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PT Residency Program Benefits

PT Residency Benefits and Highlights

  • 12-month program running from the beginning of August through the end of July
  • Salaried employee of Creighton University with eligibility for health benefits
  • NO tuition fees
  • Professional development funds available
  • Paid time off
  • Exposure to a unique common curriculum with other PT residents and OT fellows
  • Certification through the APTA Basic Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course
  • Encouragement to attend local and national conferences, such as APTA Combined Sections Meeting
  • Mentorship from experienced clinicians who engage in ongoing training for effective clinical teaching
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the clinical specialist exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

The Creighton Difference

Faculty Expertise

Creighton University’s core physical therapy faculty include 11 board-certified clinical specialists in the areas of geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, women’s health and wound care. Nine PhD faculty contribute expertise and mentorship in a variety of research areas. Multiple workgroups from within the faculty consistently engage in educational research exploring the teaching and learning process, particularly in clinical reasoning, across the continuum of PT education. This contributes to a culture that values developing excellent educators at the faculty and resident level. This diverse faculty contributes to the Common Core Curriculum, in which all residents participate and provide mentorship on teaching and research based upon content expertise.

Creighton University’s contributed service faculty are clinical mentors who significantly impact the teaching and learning process in the clinical practice environment.  They have demonstrated expertise in their areas of clinical practice and participate in ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance their skills as a clinical educator. Contributed service faculty are highly involved in specialty specific curriculum and facilitating clinical learning opportunities.

Curricular Innovation: Interprofessional Common Core

Physical therapy residents and occupational therapy fellows come together to engage in learning around topics that span across specialty areas and professions through an interprofessional common core curriculum. This unique curriculum allows for a two-phase model of delivery, in which content knowledge on the topic is delivered in the first phase and application to specialty clinical practice is facilitated during the second phase. A community of residents and fellows develops through engagement in reflective practice and collaborative care. Case studies and clinical narratives are among the many opportunities to engage with other residents and fellows.

Foundations in Clinical Reasoning

The physical therapy residency programs are an integral part of the Department of Physical Therapy’s strategic plan to develop educational programs with a scientifically grounded clinical reasoning paradigm, which is foundational to the practice of physical therapy. Residents are not only provided a sound base for clinical reasoning through their didactic curriculum, but they receive mentorship by clinical educators who are trained to facilitate the clinical reasoning process. Residents also receive mentorship and training on how to facilitate clinical reasoning in the students they engage in the classroom and laboratory environments.

There is strong and consistent faculty engagement in educational research exploring the teaching and learning process around the development of clinical reasoning skills for physical therapists. This places Creighton’s residents in a learning environment where clinical reasoning is valued as a key component for advancing practitioners towards expert practice.

Leadership & Scholarship

Faculty, residents and program graduates engage in local, state and national professional service and scholarship opportunities including:

  • More than 20 session presentations by our faculty at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting 2018.
  • Creighton University hosted and participated in the development of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education’s “Clinical Reasoning Symposium” in July 2017 bringing great minds together to advance clinical reasoning for entry level students and residents.
  • National leadership: 7 faculty hold national positions related directly to their areas of specialty practice or residency education.
  • The 2016 Stanford Award for the most influential educational idea published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education was awarded to 7 Creighton faculty for their 2 articles published on clinical reasoning.
    • Furze J, Black L, Hoffman J, Barr JB, Cochran T, Jensen G. Exploration of Students’ Clinical Reasoning Development in Entry-Level Physical Therapy Education. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2015; 29(3):22-33.
    • Furze J, Black L, Cochran T, Gale J, Jensen G. Clinical Reasoning: Development of a Grading Rubric for Student Assessment. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2015; 29(3): 34-45.