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Orthopaedic Residency

Develop expertise across the full spectrum of orthopaedic specialist practice

The University of Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program graduates PTs who are expert thinkers and skilled providers of evidence-guided orthopaedic care. Program participants provide patient care in two exceptional health systems, the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center (part of University of Utah Health) and the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center. Residents are employed (0.75 FTE) by University of Utah Health and have a WOC appointment at the VA.

This 12-month program includes direct patient care; mentoring with 7-8 board-certified clinical specialists in orthopaedic PT; 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. Residents have access to the full breadth of orthopaedic specialty practice areas.

Sponsoring Agency

  • University of Utah
    • University of Utah Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
  • Clinical Partners:
    • University Orthopaedic Center (University of Utah Health)
    • Salt Lake City VA Medical Center


Graduation rate

First time OCS pass rate




The Orthopaedic Residency is accredited by ABPRFE (since 2014).

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Basic Information


12 months


4 residents per year

Time & Activities

Patient care (~32 hours/week)

  • Includes 4 hours/week 1:1 mentoring with 7-8 expert clinicians
  • Time split between UOC and SLC VAMC (residents assigned to M/W/F at one and T/Th at other)

Didactics (1.5-2 hours/week plus independent study)

  • In-person didactic modules covering basic science, UE, LE, Lumbopelvic, Cervicothoracic/TMJ, and acute ortho management
  • Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course

Teaching assistant in entry-level DPT courses (average ~3 hours/week)

  • Tests and Measures (Fall, 4-6 hours/week)
  • Musculoskeletal Management (Spring, optional)

Professional development 

  • Research (20 hours)
  • Clinical or community project (20 hours)
  • Interprofessional and specialty clinics (~3 hours/week)

Specialty areas of practice, including

  • Aquatic therapy 
  • Inpatient orthopedics 
  • Joint camp (UOC)
  • Vestibular and balance
  • Orthotics/prosthetics
  • Electrodiagnostic testing
  • Exercise physiology, testing, performance
  • Hand therapy
  • DDS / TMJ expert
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports Medicine MD
  • PM&R MD
  • Exercise physiology and testing
  • Video / 3D instrumented gait analysis
  • Wellness / Prevention
  • VA interprofessional musculoskeletal clinic

Our Mission

Accelerate the development of physical therapists from novice to advanced in orthopedic clinical reasoning, knowledge, skill, and professionalism

Financial Considerations


Standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~59K) plus benefits (0.75FTE)

Fringe benefits

  • $400 AOPT residency curriculum package
  • $750 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
  • CI credentialing course
  • Medbridge subscription
  • CSM abstract submission fee
  • Eligible to apply for UOC scholarship


  • Program fee $4500

Other costs

  • Personal liability policy
  • APTA, AOPT, APTA-Utah chapter dues

ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Utah Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Utah, University Orthopaedic Center, and Salt Lake City VA Medical Center 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.


Application due

January 15

Interviews / offers


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)




Contact Us

Email the Program Director

Misha Bradford

Misha Bradford

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