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The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency Program consists of planned post-professional clinical and didactic education for licensed physical therapists who have graduated from an accredited DPT program. The program is designed to significantly advance preparation of the physical therapist as a highly qualified provider of patient care services in multiple pediatric clinical practice settings. Potential as a future leader in pediatric physical therapy is developed through coursework, clinical, and related experiences during the 13 month Residency Program. In addition to clinical opportunities with structured mentorship, the program also includes participation in the MCHB-funded Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through JFK Partners (, and access to the resources of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program on the Anschutz Medical Campus (
Start date for the NEXT resident will be July 1, 2016. The application cycle will open October 2015 through RF-PTCAS.


The mission of the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide a comprehensive program of didactic, clinical, and professional experiences to develop pediatric physical therapy specialists. Through clinical care experiences, educational excellence, exposure to research and active engagement in scholarship, teaching opportunities, professional and community service, and participation in collaborative teamwork, Residents will become future leaders in the profession.


 Program Overview

The University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program includes:

  • Clinical mentoring for development of pediatric physical therapy clinical skills in multiple settings
  • Participation on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams
  • Experiences in an array of pediatric settings including Children’s Hospital Colorado (inpatient and outpatient), Cherry Creek School District, Denver RISE School, ENRICH early intervention program, and Adam’s Camp
  • Focus on teamwork, collaboration, and MCH leadership competencies
  • Graduate courses (~ 10 credits) with an interdisciplinary group of LEND Fellows focused on working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism and their families
  • Paid stipend and benefits as a full-time employee of the University of Colorado


 Program Specifics

This Residency Program utilizes a module-based system to organize and focus the clinical component. Some of the clinical components continue across more than one module: Early Intervention, School-based, & Outpatient settings. Other clinical components are focused within a specific module (eg, inpatient acute care and rehab). In addition to these ongoing clinical components, research and teaching are threaded into the modules at various points depending on opportunities and resident interest. The 3 modules focus on:

  1. Early Intervention and School-based
  2. Outpatient and Specialty Care
  3. and
  4. Inpatient Rehab and Acute Care.
  5. Typical weekly schedules are provided for each of these 3 modules to identify specific experiences.


    Overview of the schedule:


      • JFK Partners core curriculum classes: The Resident will attend JFK Partners core curriculum classes every Tuesday with other LEND trainees following a typical fall and spring semester schedule (early September through December and January through April). Class meets from 8-10am & 1:30-4pm. In July, the Resident will participate in the Leadership class which will meet in the afternoons for the last two weeks of July. During the month of May, there is also a required leadership course that meets 4 mornings a week for 3 weeks.
      • Early Intervention: The Resident will carry ~20% FTE early intervention caseload (4-5 patients) throughout the entire 13-month program. The Resident will also attend weekly ENRICH team meetings every Tuesday morning from 10:30-12.
      • School-Based: The Resident will spend about a half a day per week in Cherry Creek School District during the school year (late August to end of May) and half a day per week at Rise School of Denver from the end of August through December.
      • Outpatient: The Resident will provide outpatient services at Children’s Hospital Colorado Littleton Specialty Care Clinic site every Friday from September through April.
      • Inpatient: The Resident will begin observing and orienting to the inpatient setting in May, and will be responsible for a caseload of patients on inpatient rehab and inpatient acute care June and July. Once the last JFK Partners core curriculum class ends at the end of May, the Resident will then transition to 3.5-4 days in the inpatient unit for acute care and inpatient rehabilitation.
      • Adam’s Camp and Other Experiences: The Resident will provide clinical services during a session of Adam's Camp Early Start program.  The Resident may observe/participate in a variety of specialty clinics and the NICU at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. The Resident may participate in faculty directed research and conduct other projects as established in individual plans with the Residency Director.
      • Teaching Experience: The Resident will be a lab instructor in one or more entry-level DPT courses.
      • Mentoring: The Program Director will meet with the Resident at least 1 hour/month. This time may include direct observation of the Resident, case discussion, or addressing other clinical or program activities or concerns. Residency Clinical Faculty and/or PT Program teaching faculty will directly observe the Resident during patient care at least 2 hours/month. Additional mentoring will occur during intervention throughout each module on a regular basis.
      • Independent Study: Independent Study time is included in the schedule for each module and varies with clinic schedules and other commitments. This time will be used by the Resident for: working on independent or group projects, completing homework for JFK Partners core curriculum courses, attending in-services, or participating in self-directed learning on pertinent topics related to patient care, pediatric physical therapy, healthcare topics, etc.
      • Professional Development: The Resident will have many opportunities to engage in professional development through on-campus Grand Rounds, conferences and workshops co-sponsored by JFK Partners, LEND Webinars, Colorado PSIG journal clubs and meetings and more. The level of engagement in these “extracurricular” experiences will be the decision of the Resident.

