Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Admissions
Learn about the application requirements, process, timeline, and financial support for the program.

Applications are Open!

We are now accepting applications for the Orthopedic PT Residency!  Applicants can apply through RF-PTCAS for the Fall 2024 start term.  The deadline is February 15, 2024.

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Admissions Requirements

Degree, Licensure Requirements

  • Graduate of a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program or currently enrolled and in good standing in a DPT program with expected graduation date by June (or the deadline to sit for the NPTE in July)
  • Proof of licensure or Physical Therapy Licensed Applicant (PTLA) status by the Physical Therapy Board of California by program start date.
  • If the applicant is a PTLA, he or she must complete the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) within 90 days of being granted PTLA status by the PT Board of California per the California Physical Therapy Practice Act, Section 2655.93.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of reference are required. Two should be from physical therapists who personally know the applicant and his/her abilities, and one letter should be a previous course instructor or academician, who may or may not be a physical therapist.

Additional Requirements


Application Process and Timeline

Application Timeline

  • October 1: Applications open for Fall 2024
  • February 15: Deadline to apply for Fall 2024
  • February/March: Applications reviewed
  • March: Selected applicants invited for interviews

Three-Part Process

Our application process consists of three parts:
1.    Application in the centralized application service RF-PTCAS
2.    Interview Process
3.    Application Status

UCSF Application

Your application should include your CV, a personal statement, three letters of reference, and your graduate academic transcripts.
Your CV should highlight:
•    Academic history (undergraduate, graduate, or professional institutions attended or currently attending)
•    Continuing education courses. Please include: name of course, name of course instructor/sponsoring organization, approximate number of contact hours, date of completion.
•    Clinical experience (PT clinical experiences/internships, professional employment history, research, volunteer work, teaching and professional presenting experience, research)
•    Honors or awards
•    Licenses. Please indicate if you currently have PTLA status.
•    Residency or fellowships
•    Credentials or certifications (ABPTS certifications, APTA credentialed instructor, ATC, etc.)
•    Professional memberships

Interview Process

  •  Selected applicants will be invited for an interview, typically in March.
  • The interview is a required part of the application process. If you decline our invitation or do not RSVP by the specified deadline, your application will be canceled and you will not be considered for admission.
  • All applicants are notified of their interview invitation by email.

Application Status