Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

at Saint Francis University

  • Mission

    The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program supports the mission of Saint Francis University by providing quality educational, clinical, and research opportunities.  In conjunction with the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and the greater university environment this faculty-student practice will enable participants to apply evidence-based skills through a variety of learning activities and experiences. By achieving the program goals (listed below), resident have the opportunity to become leaders within their communities while shaping the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior that will dictate the future of pediatric physicaltherapy.

    Residency Description

    The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University is currently in development (formal application has been submittedfor review) This program allows a licensed physical therapist resident to gain additional knowledge and training in the pediatric physical therapy specialty area and prepares the resident to becomea board certified pediatric clinical specialist. This residency is offered through a partnership with Camco Physical and Occupational Therapy, LLC.

    Curriculum

    The program duration is 12 months beginning August 1. The curriculum consists of a variety of learning experiences including lecture, laboratory, case study, self-study, observation, time in mentored pediatric clinical practice, and non-mentored pediatric clinical practice.  The primary clinical practice setting is school-based physical therapy and experience in other settings is also provided.

    Program Goals

    • To provide an opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills for evaluating and treating pediatric patients/clients.
    • To provide an opportunity to acquire knowledge necessary to successfully complete the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Examination in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
    • To provide an opportunity to observe other healthcare professionals to effectively manage pediatric patients/clients.
    • To participate in a multi-disciplinary team approach to effectively manage pediatric patients/ clients.

    Program Affiliations

    The residency is offered as a partnership between the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University and Camco Physical and Occupational Therapy, LLC.  The resident will be an employee of Camco and will complete all non-mentored clinical practice hours, as well as most mentored practice in the school-based setting as an employee of Camco. Additional mentored clinical practice, as well as all instructional and educational experiences, will take place at the DiSepi oInstitute for Rural Health and Wellness or via face-to-face meetings at other locations or via video teleconferencing/web-based interactive experiences. 

    Additional affiliation agreements with clinical sites for the residency program will be considered on an individual basis.

    Admission Requirements

    Preferred applicants are physical therapists who are interested in a career in pediatric physical therapy.  Previous clinical experiences and skills in pediatric physical therapy as well as research experience are preferred.  New graduates are also welcome to apply. 

    Applicants must also possess:

    • Current (or eligible) license to practice physical therapy in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Malpractice insurance

    Application Process

    All residency applications are now being processed through RF-PTCAS
    System which can be accessed at this link: http:.//www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS/ApplicantWebsite/. If you experience difficulty with this link or have additional questions, please contact Kara Kobal (kkobal@francis.edu).

    Residency Dates: August 1-July 31 (12 months).

    Application Deadline: February 15th, 2015!  Apply today!

    Questions or Inquiries

    Prospective applicants or clinics interested in developing an affiliation agreement with the residency program may direct questions to Kara Kobal at (814)472-3306 or kkobal@francis.edu