• A fellowship program is a postprofessional planned learning experience comprised of a curriculum encompassing the essential knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of an advanced physical therapist within a defined area of subspecialty practice.

    A clinical fellowship candidate has either completed a residency program in a related specialty area or is an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board-certified specialist in a related area of specialty.

    ABPTRFE currently accredits clinical physical therapist fellowship programs in the following areas:

    • Critical Care
    • Hand Therapy
    • Movement System
    • Neonatology
    • Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
    • Performing Arts
    • Spine
    • Sports Division 1
    • Upper Extremity Athlete

    ABPTRFE also accredits non-clinical physical therapist fellowship programs in the area of Higher Education Leadership.

    Many programs utilize RF-PTCAS for their admission process.

    For those programs that do not participant in RF-PTCAS, please contact them directly for their admission process.


  • Last Updated: 10/1/2020
    Contact: resfel@apta.org