Residency Programs

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER: DEVELOPING LEADERS AND SPECIALISTS.

PT Residency

Advance your career through our physical therapy residency programs, developed for clinicians who want to become specialists and leaders in the profession.

Develop the advanced skills in clinical practice and teaching you need to prepare for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination process and take the next step toward a successful career.

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Mission Driven, Service Minded

The Creighton University Physical Therapy Residency program is committed to advancing the profession in specialty areas through the practice of value-centered teaching and patient advocacy. The post-professional residency experience offers specialization in orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric and neurologic physical therapy.

As a resident, you will receive mentoring support by clinical and academic faculty throughout the duration of your program. Mentors focus on fostering an environment of excellence and leadership in advancing practice.

A Valued Member of the Creighton Team

Residency programs are 12-month experiences beginning August 1 and ending July 31. The programs include clinical practice, intensive clinical mentoring, didactic learning experiences and teaching opportunities in the specialty area. You’ll have the opportunity to teach specialty content throughout the entry-level curriculum.

As a resident, you’ll be a valued member of our team. You will be a salaried Creighton employee with benefits, and there’s no additional tuition requirement for this experience.

Orthopedic Residency

Gain Post-Professional Clinical Experience in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Prepare for Board Certification.

Graduate with advanced clinical practice and teaching skills and become eligible for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties’ examination process for board certification in orthopedic physical therapy. The Orthopedic Residency program includes clinical practice, clinical mentoring, teaching in the area of orthopedics and opportunities for research and scholarly productivity.

Benefit from a variety of clinical partners who provide clinical practice environments and share their expertise. Partners include CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center and Makovicka Physical Therapy.

Mission Statement

The program is committed to developing resident expertise in advanced orthopedic clinical practice, teaching and service. The program is dedicated to providing focused, ongoing mentorship to prepare residents to become recognized specialists and leaders in orthopedic physical therapy practice.

Residency Goals

  • Excellence in teaching at all levels
  • Excellence in clinical practice through development of clinical expertise and attainment of specialist recognition
  • Service in the community
  • Outstanding access to patients with orthopedic diagnoses and mentors with expertise in orthopedic physical therapy

 

Residency Objectives

  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness with patients, peers and/or students
  • Development of teaching skills in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrate excellent patient care in all specialty practice areas
  • Develop the clinical expertise necessary to achieve specialist certification
  • Engage in regular service activities on a local, national or international level
  • Communicate regularly with mentors serving at all clinical sites to assure both adequate mentoring quality and adequate resident progress
  • Monitor clinical sites used for resident education for adequate access to a variety of patient types

 

Program Details

  • The resident year begins in early August and ends in late July each year.
  • The application process opens in October each year with completed applications due January 27. Selected applicants will be invited to interview onsite in March or early April. Final decisions are made in April of each year. Applicants must show evidence of successful completion or expected completion of a CAPTE-accredited entry-level physical therapy program.
  • Professional licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Nebraska must be obtained and maintained throughout the residency program.
  • The resident is a Creighton University salaried employee with a 12-month appointment in the physical therapy department and receives University benefits.
  • No tuition is required of the resident.
  • Residents complete approximately 24-28 hours per week of clinical practice (usually three full clinical days per week). The remainder of the week is spent at the CU campus engaged in didactic learning and teaching in the entry-level PT program.

 

Download a Sample Weekly Schedule (PDF)

Download our Orthopedic Residency Flier (PDF)

Residents

Robert WillmesRobert Willmes
402.280.5936 ext. 6
robertwillmes@creighton.edu
Elizabth NevarezElizabeth Nevarez
402.280.5936 ext. 3
elizabethnevarez@creighton.edu

Whitley Case
Whitley Case
402.280.5936 ext. 2
whitleycase@creighton.edu

Questions?

