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 as a Fellow in the Va-Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va – LEND) graduate program and the resident will be eligible for 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 : 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