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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Physical Therapists work with a patient.


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
    • Botox clinic
    • Muscular dystrophy clinic
    • Return stroke clinic
  • Research project with physical therapy faculty
  • Teaching Experiences
  • PM&R grand rounds
  • Journal club
  • Shadowing at Mizzou Therapy Services' Children's Therapy Center

Clinic Structure

  • Thirty-two (32) direct patient care hours/week
  • Eight (8) hours per week to work on residency coursework, research and teaching experiences
  • Students will rotate between outpatient neuro (27 weeks), acute care (13.5 weeks) and inpatient rehabilitation (13.5 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
  • Four live patient initial evaluation examinations (one baseline, one acute care, one inpatient rehab, and one outpatient neuro)
  • Live face-to-face didactic curriculum


  • Residency Completion Rate: Coming August 2022
  • First Time Pass Rate on NCS Exam: Coming July 2023

How to Apply

The University of Missouri Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency enrolls two residents per year. 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: Second 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.

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.