Contact:
JB Barr, PT, DPT, OCS
Program Director
jbbarr@creighton.edu
402.280.5691

 

*The Creighton University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.*

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

Pediatric Residency

Gain Post-Professional Clinical Experience in Pediatric Physical Therapy and Prepare for Board Certification

You’ll serve as a primary therapist in outpatient and neonatal intensive care unit settings with rotations through acute care, in-patient rehabilitation and early intervention/school-based therapy. Graduate with advanced clinical practice and teaching skills and prepare for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination process for board certification in pediatric physical therapy.

The 12-month program will provide a post-professional clinical residency experience with exposure to a wide variety of pediatric health conditions across the continuum of care. Your experience will include clinical practice, clinical mentoring, teaching in pediatric content areas and opportunities for research and scholarly productivity.

Mission Statement

The Creighton University Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is committed to preparing physical therapists to optimally serve children and families in their communities with a focus on respect for diversity and the unique abilities of every person. The program provides a novice clinician with mentorship in the areas of pediatric clinical practice, professional communication, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, time management, teaching and community service. The program prepares its graduates to become recognized specialists and leaders in pediatric physical therapy practice.

Residency Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in advanced pediatric practice as evidenced by attainment of pediatric specialist recognition
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching related to pediatric physical therapy
  • Demonstrate excellence in serving the community related to pediatric physical therapy practice
  • Provide outstanding learning experiences to promote the resident’s ability to demonstrate advanced pediatric practice

 

Curriculum Overview

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is a clinical residency program based in an academic physical therapy department, using one course with multiple teaching methods for the didactic curriculum and numerous practice sites/community partners for the clinical curriculum.

Course Objectives

  • Identify knowledge in the following areas: basic science, behavioral science, movement and developmental science, clinical science, physical therapy intervention, communication skills, ethical principles and methods, measurement, critical inquiry principles and methods and administrative principles and methods as they relate to advanced pediatric practice.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethical values, leadership, education, administration, consultation, evidence-based practice and research as it relates to advanced pediatric practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform all elements of the patient management model (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and outcomes) with an emphasis on clinical reasoning as it relates to advanced pediatric practice.

 

Program Details

  • The resident year begins in early August and ends in late July each year.
  • The application process opens in October each year with completed applications due January 27. Selected applicants will be invited to interview onsite in March or early April. Final decisions are made in April of each year. Applicants must show evidence of successful completion or expected completion of a CAPTE-accredited entry-level physical therapy program.
  • Professional licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Nebraska must be obtained and maintained throughout the residency program.
  • The resident is a Creighton University salaried employee with a 12-month appointment in the physical therapy department and receives University benefits.
  • No tuition is required of the resident.

 

Download a Sample Pediatric Weekly Schedule (PDF)

Download the Pediatric Residency Flier (PDF) 

Residents

Jennifer O'LoughlinJennifer O’Loughlin
402.280.5936 ext. 4
Jenniferoloughlin@creighton.edu

Questions?

Contact:

Kelly Nelson, PT, DPT, PCS, CWS
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Director, Creighton Pediatric Therapy
Academic Program Director, Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza, Boyne 103B
Omaha, NE 68178
kellynelson@creighton.edu
402.280.4681

*The Creighton University Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Pediatric Physical Therapy.*

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

Neurologic Residency

Advance Your Career and Neurologic Physical Therapy Practice

As a licensed physical therapist in the Neurologic Residency program, you’ll advance neurologic physical therapy practice by demonstrating excellent clinical reasoning and clinical teaching skills, dedication to patient advocacy and service and leadership in the profession.

Through a focus on mentorship and teaching, residents will possess the skills to effectively manage the uncertainty and complexity of clinical practice. You’ll also advance patient care through use of technology, incorporate evidence-based practice and demonstrate clinical innovation in practice to facilitate the development of clinical expertise.

Gain Advanced Clinical Skills Through a Unique Healthcare Partnership

Our partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) offers a comprehensive residency experience across the continuum of care from trauma-centered care in the intensive care unit to in-patient rehabilitation, and out-patient settings. You will gain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in neurologic physical therapy practice and teaching opportunities to develop your clinical expertise.

