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Orthopedic PT Residency Program

The orthopedic physical therapy residency program at Creighton University is a fast-paced, high-energy, clinical immersion experience designed to kick start your professional career and fast track you to clinical specialization. Our residency year is designed to bring you along from a new practitioner to a more confident clinician who is ready to take on a challenging clinical environment.

You will receive quality clinical mentorship and advanced didactic instruction from experienced faculty to help you begin to develop expertise in the practice of orthopedic physical therapy.

Mission and Goals

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

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

ii. 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 orthopedic practice.

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

iv. The resident will successfully complete 2 live patient practical examinations, one written examination, and one technique exam during the residency.

v. The resident will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the Orthopaedic Specialty Exam.

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

vii. 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 ABPTS specialty exam in Orthopaedics

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***2020-2021 Residents deferred due to pandemic

Successful completion rate of Creighton University Orthopedic Residency Program


***2020-2021 Residents deferred due to pandemic


We are a full-time, 12-month clinical residency with didactic curriculum at Creighton University and clinical practice at facilities in Omaha.

Sample Schedule

View a sample weekly schedule (PDF).

Learning Experiences

  • Advanced didactic instruction in orthopedic physical therapy, including specific OCS exam prep
  • 30 hours of clinical practice per week with one of our clinical partners, including regular mentoring from clinical faculty
  • Weekly “Common Curriculum” seminars with other specialties and professions at Creighton, including neurologic PT, pediatric PT, geriatric PT, women’s health PT, and OT fellows
  • Teaching experiences with DPT students in musculoskeletal PT classes and laboratories
  • Quarterly written narratives, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Case presentations, with feedback from peers and faculty
  • Scholarship project, with guidance from an academic or clinical faculty member

Hear from Orthopedic PT Residents

Matt Franco, BS'14, PT, DPT'17

Hear from Orthopedic PT Residents

Jessica Stoner, BS'14, PT, DPT'17

Contact Information

Kimberly Beran-Shepler PT, DPT, OCS
Residency Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University


ABPTRFE Accredited Program

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The Creighton University Orthopedic 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 orthopedics.