Neurologic Residency

Neurologic PT Residency Program

Kick-start your professional career and get on the fast track to clinical specialization with the neurologic physical therapy residency program at Creighton University. The residency is a fast-paced, high-energy, one-year clinical immersion experience, designed to help you progress from the beginning point of new practitioner to a more confident clinician who is ready to take on a challenging clinical environment.You will receive quality mentorship over your clinical and teaching skills, participate in an advanced didactic curriculum, and engage in scholarship and service opportunities to help you begin to develop expertise in the practice of neurologic physical therapy.

Neurologic Residency Applications are accepted through PT-RFCAS.

Program Highlights

  • Employment through Creighton University starting early August and ending in late July of the following year
  • Clinical practice experiences across the continuum of care (ICU, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient) with 3 hours of 1:1 mentoring per week
  • Participation in a unique Common Curriculum which is interprofessional (OT and PT) and inter-specialty (sports, orthopedics, neurologic, geriatric, women’s health)
  • Lecture, laboratory and clinical teaching opportunities with mentorship by experienced resident faculty
  • PT resident faculty with expertise in neurologic physical therapy
  • Engagement with other residents around the nation during a 10-webinar series and online journal club through Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium
  • Opportunities for exposure to advanced technology
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the neurologic clinical specialist exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

See also general benefits for PT residents.

Curriculum

View a sample weekly schedule.

didactic curriculum

This residency program combines three 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.

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
     

Creighton University Common Core Curriculum

Residents will participate in a common curriculum with PT residents and OT fellows in different specialty areas including orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics and women’s health. 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

Teaching Experience

  • 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. The resident receives mentoring and academic preparation prior to any teaching activities. The resident is supervised and guided by an experienced faculty member.

Research Experience

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.

Mission and Goals

mission

The mission is to develop graduates who will advance neurologic physical therapy practice through demonstration of excellent clinical reasoning and clinical teaching skills, dedication to patient advocacy and leadership in the profession. Program faculty, mentors and residents will excel in managing the uncertainty and complexity of clinical practice, utilizing technology to advance patient care, and demonstrating clinical innovation in practice.

Residency Program Outcomes

  • Discuss and apply foundational, behavioral, and clinical sciences and critical inquiry principles related to advanced neurologic clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate accurate performance of all elements of the patient management model (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) in a variety of practice settings related to advanced neurologic practice.
  • The resident will demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice in neurology.
  • The resident will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Neurologic Specialty Exam.
  • The resident will provide effective teaching and communication to patients, peers, and students.
  • The resident will demonstrate skills of leadership and service at the local, state, or national level to optimally serve people impacted by neurologic health conditions.
  • The resident will demonstrate skills of advocacy at the individual, local, state, or national level to optimally serve people impacted by neurologic health conditions.

First-Time Pass Rates on the NCS Exam

Exam Testing Year

Non-Resident

National Resident

Creighton Neurologic Resident

2016

70%

91%

100%

2017

79%

96.3%

100%

2018

78%

97%

100%

2019

80%

92%

100%

2020

76%

97%

100%

Residency Completion Rates

Year

Completion rate

2016

100%

2017

100%

2018

100%

2019

100%

2020

100%

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