 

Questions?

Contact:
Jennifer Furze, PT, DPT, PCS
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
2500 California Plaza, Boyne 158
Omaha, NE 68178
jfurze [at] creighton [dot] edu
402.280.4835

*The Creighton University Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Neurologic Physical Therapy.*​

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

 

 

 

Residents

 
Jennifer Pulscher

 

Jennifer Pulscher
402.280.5936 ext. 5
jennpulscher [at] creighton [dot] edu

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Program Highlights

  • Expert clinical mentors and academic faculty members
  • Emphasis on developing resident’s clinical reasoning process through mentoring both in the clinic and through the didactic curriculum
  • Partnership with Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium to provide part of didactic education by nationally known experts in neurologic physical therapy.
  • Common Core Curriculum collaboratively facilitating the clinical reasoning process of physical therapy residents in orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology, and geriatrics
  • Community engagement opportunities to serve patients with neurologic dysfunction
  • Development of leadership skills and capacity to serve the profession

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Clinical Opportunities

Residents will spend time in clinical practice settings across the continuum of care working with patients with neurologic conditions over a 12 month period of time. During this program, the resident will be exposed to a wide variety of neurologic health conditions including but not limited to balance and vestibular disorders, congenital and acquired conditions of adolescence and adulthood (Cerebrovascular Accident, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury), progressive disorders of the central nervous system (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease), and acute or chronic peripheral neuropathies (Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Post-Polio Syndrome). The resident will be expected to demonstrate all components of the patient management process (physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes). 

Format of Clinical Exposure:
The resident will have experiences in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)/Alegent/Creighton Health facilities.

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Program Details

  • The resident year begins in early August and ends in late July each year.
  • An in person interview will take place in March for selected applicants. Final decisions are made in April of each year. Applicants must show evidence of successful completion or expected completion of a CAPTE-accredited entry-level physical therapy program.
  • Professional licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Nebraska must be obtained and maintained throughout the residency program.
  • The resident is a Creighton University salaried employee with a 12-month appointment in the physical therapy department and receives University benefits.
  • No tuition is required of the resident.

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Didactic Curriculum

This residency program combines 3 components of didactic curriculum in order to develop advanced practitioners and educators in the area of neurologic physical therapy.  This includes didactic components from the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium, Creighton University Common Core Curriculum, and the Creighton University Neurologic Specific Curriculum.  A brief description with examples of each component are listed below.  

  • Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium: A nationally known consortium developed to advance the development of neurologic physical therapy residencies by providing educational opportunities to residents enrolled in neurologic physical therapy residencies.  Residents will interact with other residents from across the country and experts in the field of neurologic physical therapy through 10 webinars and online journal clubs.  See the website for more details.     
    •   Sample Webinars Include           
      • Differential Diagnosis
      • Cerebellar Rehabilitation
      • Locomotor Principles
      • Vestibular Rehabilitation
      • Normal Gait
         
  • Creighton University Common Core Curriculum: Residents will participate in a common curriculum with residents in different specialty areas including orthopedics, pediatrics (PT and OT residents), and geriatrics.   
    • Sample Modules Include
      • Clinical Reasoning
      • Education/Teaching
      • Evidence-Based Practice
      • Exercise and the Brain 
      • Political Advocacy 
      • Motor Control 
         
  • Creighton University Neurologic Specific Curriculum: This curriculum was developed specifically for the neurologic residents to supplement information provided throughout the rest of the residency.
    • Sample Modules Include
      • Outcome Measures
      • Progressive Disorders 
      • Non-progressive Disorders

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Teaching and Research

Teaching:

  • The resident serves primarily as a laboratory assistant in the neuromuscular course sequence (3 courses) with occasional guest lecturing in areas of expertise.
  • The resident is expected to supervise students on course-related experiential opportunities at clinical sites to facilitate teaching skills.  
  • The resident typically spends 4-5 hours per week teaching with the resident receiving mentoring and academic preparation prior to any teaching activities.  The resident is supervised and guided by an experience faculty member.

