school sporting events, participate in research projects, among other activities. Additionally, we have an affiliation with a local APTA-accredited Fellowship program which allows our graduates to continue their education and develop their skills further.

Where can I apply? Potential candidates can apply online. Follow the (RF-PTCAS) link under the Residency section of the APTA web site or simply click here.

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Contact Chad Davenport for any additional information
(832) 505-3368

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