      Below are sample schedules for each module. Please be aware that these are not final and may be subject to change to adapt to the Resident or to a site’s schedule or needs. It is assumed that the Resident will have a lunch break around the noon hour every day, though this is not explicitly shown on the weekly sample schedules.

      Sample Weekly Schedules

      Throughout the Residency Program, the Resident will receive mentorship via 1) direct observation of Resident by mentor during patient care (a minimum of 150 hours total) and 2) case discussion and review.  The Residency Director, PCS faculty member(s), and other clinical Residency faculty members will provide these forms of mentorship. 



 Application Process / Information


  • Qualified applicants will need to meet one of the following:
    • Hold a current PT license in the state of Colorado.
    • Be scheduled to take the NPTE no later than July 2016 and agree to seek provisional PT licensure in CO upon graduation.
    • Hold licensure in another state and be willing to apply for licensure by endorsement in Colorado upon accepting the position.
  • Applicants must have graduated from a fully-accredited DPT program in the US or Canada, or be set to graduate by the end of May 2016.
  • All applications for the 2016-17 admission cycle will be submitted through RF-PTCAS (common application system). Applications must be complete and verified in RF-PTCAS by February 1, 2016 to be considered for interview and move forward in the process. To be considered a COMPLETE application, all applicants must:
    • Complete application via RF-PTCAS - Review the RF-PTCAS datasheet for our program. While completing your application via RF-PTCAS, please adhere to all the supplemental application requests related to this residency program.
    • Your RF-PTCAS Application will not be made available to the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Program until after you submit your completed application and pay the RF-PTCAS Application Fee.  Please plan to submit all components of your application well ahead of the due date as RF-PTCAS will need time to process your application and verify transcripts.
    • Pay the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Program Supplemental Application fee
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and only the top 3-4 applicants will be invited to interview onsite on March 11, 2016
  • No incomplete applications will be considered, and interviews must occur in person.



 Contact Information

For more information, please carefully read and review this website.  If you would like additional information, you may contact:

   Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
   13121 E. 17th Ave, C244
   Aurora, CO 80045
   Phone: 303/724-9144
   Fax: 303/724-9016



The University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in pediatrics.


 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I consider applying to a pediatric physical therapy residency program?
A: The purpose of a physical therapy residency program is to significantly advance the knowledge and skill set of a licensed physical therapist who wants to specialize in a specific area of physical therapy. It is not just an opportunity to gain more experience. Therefore, our residency program is intended for those individuals who want to become clinical specialists in pediatric physical therapy.

Q: How long does the University of Colorado Pediatric PT Residency Program take to complete?
A: This residency program is 13-months long beginning on July 1 and ending July 31 the following year.

Q: What do you look for in an ideal applicant?
A: We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills who have the desire to specialize in pediatric physical therapy. Due to the nature of our program, and the need to participate in many clinical settings, successful residents need to be flexible, reliable, hard-working, and able to advocate for themselves and their patients.

