Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

New York University is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopedic physical therapy.

The first APTA-credentialed program of its kind in the New York-metropolitan area, the Advanced Certificate Clinical Residency program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy is designed so that licensed physical therapists can obtain advanced orthopedic physical therapy knowledge and clinical skills. The program meets a part of the American Physical Therapy Association's Vision 2020 plan, which stresses the increasing need of residency/fellowship education within a doctoring profession.

As the first orthopedic residency program in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area, it includes a didactic component consisting of six courses at a total of 500 hours and a clinical component consisting of 3 internship experiences around 1500 hours  (including patient care, OCS mentorship, case presentations, teaching assistance, and physician contact hours). Courses are scheduled throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer (weekdays and weekends) and focus on advanced anatomy, physiology, pathology, and examination and intervention skills of the musculoskeletal system, as well as evidence-based orthopedic physical therapy. Students complete this program in 12 months.

Graduates will be able to provide specialized care for this rapidly growing patient population and will be prepared to sit for the clinical specialist exam in orthopedic physical therapy. The first class of residents graduated in fall 2011, and those who sat for the rigorous OCS exam passed.

Program Director

 Kevin Weaver, PT, DPT, MA, OCS, CEA, CIE
 Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy 
 Phone: 212-998-9400


The Program resident outcome results for the Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OSC) exam was a 3/4 passing rate, first attempt 2015-2016.

Certification Requirements

Research on state-by-state certification prerequisites is in progress, however, please note:
  • The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification.
  • The Physical Therapy Department is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to the Clinical Residency Program for Orthopedic Physical Therapy program. Please contact Peggy Dadaille ( for additional information.

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