RESIDENCY AND FELLOWSHIP GRANTS
The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) is the accreditation body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy.
Accreditation is a process used by APTA to ensure the quality of the education that participants receive in residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-reviewed process that occurs on a regular basis.
Residency or Fellowship?
A common question that comes up when discussing post-professional residency or fellowship programs is “What is the difference?” The American Physical Therapy Association defines each as follows
Residency: A planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapist’s preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice. A sports physical therapy residency program is based on the latest Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) of Sports physical therapy.
Fellowship: 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).
The number of credentialed sports physical therapy residency and fellowship programs continues to grow. Do you qualify to be part of this exciting step in your education and professional growth? Find out today!
Current Residency Sites