Preparing PTs for one of the Fastest-growing Specialties
The University of Utah Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency program prepares PTs to thrive across the broad spectrum of acute patient management. The role of acute care physical therapists is rapidly growing, as is the need for specialists with more advanced knowledge. Acute care specialists can make a profound difference in a patient’s hospitalization and help people through some of the biggest challenges of their lives. Acute care PTs work in interprofessional teams, advocating for patient independence and quality of life post-hospitalization.
This 12-month program includes direct patient care in all areas of acute patient management; mentoring with expert PTs in each setting; targeted didactics; teaching in the University of Utah entry-level DPT program; clinical research opportunities and mentorship; and, a variety of other professional development opportunities.
1 resident per year
Approx. Time Breakdown
Patient care (~32 hours/week)
- Includes 3 hours/week 1:1 mentoring with expert clinicians
- Rotations across the spectrum of acute PT management, including cardiovascular, medical, neurologic, orthopedic, surgery, oncology, and burn
Didactics (1-2 hours/week plus independent study)
- Online and in person didactics
- Topics include ICU basics, ACLS, mechanical circulatory support, hemodynamics, joint surgeries
- Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course
- Teaching assistant in entry-level DPT course (~2X hours/week): Patient Safety and Handling (Summer); Doctoral seminar; PT topics (TBD)
- Regular nursing staff education on safe patient handling and mobility
- Community service learning
- In-service presentations
- Interprofessional clinics
Specialty areas of practice, including
- Wound care
- Women’s health
- Emergency department
Prepare physical therapists to practice in all settings of acute care physical therapy to advance physical therapists’ contribution to the field.
Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$53K for new graduates) plus benefits (0.75FTE)
- $750 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
- CI credentialing course
- $60 uniform stipend
- Medbridge subscription
- Program fee $6,000
- Uniform requirements ($60 stipend)
- $80 personal liability policy
- APTA, APTA Acute care section, Utah chapter dues
- Professional conference costs above CE stipend
Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of Utah Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Utah, and University of Utah Health are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The Residency Program and associated institutions all comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulations related to privacy and confidentiality.
Interviews / offers
Orientation / Program start
First full week of August
Submit applications online through RF-PTCAS.
Minimum applicant requirements
Eligible for UT licensure / hospital credentialing by early July (must take NPTE no later than April)