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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Frequently Asked Questions


When is the Application deadline?

Completed application forms, all supporting materials (official transcript, letters of recommendation), and the application fee must be received no later than February 1 of each calendar year. Top applicants will be granted an in-person interview in mid-April and notification of acceptance will occur by mid-May. The 12-month program begins on August 1 of each calendar year.

Is the resident a salaried employee with benefits?

Yes, the resident is a salaried position with medical and dental benefits. This wage includes accrual of sick leave, two weeks of vacation, and all state-observed holidays.

What is the class size for the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program?

This year we will only be accepting one resident. This is open to change in future resident classes.

How many years of experience in the physical therapy field should I have before applying to the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program?

We are accepting new licensed graduates, with a committed interest in neurology. We are also accepting therapists with experience who would like to specialize in the treatment of neurologic impairments.

What qualities does an ideal candidate possess?

The ideal candidate will be professional, organized, flexible, independent, and motivated. Candidates should have a solid academic foundation as well as experience with neurologic rehabilitation through clinical affiliations or work experience.

Will I be prepared to take the Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS) exam after I graduate?

Yes, you will be well prepared to sit for the NCS exam.

Where will I practice if I am accepted to the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program?

This is a real strength of our program; you will have the opportunity to see patients across the continuum of care from acute hospitalization to inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient follow-up in a variety of our clinics (e.g. multiple sclerosis, EMG, movement disorders, etc.). You will be part of an interdisciplinary team in all settings. You will also have the opportunity to participate in educating the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Washington.

How much time will I spend treating patients, and how much time in class?

Approximately 80% of your time in the clinic will be spent either seeing patients or receiving one-on-one mentoring from our expert staff. The remaining 20% time will be spent in didactic and teaching activities.

What degree should I hold to apply to the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program?

You should hold a clinical Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors of Science, or Certificate in Physical Therapy from an accredited physical therapy school. You will also need an active Washington state physical therapy license.

How long is the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program?

The program runs twelve months with two weeks off for vacation and observed state holidays.

Is an interview a required part of the application process?

Top applicants will be granted an in-person interview in mid-April.

How does the University of Washington Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program differ from many other residency programs?

We are ranked #4 in the nation for rehabilitation services, and our program offers an extremely diverse patient population. We are a model system for both spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury, and we have patients coming from all over the world for the expert services that we offer here.

In the physical therapy department alone we have over 200 years of hands-on clinical experience in our primary mentors. Our physiatrists are excited and committed to educating our physical therapy residents. Our resident will be attending classes and clinics with the physiatry residents.

Another exciting opportunity is that residents will gain teaching experience at the doctoral level in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington. The resident will also have an opportunity to expose themselves to the myriad of research that takes place at the University of Washington.

Who can I contact for more information or to get an application?

The application is available online. If you have further questions, please contact us.

To learn more about the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program at the University of Washington, please explore the links below:

DPT Application Deadline

The deadline to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is December 15th of each calendar year.


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