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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 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. 100 percent of Good Shepherd Neurologic Physical Therapy residents have graduated the program and passed the NCS examination on the first attempt. They have also all been employed as a neurologic PT within 3 months of graduating the program.

Director Information:

Amanda Clark, PT, DPT, NCS
[email protected]
Phone: (610)-776-3204

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

  • 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
    • Minimum of 28 hours per week of direct patient care including mentoring sessions.  Includes clinical care in outpatient and inpatient neurorehabilitation settings.
    • Minimum of 4 hours per week of observing 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
    • Administration and leadership development

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?
  • Full licensure means passing the licensing exam and currently in possession of a valid Pennsylvania state physical therapy license prior to applying to the program. 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. 


  • 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

A formal interview will be conducted on-site at our Allentown, PA campus. Interviews will begin after the application deadline.


The residents begin their training with a didactic portion starting inJune with the use of the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium through the University of Southern California.

Residents will then begin their on-site clinical training in October, completing an Inpatient and Outpatient rotation.

***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. 

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: February 28
  • Admission Decision: April 1
  • Program Start: June 1 (Subject to change based on Consortium start date.)



The resident is required to cover all costs associated with traveling to the two 4-day modules as part of the Neuroconsortium in Los Angeles. This includes airfare, lodging, food and transportation.


  • Residents are full-time employees of Good Shepherd, receiving comparable salary and benefits. Thus they are expected to work 40 hours a week and abide by employee policies.
  • Residents are required to sit for the NCS exam the year following their graduation from the program