Pediatric PT Residency

The Virginia Commonwealth University

Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program


 2024-2025 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. Residents are enrolled in the Virginia Leadership Education in
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (Va-LEND)



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 12.5 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) program.

The program is composed of blocks that group educational and clinical components and are threaded throughout the resident experience. Total Program Hours = 2198 to 2208 hrs. 



Direct Pt Care: Primary Patient Care Rotation

  • Acute Care
  • Outpatient

6 months 28 hours per week = 728 hours for each location

Inclusive of 2 to 3 formal mentoring sessions per week

Direct Pt Care: Secondary Site

  • Early Intervention 

Approx. 5 hours per week for 6 months = 120 to 130 hours

formal mentorship sessions provided

Affiliated Clinical Sites: Observation and Setting Specific Assignments

  • Inpatient Rehab
  • School System

150 hours

(min 75 hours per setting)

Community Engagement

32 hours

Didactic Work

  • Va-LEND : 300 hours
  • Instructional Methods Module : 30hours
  • Journal Club/Case Presentations /APTA-Peds RF Consortium Webinars: approx. 26 hours

356 hours


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


84 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  

How to Apply:

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


  • Application deadline: December 31, 2023
  • Internal application reviews: January 8-12, 2024
  • First Round interviews: January 22-26, 2024
  • Second Round interviews: February 23, 2024
  • Offers extended: Week of March 4, 2024
  • Start date: August 5, 2024

Program Director: 

Chad Taylor, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Virginia Commonwealth University,

Supplemental Application Fee

  • There is an additional application fee of $100.  Please pay using the link below.

Program Director

Chad Taylor, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS -- Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University

 Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Chad joined VCU Sports Medicine in 2015. Chad enjoys working with all athletes, particularly those with injuries of the lower extremity and shoulder. He also performs biomechanical foot evaluations and casts patients for custom orthotics. He has a history of working with young adolescents up to professional athletes.

Chad holds the distinction of being a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Chad is also a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Training Association, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chad is an assistant professor in the VCU Department of Physical Therapy where he teaches courses in musculoskeletal physical therapy. Chad serves as the Director of the VCU Sports Residency program. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Sports Section.

Chad received his undergraduate degree in 1998 from the College of William and Mary. He earned his MSPT in 2001 and his DPT in 2007 from VCU.


Residency Coordinator

Ryan Lockwood, PT, MSPT, CSCS (

Ryan Lockwood, PT, MSPT, CSCS is a Physical Therapist and clinic manager at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHOR), Fredericksburg Therapy Center.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA and has also completed certification in Pediatric Vestibular Rehab Competency from the APTA.  Ryan graduated from Ithaca College in 1998 with a master’s degree in physical therapy and has spent his entire career in outpatient pediatrics.  Ryan has worked for CHOR since 2003.  Ryan has special interests and training in car seats, concussion, pediatric sport rehab/injury prevention, gait training/rehab, equipment, casting and orthotics/splinting.  Ryan assisted with the development and planning of the pediatric residency, has been a mentor within the program, and is now the coordinator of the pediatric residency since 2021.  Ryan assists with some teaching of pediatric course content in the VCU Department of Physical Therapy.  Ryan is a member of the APTA, American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and Virginia Physical Therapy Association.



Acute/Inpatient- Jenny Resetar, Katie Shearon, Cathy Van Drew, Shaaron Brown

Outpatient- Michelle Froede, Aileen Jones, Lucille O’Neil

Early Intervention- Katie Drummond, Traci Morse

VCU Pediatric Residency Program Graduate Outcomes

The VCU Pediatric PT Residency accepted the first residents in 2019.

VCU Pediatric PT Residency Outcomes

  • Total # of Residents


  • Current Residents in the program


  • Total # of Graduates


  • Specialist Exam Candidates


  • Specialty Exam Pass Rate

100% (5/5)