Q: How much pediatric experience do I need to be considered for this residency program?
A: Pediatric experience (such as a longer clinical education experience while obtaining your DPT) is recommended though we understand that frequently it is hard to secure pediatric experiences as a student and as a new professional following graduation. Therefore, pediatric experience is not required, but you need to have a clear reason and vision for why you want to pursue a pediatric specialization at this stage of your professional career. You will be given the opportunity to explain why you want to specialize in pediatric PT and complete a residency program in your application to our program.

Q: What kind of supervision and/or mentorship will I receive in this program?
A: It is important to understand that in a residency program, you are no longer a student and do not require direct supervision. Instead, as a licensed physical therapist working towards clinical specialization, you will receive at least 150 hours of mentorship from our clinical mentors in order to help prepare you as a highly qualified provider of patient care services in multiple pediatric clinical practice areas. You are expected to independently manage pediatric patients in a variety of settings, and the clinical mentors will offer guidance and direction through formal and informal mentoring opportunities.

Q: How much does the residency program cost?
A: There is NO tuition cost for Colorado residents. Any participant in the Residency Program who is NOT a Colorado resident, and wants to receive graduate credit, will be required to pay the tuition differential. Otherwise, courses will be taken as a program requirement without graduate credit.

Q: Will I get paid as a Resident?
A: Yes, the Resident is hired as a university employee and pay is based on the NIH pay scale as a DPT. (In 2015-16, salary was ~$43,000/year.) Benefits (health, life, disability) are provided as a full-time employee of the University of Colorado.

Q: How many people typically apply to this program and how many are applicants are accepted?
A: The pool of applicants continues to increase each year as the interest in residency programs continues to grow. Currently, our program is only accepting 1 resident per year.

Q: How many of your past Residents have taken the specialist exam and become Pediatric Certified Specialists?
A: The University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program was credentialed in 2013. To date, our first 2 Resident graduates have both taken and passed the PCS exam to become credentialed Pediatric Clinical Specialists.

Q: When will your application become available?
A: Our application for the 2016-17 University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program will become available through RF-PTCAS (the centralized web-based application) in early fall of 2015. A direct link to the application on RF-PTCAS will be posted on our website when the application cycle becomes available. Please continue to check our website until that time. We also require a supplemental fee in addition to the application and fees through RF-PTCAS.

Q: What happens after I apply?
A: The application deadline is February 1, 2016 for the July 1, 2016 start date. In order to be considered as an applicant, the RF-PTCAS application must be complete and verified , including submission of all additional materials and fees. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and only the top 3-4 applicants will be invited to interview onsite. The onsite interviews will be scheduled for March 2016. An onsite interview is required in order to be considered for the residency. Final decisions will be made in early April, and the selected candidate will be offered admission for the July 1 start date.

Q: Can I be considered if I am currently a DPT student and will not taking the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) until July 2016?
A: As part of our application, you will be asked whether you are currently licensed or when you plan to take the NPTE. The July test date is the latest option for an applicant who is completing their DPT degree during the application cycle. Residents will not be given an independent caseload to manage until licensed in the state of Colorado. A provisional PT license will need to obtained in Colorado during this interim period. The first month of the Residency program includes many activities that are administrative and do not rely on licensure: orientation and training sessions, observing early intervention sessions and patient visits at clinic sites, and beginning the required academic courses through JFK Partners.

Q: Who should I contact if I have any other questions after carefully reviewing the web site?
A: You may contact Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Residency Program Director, at with questions about the program.

For specific questions regarding Resident experiences in this program, you may also contact:
   2011-2012 graduate: Meghan Bawn, PT, DPT, PCS at
   2012-2013 graduate: Emily Hoyt, PT, DPT, PCS at
   2013-2014 graduate: Jim Hedgecock, PT, DPT at
   2014-2015 Resident: Kelsey Miller, PT, DPT at
   2015-2016 Resident: Rhea Hall, PT, DPT at (after July 1, 2015)