Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

The University of Missouri Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program provides post-professional clinical and didactic education.

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Through ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry, you will improve your clinical practice and decision-making. The program stresses the acquisition of current best-evidence as well as leading-edge psychomotor skills to make you a specialist in the area of neurologic physical therapy.

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To improve the lives of patients affected by neurologic disease by developing expert neurologic physical therapists via advanced teaching, research, and clinical experience, and offering a post-professional residency program maintained through ongoing continuous improvement.

Program Goals

  • Support the mission of the sponsoring organization
  • Obtain and maintain ABPTRFE accreditation
  • Provide residents with high quality, consistent experience at all clinic locations
  • Have a sustainable program
  • Provide exceptional training to assist the residents in obtaining the knowledge, skills, and affective behaviors of a Neurologic Clinical Specialist.
  • In two years following graduation, graduates will demonstrate continued growth in the profession.

Meet our faculty

Training Sites

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Education Experiences

  • Multi-disciplinary clinics
    • Dizzy clinic
    • ALS clinic
    • Parkinson’s disease clinic
    • Botox clinic
    • Muscular dystrophy clinic
    • Return stroke clinic
  • Research project with physical therapy faculty
  • Teaching Experiences
    • Clinical instructor at Physzou pro bono clinic
    • Teaching Assistant for Neuro Course for University of Missouri Physical Therapy Program
  • PM&R grand rounds
  • Journal club
  • Shadowing at Mizzou Therapy Services' Children's Therapy Center

Clinic Structure

  • Thirty-two (32) direct patient care hours
  • Eight (8) hours per week to work on residency coursework, research and teaching experiences
  • Students will rotate between outpatient neuro (23 weeks), acute care (23 weeks) and inpatient rehabilitation (six weeks)

Education Structure

  • More than 200 hours of direct 1:1 clinical mentorship
  • More than 100 hours of direct observation of clinical mentor evaluating and treating or 1:1 education
  • More than 100 hours of resident leading patient care with clinical mentor
  • Two live patient initial evaluation examinations (one acute care, one outpatient neuro)
  • Live face-to-face didactic curriculum


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How to Apply

The first step to apply to the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency is to apply for a resident position through PTCAS. If you are interested, you can find application information here:


Application cycle opens October 1 and closes December 31.

The resident position is salaried and benefit eligible. Learn more.

Start date: Last Monday in July

After acceptance into the resident position, we will assist you in applying for the resident employment position through University of Missouri Health Care.

ABPTRFE has granted University of Missouri Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must have successfully completed a CAPTE-accredited professional physical therapy curriculum or have had a state physical therapy board approve the applicant’s first post-professional physical therapy program as “equivalent” to a U.S. CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program.
  • All applicants must provide a copy of a current and valid license to practice physical therapy in Missouri or a state that is part of the PT Compact.  This license must be in good standing.
  • All residents must have current CPR certification.
  • Submit official PT school transcripts
  • Be an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and of the Neurology section
  • Submit curriculum vitae or resume
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Include a written essay on why the resident is pursuing a Neurologic Residency.
  • The resident must intend to sit for the exam to become a Board Certified Neurologic Physical Therapist.