Pediatric PT Residency

The Virginia Commonwealth University

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program


 2021-2022 residency year

Advance to the next phase of your professional career by participating in the Virginia Commonwealth University Pediatric Residency Program. Primary practice settings include VCU Health Pediatric Acute Care and Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU Outpatient and Specialty Clinics. Affiliated clinical sites provide additional clinical exposures to Early Intervention, School System and Inpatient Rehabilitation practice settings. 


Program Mission

The mission of the Virginia Commonwealth University Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is to provide licensed physical therapists a pathway to achieve pediatric specialization. Program graduates will be professional leaders contributing to society by providing culturally-sensitive, family-centered care; facilitating high value health related outcomes; and actively participating in evidence based practice, community engagement, teaching, and research.

Program Description

This 12 month program provides opportunities for the resident to gain experience with a diverse and complex patient population by providing direct clinical practice hours and/or clinical observation in the 5 practice settings of acute care, outpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, and the school system.


Residents will have mentored teaching responsibilities and exposure to research activities at VCU College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy


The curriculum will include enrolment of the resident in the Va-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va – LEND) graduate program with an option to enroll in a Post–Baccalaureate certificate upon successful completion of study.


The program is composed of blocks that group educational and clinical components and are threaded throughout the resident experience.

BLOCKS  Sample Schedule


Direct Pt Care: Primary Patient Care Rotation

  • Acute Care
  • Outpatient

6 months

28 hours per week = 728 hours

Inclusive of 2 to 3 hours mentored activity per week

Direct Pt Care: Primary Patient Care Rotation

6 months

28 hours per week = 728 hours

Inclusive of 2 to 3 hours mentored activity per week

Direct Pt Care: Secondary Site

  • Early Intervention
  • Outpatient


4 to 5hrs per for 26 weeks = between 104 to 130 hours

inclusive of 1 hour mentored activity per week



Affiliated Clinical Sites: Observation and

Setting Specific Assignments

  • Inpatient Rehab
  • School System

150 hours

Community Engagement

32 hours

Didactic Work

  • Va-LEND : up to 300 hours
  • Instructional Methods Module : 30hours
  • Journal Club/Case Presentations / Grand Rounds: 26 hours

356 hours


  • Teaching Assistant activities in DPT program
  • Participation in research initiative
  • In-services / Presentations/Self study


84 hours


2182 to 2208 HOURS


Eligibility for Admission

  • Graduate from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Licensed as a physical therapist (or eligible) in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • US Citizen (required to participate in federally funded LEND program)
  • Member of APTA and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the APTA
  • Strong professional interest in pediatric population, experience working with children, and express a desire to become a Pediatric Clinical Specialist.
  • Recent graduates (practicing less than 1 year) applying to the pediatric residency must
    • have completed a >= 8 week pediatric clinical placement
    • include a recommendation from their clinical instructor
    • have evidence of practice at “entry level” on their clinical performance evaluation  

Application Deadline: 12/30/2020

How to Apply:

RF PTCAS Application Requirements: The applicant can access the application through the following site:


  • Application deadline: December 30, 2020
  • Internal application reviews: January 4 – January 8, 2021
  • Phone interviews: January 25- January 29, 2021
  • Onsite interviews: February 21, 2021
  • Offers extended: Week of March 9, 2021
  • Start date: July 26, 2021

Program Director:

Terry Solano PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy (