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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

Helping PT's Specialize in Pediatric Care

The University of Utah Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency prepares physical therapists to excel and contribute in diverse pediatric settings. Pediatric care is a complex and rewarding area of practice combining neurologic, orthopedic, and developmental knowledge with compassion and family centered care. Pediatric therapists are uniquely qualified to impact families in meaningful ways that can have lifelong implications.  Our residents will acquire mentored clinical experience in a variety of settings that will contribute to a holistic understanding of children with special health care needs and their families.

This 12 ½ month program includes direct patient care in early intervention, inpatient acute care, outpatient, and schools; expert clinical mentorship in each setting; interprofessional leadership training though Utah Regional Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (URLEND); targeted didactics; teaching experience in the University of Utah entry level DPT program; clinical research experience and mentorship; and a variety of other professional development opportunities.

PTAT Pediatric Residency patient with child on stairs

Sponsoring Agencies

U Health



Graduation rate
First graduates in 2023

First time PCS pass rate
First graduates eligible to sit for PCS in 2024




The Pediatric PT Residency is seeking accreditation by ABPTRFE (anticipated candidacy status June 2022, anticipated accreditation Fall of 2023).


Basic Information


12 ½ months


2 residents per year

Approx. Time Breakdown

Patient Care (~ 32 hours per week)

  • Includes average of 3 hours per week of clinical mentored time
  • Rotations in Outpatient, Schools, Early Intervention, and Inpatient Acute Care.  (Inpatient Rehabilitation will be observational)


  • Residents will complete the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (URLEND).  This will entail 100 hours of didactic, 100 hours of leadership, and 40 hours of interprofessional clinical observations over the academic year.
    Other didactics specific to the PCS will be required and offered online and in person on a less frequent basis throughout the year (approximately 1-2 X/month).
    Independent study is expected throughout the year.
    Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course included


  • Teaching Assistant in the entry level DPT pediatrics class spring semester (approx. 3 hours per week and can be logged as leadership time for URLEND)

Professional development

    Community Service
    In-service and journal club presentations
  • Observations in Specialty Pediatric Settings

Specialty areas of practice, including

  • Early Intervention
    Inpatient Acute Care
    Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our Mission

The mission of the University of Utah Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is to accelerate the knowledge and skills of pediatric physical therapists from novice to advanced practitioner in diverse pediatric practice settings. Residents will prepare to impact society and enhance the health and lives of children and families through leadership, professionalism, evidence-based practice, and excellence in pediatric physical therapy.

Financial Considerations


Standard PT salary for 30 hours per week clinic time (~$53,000) plus benefits (.75 FTE)

Fringe benefits

  • CI credentialing course


  • Program Fee: $6,500
    Note:  URLEND stipend covers the cost of the program fee and is paid directly to the program.  Residents will be responsible for a 50% deposit at the beginning of the program to be reimbursed upon completion of URLEND. Upon failure to complete URLEND requirements, the resident will be responsible for the program fee

Other costs

  • Personal liability policy (approximately $80)
  • APTA, APTA Utah, and APTA Pediatrics dues (up to $455, less with APTA early career discount eligibility)

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of Utah Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency, 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.


Application due

February 15

Interviews / offers



Last week of July

Program start

First week of August


You will find 4 documents in our application materials. You will need to download the documents, fill them out, and then return them.

Application Fee

There is a $50 application fee. Applications will not be accepted unless the fee is paid.

Minimum applicant requirements

Eligible for Utah Licensure – must take and pass NPTE no later than April

Must complete at least one full time pediatric clinical experience or have at least 6 months pediatric PT work experience prior to enrollment

Core Faculty & Program Leadership


Kirsten Aalberg PT, DPT, PCS
Karly Bitters PT, DPT, PCS
Stefanie Elias, PT, DPT, PCS
Lisa Milkavich PT, DPT, PCS
Kathlene Qualls, PT, DPT, PCS
Amy Shuckra, PT, DPT, PCS


Kirsten Aalberg PT, DPT, PCS

Contact Us

Email the Program Director

Kirsten Culver Aalberg

Kirsten Culver Aalberg