• A clinical fellowship program in physical therapy is a postprofessional planned learning experience in a focused advanced area of clinical practice. Similar to the medical model, a clinical fellowship is a structured educational experience (both didactic and clinical) for physical therapists which combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry in a defined area of subspecialization beyond that of a defined specialty area of clinical practice. A fellowship candidate has either completed a residency program in a related specialty area, is a board-certified specialist in the related area of specialty, or has demonstrable clinical skills within a particular specialty area. Fellowship training is not appropriate for new physical therapy graduates.

    Please note: All accredited fellowship programs must be compliant with the new ABPTRFE Quality Standards by January 1, 2019. The new standards require participants of a fellowship program to meet one of the following admission criteria:

    • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) specialist certification in the related area of specialty as defined within the DFP, or
    • Completion of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency in a related specialty area as defined within the DFP.
  • Last Updated: 1/31/2018
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