Physical Therapy Residency

  • About the Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency

    The Physical Therapy Department Pediatric Residency is an APTA-credentialed post-professional clinical and didactic education program designed to significantly advance the physical therapist resident's preparation as a practitioner of choice in the field of pediatric physical therapy. It combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentoring with a scientific basis for advanced practice. At the end of the experience, the resident will be academically and clinically prepared to sit for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Pediatric Certified Specialist  examination.

    The mission of the Children Hospital of Philadelphia's Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency Program is to create practitioners of choice who are specialists in the field of pediatric physical therapy. The Residency Program will develop expert clinicians with advanced skills in critical and innovative thinking as well as patient-centered, evidence-based, and autonomous practice. Graduates will exemplify professionalism, compassion, accountability, altruism, integrity, ethical conduct, and social responsibility and will contribute to the profession and to healthcare through their leadership, clinical excellence, teaching, consultative activities, and active pursuit of research and lifelong learning.

    Graduates of the CHOP Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinical Residency program will:

    • Demonstrate the ability to provide state of the art, evidence-based, family centered, culturally sensitive patient care
    • Possess advanced skills in clinical decision making and critical inquiry
    • Deliver clinical excellence and demonstrate broad expertise in all areas of pediatric physical therapy
    • Exhibit professional skills necessary to be an effective leader in pediatric physical therapy
    • Serve as a resource for pediatric professional community
    • Effectively educate colleagues and physical therapy students in the area of pediatric physical therapy
    • Be academically and clinically prepared to pass the pediatric clinical specialist certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
    • Demonstrate professional core values and growth through mentorship, continuing education, and clinical and academic lifelong learning
    • Be recognized as a practitioner of choice in field of pediatric healthcare
  • How to apply

    Interested applicants with at least one year of experience as a licensed physical therapist with at least 6 months in pediatrics, or new professionals with at least 6 months pediatric clinical education experience may apply. Please see the application materials below. Application deadline for the July 2016 – June 2017 program year is Dec. 31, 2015.  Interviews will be completed in February and March of 2016. All applications should be emailed or mailed to:

    Stacey DiBiaso Caviston, PT, DPT, PCS
    Clinical Practice Coordinator
    Center Coordinator for Clinical Education
    Physical Therapy Department
    2nd Floor CSH Room 210
    Mail Stop: C02-1130
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    34th Street and Civic Center Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Phone: 215-590-3657

    Application materials

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Reviewed on December 29, 2015