Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network's Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists. This accreditation is effective through September 30, 2021, and means that Good Shepherd's residency program is held to strict guidelines as outlined by the ABPTRFE.

The Good Shepherd Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program offers licensed physical therapists the opportunity to advance their clinical practice and leadership in the profession. 

Admission Requirements

The application process for the Neurologic Residency Program involves the following components:

  • Personal Statement
  • Why are you pursing a neurologic residency program?
  • Why have you chosen to apply to Good Shepherd neurologic residency program?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • How do you feel this program will assist you in achieving these goals?
  • How do you feel you can contribute to the field of physical therapy by achieving these goals?

Resume

  • Education(institute, degree, years of attendance)
  • Professional experience.  If you have less than 1 year experience as a licensed Physical Therapist, please include your Physical Therapy affiliation that were at least 8 weeks long
  • Teaching experience
  • Continuing education courses
  • Other neurology specific  experience and/or course work
  • Other recognition
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know your academic and/or clinical potential as a Physical Therapist.

For individuals within 2 years of graduation from a physical therapy program:

  • One letter of reference should come from an academic professor or advisor.
  • One letter of reference should come from a clinical instructor or recent employer.

For individuals who have greater than 2 years of experience as a physical therapist.

  • One letter of reference should come from a supervisor.
  • One letter of reference should come from colleague.

The letter should include, but not limited to:

  • How does the applicant compare to other physical therapy students or employees you have had?
  • How does the applicant handle stress?
  • Did the applicant demonstrate evidence-based practice?
  • How did the applicant’s clinical reasoning develop and progress over time?
  • What would you like us to know about this applicant?

Formal interview

Current Pennsylvania license by start of residency date

  • Full licensure means passing the licensing exam and currently in possession of a valid Pennsylvania state physical therapy license.  Good Shepherd reserves the right to withdraw an applicant’s offer if no proof of full licensure is made available. Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to initiate their Pennsylvania licensure at the same time an application is made to the program. 

Curriculum

Residency curriculum and training

  • Residency program goals will be achieved through a combination of formal and informal educational methods and roles:
    • Direct care provision as well as mentored clinical practice on the inpatient and outpatient services of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation.  Clinical mentors include Desales neurologic PT faculty as well as Good Shepherd neurologic clinical specialists.
    • Mentoring by Good Shepherd physicians in specialty clinics at Good Shepherd, including MD and ALS.
    • Participation as teaching assistants in courses addressing neurology (ex: human function and performance), Clinical evaluation in Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
    • Enrollment in continuing education courses through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.
    • Preparation of a scholarly project with faculty mentors, including a case report or scholarly paper for publication in a peer review journal, contribution to a book in the field of neurologic PT, or other approved work.
    • Participation in Neurologic special interest groups.
    • Community outreach, endeavors projects

  • ​A typical week includes:

    • 28 hours of direct patient care including mentoring sessions.  Includes clinical care in outpatient and inpatient neurorehabilitation settings.
    • 4 hours of providing physical therapy services while working with Good Shepherd physicians/clinical specialists as they see their patients. ( Including prosthetic, orthotics, wheelchair clinic)
    • Teaching opportunities in CAPTE accredited program.
    • Didactic coursework varies each week(see***Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium information below)
    • Administration and leadership development

    ***Good Shepherd is a member of The Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium.

    The Mission of the Consortium is to:

    The Consortium’s coursework is divided into two 4-day blocks to maximize educational experience and minimize time away from the clinic.  This educational approach includes labs, on-line resources and activities, patient case presentations and analysis.  Webinars and Journal Club participation are also provided throughout the year involving topics such as: Neurologic Differential Diagnosis; Motor learning; Neuroplasticity; and gait dysfunction/performance.

    Promote the development of Neurologic Physical Therapy Clinical Education throughout the United States by offering a didactic education series that assists in preparation for specialty certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. 

    Promote the development of Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Programs by offering the classroom/laboratory education that fulfills the didactic component of APTA residency credentialing requirements. 

    Application Deadline: February 28

    Admission Decision: May 31

    Program Start: June 1 (Subject to change based on Consortium start date.)
     

    Cost

    Residency Tuition 2019/2020

    Residency Tuition  $2500.00.  This includes Neurologic physical therapy consortium benefits/ education/NCS exam.

    Administration and education Fees* $2700.00

    Fees can be paid in one, two or nine installments over the course of the year.

    *The $2700.00 fee is paid by the clinical site.  The fees are for the academic year 2019/2020.  They are subject to change in the future. 

    Residents are paid for 40 hours a week of clinical, teaching and education time. 2019/2020 salaries are not yet set and subject to change.

    Requirements

    Residents are required to sit for the 2020 NCS exam. 
     

    Important Dates Occurring Annually

    Miscellaneous Information

    Each resident is responsible for the purchase of personal textbooks, syllabi, and additional supplies.  Information on requirements will be given during orientation.

    Residents must plan for own expenses including two, four day consortium at University of Southern California in Los Angeles throughout the year. 
     

    **Application to the Residency via RF-PTCAS**