Extensive training for the successful treatment of all types of orthopedic patients


Comprehensive curriculum prepares you to treat a variety of orthopedic patients

A typical week in the Orthopedic PT Residency program includes time in mentored and non-mentored practice, cadaveric and orthopedic lab instruction, graduate course work and other didactic work, including self-study. Residents will earn graduate credits that may be applied toward a graduate degree.

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A dynamic environment for learning

We offer a large, experienced faculty affiliated with one of the best medical centers in the nation. Our program will provide you with hands-on training, extensive mentorship, diverse educational opportunities and the ability to network with a variety of colleagues.

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Complete preparation for board exams

Our accredited program is designed to prepare residents to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. We’re proud of our virtually 100-percent first-time pass rate for all of our residents.

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Our program lasts 17 months, beginning each year in July. With this design, experienced residents mentor new residents during one overlapping term. The residency program is housed within Ohio State Sports Medicine and partners with the Division of Physical Therapy to offer a blended model of clinical, teaching and research experiences. Other educational opportunities include weekly resident/fellow conferences, quarterly grand rounds, orthopedic and family physician shadowing and a biomechanics research lab experience.


The Ohio State University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is designed for residents to:
  • Apply the best available evidence in physical therapy to patient care
  • Demonstrate advanced fundamental knowledge in physical therapy foundations
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in examination and treatment during the care of patients
  • Demonstrate exceptional professional behaviors with clients, patients and their families while working in an interprofessional setting
  • Demonstrate high-level teaching abilities in both academic and clinical settings
  • Achieve exceptional clinical outcomes

Duties and Responsibilities

Orthopedic residents practice at both our Dublin and Ohio State Sports Medicine facilities. On average, residents within this program spend 30 or more hours each week in clinical practice with board-certified mentors and one-on-one mentoring, and teach on a regular basis within the Division of Physical Therapy’s musculoskeletal and cadaveric labs.

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