Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

In operation since 2009, Texas’ first full-time Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at Harris Health System offers an unparalleled opportunity for professional growth. 

Board-certified and fellowship-trained physical therapists provide intense, one-on-one mentorship within a state-of-the-art clinical facility. Housed within one of the largest teaching organizations in the state, the residency program allows unmatched access and exposure to all healthcare professions, offering unique patient diversity covering the continuum of care of orthopaedic rehabilitation.

If you are looking for an advanced, evidence-based orthopaedic residency with an emphasis on manual therapy we welcome you to explore what Harris Health has to offer.

The mission of Harris Health’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is to prepare practicing physical therapists with advanced patient management skills for a direct access environment. Graduates will be leaders in neuro-musculoskeletal examination, evaluation, diagnosis and intervention. Furthermore, the program seeks to graduate physical therapists who support Harris Health’s mission, vision and values, while also embracing the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision 2020.

The goals of Harris Health’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program are to:
• Be nationally recognized as a leader in residency training in physical therapy,
• Graduate residents who contribute to the profession of physical therapy and the larger healthcare community through leadership, evidence-based practice, teaching and service, and
• Graduate residents who will pursue board certification through American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) upon graduation.

To date, the program has graduated nine therapists with a 100 percent pass rate for graduates who have taken the ABPTS examination. Since the residency program’s inception the applicant pool has continued to grow and represents more than 13 universities throughout the country.

Residents can expect complete immersion into all aspects of orthopaedic care, working side-by-side with board-certified and fellowship-trained clinicians. Residents are constantly challenged to put new knowledge and skills into practice. Residents will get more than 150 hours of one-on-one mentorship along with more than 150 hours of classroom and lab instruction that augments daily practice in a dynamic, evidence-based setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?
Individuals wishing to apply to the Harris Health Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program must:

• Hold an entry-level degree from a CAPTE-accredited school of Physical Therapy
• Have a current or be eligible to obtain a Texas Physical Therapy License

How long is the residency?
The residency program is 12 months in duration.

How much is the tuition?  
There is no tuition cost for the residency program. The resident is a full-time employee of Harris Health System and is paid 78 percent of an entry level staff therapist. Residents also are entitled to a full spectrum of exemplary benefits, including:

• Comprehensive Medical Plan/ HMO and Major Medical
• Dental Insurance
• Vision Plan
• Pre-Tax Flex Accounts
• Basic Life Insurance
• Deferred Compensation Plans
• Professional Liability Insurance

What topics are covered in the residency curriculum?
The residency curriculum covers:

• Foundational Science
• Exercise Prescription
• Research
• Pharmacology
• Imaging
• Cervical and Thoracic Spine
• Upper and Lower Quarter
• Clinical Instruction Certification
• Orthopaedic concepts in neurology patients

Are new graduates considered?
Yes, new graduates are encouraged to apply.

What is the official start date of the program?
The official start date is the Monday before Labor Day each year.

What documents are required in the application packet?
The complete application packet can be found a the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Website.

For more information or to request an application, contact orthoptresidency@harrishealth.org.

For more information, contact:

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Program Manager
Office: 713-873-4628

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