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Sports Residency

Exceptional care for all types of athletes

The University of Utah Sports Physical Therapy Residency program prepares graduates to excel in a wide variety of athletic practice settings. In addition to clinical practice in the exceptional University Orthopaedic Center with access to vast University of Utah Health system resources, residents work with local high school teams, University of Utah Athletics (PAC-12), and a number of local amateur and professional organizations.

This 14-month program includes direct patient care; mentoring with 8 board-certified clinical specialists in orthopaedic or sports PT; targeted didactics; short and long-term athletics rotations, including on-field patient management; teaching in the University of Utah Masters of Athletic Training program; clinical research opportunities and mentorship; and, a variety of other professional development opportunities. 

Basic Information


14 months


1 resident per year

Time & Activities

Patient care (~30 hours/week)

  • Includes 4 hours/week 1:1 mentoring with 7 expert clinicians
  • Time split between UOC and University of Utah Beadles Athletic Training Room
  • Includes 4 hours/week UOC Injury Clinic co-treating with SportsMedicine MDs

Long-term athletics assignment with local high school

Short-term athletics assignments with local University, amateur, and professional organizations

  • University of Utah (Pac-12) athletics
    Utah Jazz and Salt Lake City Stars (basketball)
    Salt Lake Bees (baseball)
    US Ski and Snowboard
    Ririe-Woodbury dance company
    Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals FC (soccer) 
    Local events: Tour of Utah (cycling), other as available
    Customized final 2 months athletics experience

Didactics (1.5-2 hours/week plus independent study

  • In-person and online didactics (~60% with ortho residents)
    Level 1 CCIP (CI credentialing) course

Teaching assistant in Masters of Athletic Training courses (~3 hours/week)

  • Intro to Clinical Exam & Injury

Professional development 

  • Research (20 hours)
    Clinical, athletics, or community project (20 hours)

Our Mission

Accelerate the development of PTs from novice to advanced in sports physical therapy residency core competencies.

Sponsoring Agencies



Graduation rate

First-time SCS pass rate



Accreditation: ABPRFE (since 2020).


Financial Considerations


Salary: standard PT salary for 30 hours/week clinic (~$48K for new graduates) plus benefits (0.75FTE) 
Fringe benefits

  • $750 continuing education (CE) stipend + 5 days PTO for approved CE
  • CI credentialing course
  • Medbridge subscription
  • CSM abstract submission fee


  • Program fee $4,800

Other costs

  • $80 personal liability policy
  • APTA, SPTS, Utah chapter dues

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of Utah Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Utah, and University Orthopaedic 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 7

Interviews / offers


Orientation / Program start

First full week of June


Submit applications online through RF-PTCAS.

Minimum applicant requirements

Eligible for UT licensure / hospital credentialing by mid- to late May (must take NPTE no later than April)
By start date, residents must have current certification in Basic Life Support as well as Emergency Medical Response (EMR) or Emergency Response for the Athlete (ERA). This requirement is waived if the applicant has current certification or licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician, certification or licensure as a Paramedic, or current certification as an Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Credentialing (NATABOC) (certified within past 10 years, and eligible for AT licensure in UT).

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Email the Program Director

Misha Bradford

Misha Bradford

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