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Physical Therapy Residency

Pediatric Rehabilitation Residency

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency 12-month program prepares residents for ABPTS board certification in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Mission of the residency

Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt mentors the professional development and advanced clinical training of pediatric physical therapists in an inter-professional environment.

Residents prepare to serve as leaders in the field of pediatric physical therapy, demonstrating exceptional clinical skills and reasoning guided by current evidence, social responsibility, and compassion. Residents develop the knowledge and skills to serve as educators, consultants and clinical researchers.

The Pediatric Residency provides diverse didactic education opportunities within the Vanderbilt and Belmont University systems, as well as attendance at the Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatrics and other external continuing education courses, seminars, and webinars.

Residents deliver direct clinical care approximately 28 to 30 hours per week rotating through our outpatient physical therapy clinic, inpatient/critical care, specialty clinics, and a developmental preschool.


The Pediatric Residency curriculum includes

  • LEND training through the Vanderbilt LEND program
  • Participation in specialty clinics, grand rounds and other educational programming at Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities
  • Assisting as a lab instructor in the Belmont University Physical Therapy Program
  • Participation in webinars and continuing education courses. Belmont University funds the resident’s tuition for the Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatrics Course and one other continuing education course (up to $1,000 total).  
  • Participation in clinical research

Other program features include

  • Service as a fellow in the Vanderbilt University LEND program
  • Participation in a clinical research project
  • Teaching opportunities in Belmont University School of Physical Therapy in the Pediatric content areas of the entry level DPT curriculum
  • One-on-one clinical mentoring a minimum of three hours weekly

The American Physical Therapy Association accredits the program as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Pediatrics.

Additional information


American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education:

Belmont University Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

If you have questions regarding the application please contact Laura Flynn PT, PCS at

Last Edited: June 23, 2017
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