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Residency or Fellowship: What's the Difference?

  • Residency Education is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to significantly advance the physical therapist's preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice. 

  • Fellowship Education is a post-professional, funded, and planned learning experience in a focused area of physical therapist clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-doctoral, post-residency prepared, or board-certified physical therapists).

How the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy Can Help

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy's Board of Directors has deemed educating and supporting the growth of residency and fellowship programs in acute care physical therapy as one of its strategic goals. In an effort to meet this goal, we are happy to provide you with the following information:

The APTA periodically runs courses specific to designing and implementing a residency/fellowship program for facilities and/or developing programs. Taught by instructors and directors of current residency/fellowship programs, these courses may be valuable during both the planning and credentialing processes.

We also believe in providing support to developing acute care residency and fellowship programs as they apply for credentialing through APTA. We have budgeted for a grant for developing residency/fellowship programs in acute care to fund the cost of the credentialing application process. Please contact the office concerning financial support that may be available from the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy.

APTA Residency & Fellowship Information 

Please visit APTA's Residency and Fellowship web page for a complete listing of resources, applications, and details for those interested in finding and applying to a residency or fellowship program, as well as facilities interested in developing a residency or fellowship program.

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