 

Research:

  • The resident participates in research by creating a case report/study for publication or presenting a relevant topic at a state, regional, or national professional meeting.

 

Creighton University Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency: Resident Goals

  1. The resident will develop advanced knowledge and clinical skills in neurologic physical therapy to improve patient outcomes.
  2. The resident will be able to provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.
  3. The resident will demonstrate professional behaviors, patient advocacy, and leadership related to service to the community and profession at a local, regional, or national level.

Geriatric Residency

Gain a Post-Professional Clinical Residency Experience in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Graduate with advanced clinical practice and teaching skills and eligibility to engage in the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination process for board certification in geriatric physical therapy.

The experience, focused on mentorship and patient care, includes clinical practice, clinical mentoring, academic teaching and involvement in scholarly and professional activities related to geriatric physical therapy. Our clinical partner, Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation, provides the clinical practice environments that span the continuum of care for older adults and mentors with expertise in geriatric physical therapy practice.

Mission Statement

The program is committed to developing specialization in advanced geriatric clinical practice, teaching and advocacy by providing focused, ongoing mentorship in preparation of residents who will become leaders in geriatric physical therapy practice.

Program Goals

  • Exemplify excellence in clinical practice through development of clinical expertise, advancement of clinical reasoning skills and attainment of specialist recognition
  • Use ongoing assessment and education to assure that clinical practice sites utilized for residents provide outstanding access to patients and mentors with expertise in geriatric physical therapy
  • Gain recognition for excellence in teaching
  • Gain recognition for service in the community
  • Earn and maintain credentialing from the American Board of Physical Residency and Fellowship Education for the Geriatric Residency

Program Objectives

  • Provide excellent patient care in their respective specialty practice areas
  • Provide residents learning opportunities with sufficient breadth and depth for developing the clinical expertise and clinical reasoning skills necessary to achieve specialist certification
  • Communicate regularly with residents and provide appropriate guidance to mentors serving at all clinical sites to assure both adequate mentoring quality and adequate resident progress
  • Monitor clinical sites used for resident education for adequate access to a variety of patient types
  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness with patients, peers, residents and/or students
  • Provide residents and mentors multiple opportunities to develop teaching skills in a variety of settings
  • Engage in regular service activities on a local, national or international level

Program Details

  • The residency year begins in early August and ends in late July.
  • The application process opens in October each year with completed applications due January 27. Selected applicants will be invited to interview onsite in March or early April. Final decisions are made in April of each year. Applicants must show evidence of successful completion or expected completion of a CAPTE-accredited entry-level physical therapy program.
  • Professional licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Nebraska must be obtained prior to program initiation, and maintained for the duration of the residency program.
  • The resident will fulfill a 12-month appointment as a salaried (benefits eligible) employee of the Department of Physical Therapy at Creighton University.
  • No tuition is required of the resident.
  • Residents complete approximately 28-30 hours per week of clinical practice (usually three full clinical days per week). The remainder of the week is spent at the CU campus engaged in didactic learning and teaching in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
  • Hillcrest Health Services is the clinical partner for this residency program.


Download a Sample Weekly Schedule for Geriatric Residency (.docx)

Download the Geriatric Residency Flier (PDF)

Residents

Yin YuYin Yu
402.280.5936 ext. 7
yinyu@creighton.edu
Kaitlyn CarrKaitlyn Carr
402.280.5936 ext 1.
kaitlyncarr@creighton.edu

Questions?

Contact:

Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS
Academic Program Director
HeatherKnight@creighton.edu
402.280.4595

Raegan Muller, PT, GCS
Clinical Program Director
rmuller@hillcresthealth.com
402.682.4263

*The Creighton University-Hillcrest Health and Rehabilitation Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Geriatric Physical Therapy.*

ABPTRFE Accredited Program