• A residency 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 practice. When board certification exists through the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties for that specialty, the residency program prepares the physical therapist with the requisite knowledge and skill set needed to pass the certification examination following graduation.

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

    • Acute Care
    • Cardiovascular & Pulmonary
    • Clinical Electrophysiology
    • Geriatrics
    • Neurology
    • Oncology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Pediatrics
    • Sports
    • Women's Health
    • Wound Management

    ABPTRFE also accredits non-clinical physical therapist faculty residency programs.

    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: 9/23/2020
    Contact: resfel@apta.org