Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Cultivating excellence and advanced clinical skills

Clinical orthopedic physical therapy training

Prisma Health’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a clinical residency program that is offered by Physical Therapy Specialists, a multi-site clinic with a majority of clinicians who have advanced training in physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Our residency is a 12-month program with 30 hours of clinical practice and 10 hours of didactic learning experiences including lectures, labs, one-on-one training, self-paced learning modules, and providing instruction at the University of South Carolina’s physical therapy program. Residents are paid as full-time employees of Prisma Health and are eligible for benefits provided to all employees. The residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).


What is a clinical residency?

According to the ABPTRFE:

“Residency programs are post-professional programs that occur after the graduate physical therapist has obtained their license to practice. Residency programs in physical therapy may be clinical programs that advance a physical therapists knowledge and skills in patient/client management, or nonclinical focusing on advancing a physical therapist's career outside of their clinical duties.”

What are the benefits of a residency program?
  • Completion of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency program is one of the ways an individual can qualify to sit for the specialist certification exam
  • 20–40 percent higher chance of passing the specialty exam the first time versus those who did not complete a residency.
  • One-on-one mentoring from a board certified orthopedic physical therapy clinical specialist and fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT).
  • Improve marketability as a clinician.
  • Learn advanced and innovative clinical skills, improve clinical reasoning and analysis, and become a leader in the field of orthopedic physical therapy.
Why choose Prisma Health’s residency program?

Palmetto Health Physical Orthopedic Therapy Residency ProgramThe mission of the Prisma Health Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program is to cultivate excellence in residents by imparting advanced clinical skills and training through the utilization of didactic learning and by modeling clinical expertise, advanced clinical decision-making, integration of evidence, and the use of innovative interventions that provide patients with superior care and outcomes.

The residency is offered by Physical Therapy Specialists, a hospital-based outpatient clinic with multiple sites that is part of the Prisma Health system.  The clinic offers:

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy services.
  • Nine sub-specialties and specialty programs including neuroscience, post-concussion, women’s health, fall prevention and cancer rehabilitation. 
  • Five orthopedic, three geriatric, and one neurological clinical specialists in addition to five AAOMPT fellows.
  • Two full-time professors and four associated instructional/adjunct faculty members with the University of South Carolina Physical Therapy Program.

The residency program offers a comprehensive curriculum, which meets the minimum required hours of 1,800 total program hours including 300 educational/instructional hours, 1,500 patient care/clinic hours that includes 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring throughout the course of the program.

Contact us and apply

For additional information about our program or the application process, please contact:

Kevin Tyer, DPT Email »

View our program brochure (PDF)

About Physical Therapy Specialists

At Physical Therapy Specialists, we provide advanced physical, occupational and speech therapy through specialty teams and programs for Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands of South Carolina. We offer specialized care that is backed by advanced specialty certifications and the vast experience of our teams.

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