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Why Choose Utah for Residency?

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Residency Programs


What's Residency at the U like?

Utah is ranked by PT in Motion magazine as the number one place to practice PT (for the sixth year in a row)! And, no wonder. Besides the great health care and economic environment, Salt Lake City is a beautiful home to many outdoor and cultural activities. It is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges, with easy access to both mountain and desert terrain. Our residents work in world class facilities in a nationally recognized academic medical center, teach in a highly regarded DPT program, and enjoy a great work-life balance and reasonable cost of living.

All Utah residency programs are open to both novice and more experienced PTs. There are benefits both to starting a career with residency training and to waiting until you have more experience to inform your development. Optimal timing differs for each applicant.

Strong applicants for Utah residency programs:

  • Have experience in the specialty area. New grads have completed an extended internship under the direct clinical supervision of an ABPTS Clinical Specialist.
  • Possess strong fundamentals in the principles of clinical reasoning and the application of examination and treatment in the specialty area of practice.
  • Desire to practice at the highest level of evidence-guided practice and demonstrate commitment to promoting the continued integration of practice, research, and scholarly inquiry in the specialty area.
  • Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Are willing to work diligently on self-reflection and are able to honestly and accurately assess their performance and thinking.
  • Seek and respond to feedback.
  • Can justify clinical decisions while remaining open to new ideas.
  • Are a good fit with our clinical teams and mentors.
  • Are eligible for licensure in Utah before the start of the program.
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