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Geriatric PT Residency Program

Our clinical partners, Hillcrest Rehab Services and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center- Bergan Mercy, provides the clinical practice environments that span the continuum of care for older adults and mentors with expertise in geriatric physical therapy practice.

Residents have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills in acute care, post-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, outpatient, and home health care, mentored by expert faculty. Additionally, after successfully completing the programs, residents are eligible to engage in the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination process for board certification in geriatric physical therapy.

The 12-month residency program begins August 1 and ends July 31. As a resident, you will be a valued member of our team. You will be a salaried Creighton employee with benefits, and there is no additional tuition requirement for this experience. See additional highlights of being a PT resident.

Learn more in the geriatric physical therapy residency brochure.

Curriculum

  • Advanced didactic instruction in geriatric physical therapy to prepare the resident to be a leader in the field
  • A minimum of 28 hours of clinical practice per week, including regular mentoring from clinical faculty
  • Weekly “Common Curriculum” seminars with other specialties and professions at Creighton, including neurologic PT, pediatric PT, orthopedic PT, women’s health PT, and OT fellows
  • Teaching experiences with DPT students in lectures and Integrated Labs
  • Quarterly written narratives, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Case presentations, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Scholarly project, with guidance from an academic or clinical faculty member

Residents provide patient care at Hillcrest Rehab Services on Mondays and Fridays all day, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Residents are at Creighton on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Residents complete a six-month rotation in post-acute rehab and long term care and a six-month rotation in outpatient and home health care. 

View a Sample Weekly Schedule for Geriatric Residency (PDF)

Mission and Goals

The program is committed to developing specialization in advanced geriatric clinical practice, teaching, and advocacy by providing focused, ongoing mentorship in preparation of residents who will become leaders in geriatric physical therapy practice.

  1. The resident will be able to identify and discuss foundational, behavioral, and clinical sciences and critical inquiry principles related to advanced clinical practice.

  2. The resident will demonstrate accurate performance of all elements of the patient management model (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) in a variety of practice settings related to advanced geriatric practice.

  3. The resident will demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice.

  4. The resident will successfully complete 2 live patient practical examinations and one written examination during the residency.

  5. The resident will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Geriatric Specialty Exam.

  6. The resident will be able to provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.

  7. The resident will demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership related to service to the community and profession at a local and national level, including but not limited to advocacy opportunities.

  • The resident will demonstrate accurate performance of all elements of the patient management model (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) in a variety of practice settings related to advanced geriatric practice.
  • The resident will demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice.
  • The resident will successfully complete 2 live patient practical examinations and one written examination during the residency.
  • The resident will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Geriatric Specialty Exam.
  • The resident will be able to provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.
  • The resident will demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership related to service to the community and profession at a local and national level, including but not limited to advocacy opportunities.

First-Time Pass Rate on Geriatric Specialist

Certification Examination

YearNon-Residency GraduateResidency GraduateCreighton Residency Graduate*
202081%95%100%
201994%100%100%
201894%95%100%
201786%95%100%
201680%94%100%

*For residents that have sat for the Board Certification Examination.

 

5-Year Geriatric Residency Completion Rate

Year5-Year Geriatric Residency Completion Rate
2020100%
2019100%
2018100%
201750%
2016100%

Hear from Geriatric PT Residents

Kelly Lane, PT, DPT'17

Hear from Geriatric PT Residents

Alexandra Piersanti, PT, DPT

Contact Information

Kate Kugler, PT, DPT, NCS
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Residency Program Coordinator
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

katekugler@creighton.edu

402-280-3724

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

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The Creighton University-Hillcrest Geriatric Residency Program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in geriatrics.