Residency and fellowship programs provide postprofessional education through one-to-one mentoring, structured curricular experiences, and guided learning designed to increase the quality of patient care and practitioner knowledge in specialty and subspecialty areas through best practices.
Program participants must be eligible to practice based on state requirements. Applicants should contact those programs they are interested in applying to for the programs' specific admissions policies.
Foreign-Educated Individuals: Those individuals educated outside of the United States, eligibility to participate in a residency program is dependent on the program. For additional information on obtaining licensure for foreign-educated physical therapists, please review the APTA licensure page.
Participants of accredited residency and fellowship programs are eligible for the discounted postprofessional student APTA membership. Review information and details on this membership category and its benefits.
For information regarding federal loans, please review the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Opportunities for Physical Therapists. Information regarding forbearance and deferment can be found on the Department of Education website.
With respect to loans from private lenders, contact them and see what options they offer. Bear in mind that upon residency completion, you will receive a certificate from the program. In addition, should you sit for and pass the board certification exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), you will earn credentials following your residency training. Some private loan lenders may require you to verify either, or both.
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Last Updated: 9/26/2018