UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program

The University of Central Arkansas Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is a full-time residency program offered in cooperation with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Allied Therapy and Consulting Services. The UCA Pediatric Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

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Program Information

The UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is 12 months in length. Through incorporation of clinical and didactic opportunities, residents are provided the opportunity to advance skill and knowledge related to Pediatric Physical Therapy.  Clinical mentors are pediatric practitioners with a broad scope of clinical expertise and include ABPTS board certified pediatric specialists in both clinical and academic environments.

Each resident engages in clinical practice in acute and community-based settings. Two residents are accepted to participate in the Program each year. Residents are employed by either Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Allied Therapy and Consulting Services.

Participation in the program allows a combination of independent clinical practice, mentored patient care, and indirect patient care activities to advance the resident’s understanding and application of pediatric physical therapy. Structured experiences with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program enhance resident knowledge of family centered learning.

In addition to clinical practice opportunities, residents participate in didactic coursework including graduate credit hours to advance the residents’ knowledge of core issues related to pediatric practice patterns, research and teaching. Residents are eligible to receive full time benefits, including tuition reimbursement from their primary employer.

Immersion in mentored clinical practice, as well as research and teaching experiences, provides each resident with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills across the spectrum of pediatric physical therapy.

Application and Selection Process

Individuals wishing to apply to the UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program should access the centralized application service for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) to submit an application.

General information regarding RF-PTCAS, an applicant manual, and a link to the online application are available at: http://www.abptrfe.org/RFPTCAS/ApplicantWebsite/.

Minimal eligibility requirements for application to the UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program include:
a) Licensed or eligible for licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
b) Eligible for employment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Allied Therapy and Consulting Services
c) Eligible for admission to UCA Graduate Program (master’s degree or higher with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
a) Academic education
b) Clinical experience in pediatric therapy
c) History of pediatric service learning
d) Research interest/experience
e) Demonstrated interest in advancing pediatric practice

Minimal eligibility requirements for application to the UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program include:
a) Licensed or eligible for licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
b) Eligible for employment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Allied Therapy and Consulting Services
c) Eligible for admission to UCA Graduate Program (master’s degree or higher with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Minimal eligibility requirements for admission to the UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program (to be met upon acceptance) include:
a) Physical Therapist Licensure by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy
b) Compliance with employment requirements of Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Allied Therapy and Consulting Services
c) Admission to University of Central Arkansas Graduate Program (master’s degree or higher with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)

Desirable applicants include those who:
1. Completed a full-time clinical experience in Pediatric Physical Therapy
2. Possess superior verbal and written communication skills
3. Possess strong skills in clinical reasoning
4. Have demonstrated interest in pursuing pediatric clinical practice

The application deadline is in early January each year (see specific deadlines in RFPTCAS portal) with anticipated start date in late August of the same calendar year.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an on-site interview with members of the selection committee. Applicants will be notified by March 1st of the application year regarding whether they have been selected for interview. Applicants will be responsible for travel costs. Notification of applicants who are accepted to the program will be made at least 2 months prior to the start date.

Documents:

Pediatric Residency FAQ

Links:

APTA Professional Development – Residency / Fellowship

For More Information, Contact our Program Director:

Misty Booth, PT, DPT

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy

University of Central Arkansas

Phone: (501) 450-5543

mbooth@uca.edu