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Pediatric PT Residency Program

As a resident in the pediatric physical therapy residency program at Creighton University, you’ll be part of an innovative, intense and engaging educational program.

You’ll be immersed in clinical practice across various practice settings (outpatient, acute care including NICU, home health & natural environment, school-based, inpatient rehabilitation, and an opportunity to participate in the Dominican Republic) to facilitate clinical reasoning skills through mentorship. The program is designed to advance your knowledge and skills in pediatric physical therapy and fast-track you to clinical specialization.

Our residency year will help you advance your skills to become a more confident, evidence-based practitioner who is ready to take on a challenging clinical environment and future leadership positions as well as clinical specialization. Faculty provide outstanding mentorship and advanced didactic instruction to help you begin to develop expertise in the practice of pediatric physical therapy. 

Program Highlights

  • Employment through Creighton University starting early August and ending in late July of the following year.
  • Clinical practice experiences across the continuum of care (NICU, outpatient, school-based & early intervention, and inpatient rehabilitation) with three (3) hours of 1:1 mentoring per week.
  • Participation in a unique Common Curriculum that is inter-professional (OT and PT) and inter-specialty (orthopedics, neurologic, geriatric, women’s health).
  • Lecture, laboratory and clinical teaching opportunities with mentorship by experienced resident faculty. 
  • Engagement with other residents (orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, and women’s health) and the pediatric occupational therapy fellow.
  • Opportunities to participate in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy through critical appraisal topic related to the Academy’s journal club.
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical specialist exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Learn more in the pediatric physical therapy residency brochure.

See also general benefits for PT residents.

Curriculum

  • The pediatric physical therapy residency is a clinical residency program based in an academic physical therapy department, using one course with multiple teaching methods for the didactic curriculum. In this innovative curricular model, a “common core curriculum” engages all residents across multiple specialty programs (geriatric, orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, women’s health) in curricular modules.
  • Additionally, the resident participates in an interprofessional pediatric curriculum with occupational therapy fellows.
  • Lastly, a pediatric physical therapy residency specific curriculum provides advanced content in areas not covered in the common core or the IPE pediatric curriculum.

 Common Core Curricular Modules (Examples)

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Medical imaging
  • Foundations of teaching
  • Evidence-based practice

Interprofessional Pediatric Modules (Examples)

  • Co-treat models
  • Feeding/swallowing
  • Austim spectrum disorders
  • NICU
  • The resident is a primary laboratory assistant in the entry-level related pediatric laboratories across the three semesters of the DPT program.
  • The resident also provides lecture content in specific pediatric clinical practice areas
  • The resident serves as a clinical instructor to entry-level physical therapy students in the Dominican Republic experience in a pediatric setting (this is an optional experience)

Resident requirements include submission of a poster/platform presentation to a conference (local, state, regional or national) OR submission of a manuscript to a journal.

Mission and Goals

The mission is to develop graduates who will advance pediatric physical therapy practice through demonstration of excellent clinical reasoning and clinical teaching skills, dedication to patient advocacy and service, and leadership in the profession. Program faculty, mentors, and residents will excel in managing the uncertainty and complexity of clinical practice, utilizing technology to advance patient care, and demonstrating clinical innovation in practice. The program prepares its graduates to become recognized specialists and leaders in pediatric physical therapy practice.

  • Discuss and apply foundational, behavioral, and clinical sciences and critical inquiry principles related to advanced clinical practice.
  • 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 pediatric practice.
  • Demonstrate “proficient” clinical reasoning skills necessary for advanced clinical practice.
  • Provide effective teaching/communication to patients, peers, and students.
  • Demonstrate skills of leadership or service at the local, state, or national level to optimally serve children and their families.
  • Demonstrate skills of advocacy at the local, state, or national level to optimally serve children and their families.

First-Time Pass Rates on the PCS Exam

Year Non-Resident Resident Creighton Resident
2020 80% 96% 100%
2019 71% 92% 100%
2018 74% 100% 100%
2017 72% 92% 100%
2016 73% 77% 100%

Residency Completion Rates

Year Completion Rate
2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016 100%

Hear from a Pediatric Resident

Landon Pillsbury, PT, DPT

Clinical Partners

Contact Information

Jennifer Furze, PT, DPT, PCS
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

jfurze@creighton.edu

402.280.4835

ABPTRFE Accredited Program

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The Creighton University Pediatric 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 pediatrics.