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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 and rehabilitation, 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

 

Outcomes

Graduation rate
First graduates in 2023

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

 

 

Accreditation

The Pediatric Care Residency is seeking accreditation by ABPTRFE (anticipated in 2023).

 

Basic Information

Duration

12 ½ months

Capacity

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 and Rehabilitation

Didactics

  • 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 1X/month).
    Independent study is expected throughout the year.
    Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course included

Teaching

  • 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

  • URLEND
    Research
    Community Service
    In-service and journal club presentations

Specialty areas of practice, including

  • Early Intervention
    Inpatient Acute Care
    Inpatient Rehabilitation
    Outpatient
    Schools

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, and excellence in pediatric physical therapy.

Financial Considerations

Salary

Standard PT salary for 32 hours per week clinic time (~$48,000) plus benefits (.75 FTE)
Potential to work and get paid for 40 hours per week during the summer

Fringe benefits

  • CI credentialing course

Fees

  • 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 Pediatrics, APTA Utah, and APPT 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.

Admission

Application due

February 15

Interviews / offers

March

Orientation / Program start

First full week of August

Application

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 pediatric PT work experience prior to enrollment

Core Faculty & Program Leadership

Mentors

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

Leadership

Kirsten Aalberg PT, DPT, PCS

Contact Us

Email the Program Director

Kirsten Culver Aalberg

Kirsten Culver Aalberg