Pediatric Residency

Pediatric PT Residency Program

As a resident in the pediatric physical therapy residency program at Creighton University, you’ll be part of an innovative, intense and engaging educational program.

You’ll be immersed in clinical practice across various practice settings (outpatient, acute care including NICU, home health & natural environment, school-based, inpatient rehabilitation, and an opportunity to participate in the Dominican Republic) to facilitate clinical reasoning skills through mentorship. The program is designed to advance your knowledge and skills in pediatric physical therapy and fast-track you to clinical specialization.

Our residency year will help you advance your skills to become a more confident, evidence-based practitioner who is ready to take on a challenging clinical environment and future leadership positions as well as clinical specialization. Faculty provide outstanding mentorship and advanced didactic instruction to help you begin to develop expertise in the practice of pediatric physical therapy. 

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 (NICU, outpatient, school-based & early intervention, and inpatient rehabilitation) with three (3) hours of 1:1 mentoring per week.
  • Participation in a unique Common Curriculum that is inter-professional (OT and PT) and inter-specialty (orthopedics, neurologic, geriatric, women’s health).
  • Lecture, laboratory and clinical teaching opportunities with mentorship by experienced resident faculty. 
  • Engagement with other residents (orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, and women’s health) and the pediatric occupational therapy fellow.
  • Opportunities to participate in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy through critical appraisal topic related to the Academy’s journal club.
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical specialist exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Learn more in the pediatric physical therapy residency brochure.

See also general benefits for PT residents.

Curriculum

View a sample weekly schedule (PDF).

Didactic Curriculum

  • 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. In this innovative curricular model, a “common core curriculum” engages all residents across multiple specialty programs (geriatric, orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, women’s health) in curricular modules.
  • Additionally, the resident participates in an interprofessional pediatric curriculum with occupational therapy fellows.
  • Lastly, a pediatric physical therapy residency specific curriculum provides advanced content in areas not covered in the common core or the IPE pediatric curriculum.

 Common Core Curricular Modules (Examples)

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Medical imaging
  • Foundations of teaching
  • Evidence-based practice

Interprofessional Pediatric Modules (Examples)

  • Co-treat models
  • Feeding/swallowing
  • Austim spectrum disorders
  • NICU

Teaching Opportunities

  • The resident is a primary laboratory assistant in the entry-level related pediatric laboratories across the three semesters of the DPT program.
  • The resident also provides lecture content in specific pediatric clinical practice areas
  • The resident serves as a clinical instructor to entry-level physical therapy students in the Dominican Republic experience in a pediatric setting (this is an optional experience)

Research Opportunities

Resident requirements include submission of a poster/platform presentation to a conference (local, state, regional or national) OR submission of a manuscript to a journal.

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission is to develop graduates who will advance pediatric physical therapy practice through demonstration of excellent clinical reasoning and clinical teaching skills, dedication to patient advocacy and service, 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. The program prepares its graduates to become recognized specialists and leaders in pediatric physical therapy practice.

Residency Program Outcomes

  • Discuss and apply foundational, behavioral, and clinical sciences and critical inquiry principles related to advanced 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 pediatric practice.
  • Demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice.
  • Provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.
  • Demonstrate skills of leadership or service at the local, state, or national level to optimally serve children and their families.
  • Demonstrate skills of advocacy at the local, state, or national level to optimally serve children and their families.

First-Time Pass Rates on the PCS Exam

yearnon-residentresidentcreighton resident
202080%96%100%
201971%92%100%
201874%100%100%
201772%92%100%
201673%77%100%

Residency Completion Rates

yearCompletion Rate
2020100%
2019100%
2018100%
2017100%
2016100%

Hear from a Pediatric Resident