Why a Residency?
In today’s rapidly evolving and competitive health care landscape, residency training is becoming the new career paradigm for physical therapists. Clinical mastery doesn’t happen through self-study, academic course work, or by reading books alone, it happens when working side by side with experienced clinicians and real patients. Our residents grow from generalists to highly skilled clinicians in specialty practice areas, confident in advanced interventions and clinical reasoning to quickly solve complex patient problems.
The residency experience combines opportunities for ongoing mentoring and feedback, including patient practical examinations with a foundation in scientific inquiry, evidence-driven practice, and course work designed to provide a theoretical basis for advanced practice. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Specialist Certification Exam.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Do you want to attain the advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to become a primary care provider, clinical specialist, or consultant? Immerse yourself in our stimulating evidence-based learning environment with online clinical coursework, journal clubs, forum discussions, tutorials, and practice labs. This program is geared to help novice practitioners become efficient, skilled clinical veterans and eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist examination.
The hallmark of the Kaiser experience is the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by some of the most talented residency faculty in the country. These clinicians work side-by-side with you throughout the program to apply a systematic approach to differential diagnosis, intervention, and management skills. Receive mentoring at Kaiser campuses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area or have one of our expert faculty mentor you at your current worksite.
The Residency is one year in length, with six to eight hours of online learning each week, a full 40 hour work week with patient care (either employed at Kaiser or continuing with your current employment), monthly weekend lab sessions and 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring.
- Expand and refine your skills in differential diagnosis and management of patients with dysfunctions of the spine (upper cervical, cervical, thoracic, lumbar), shoulder, and knee complexes. Our curriculum is mapped to the APTA’s Orthopaedic Section Description of Specialty Practice, ensuring you’ll be well-prepared in all aspects of musculoskeletal care.
- Advance your level of practice through evidence-driven clinical reasoning.
- Learn strategies for patient care to integrate components of evidence-based medicine to enhance your climb up the ladder of clinical expertise.
- Receive tailored instruction with immediate feedback from faculty members.
- Continue working while advancing in the field through one-on-one clinical mentoring and online clinical coursework.
- Graduate of an accredited PT program
- Currently licensed or eligible to be licensed in California
- Reside in the program service area while participating in the residency
Tuition & Employment
- Tuition: $5,500
- Employment: Many of our learners find creative ways working both at Kaiser Permanente and in the community to make a living while completing our program. The process of selecting and establishing employment for the Residency should happen in coordination with the Program Director, so communication during all phases is critical. There are three primary options for employment:
1) Apply for one of our Resident employment positions at Kaiser Permanente. There are a limited number of competitive, one-year term positions. You are employed by Kaiser Permanente Rehab Services and reimbursed at a highly competitive rate for new professionals (~$38/hr, plus benefits). The position ends after the Residency, but you are eligible to seek employment elsewhere, including in a regular hire position at Kaiser Permanente.
2) Obtain employment with Kaiser Permanente on your own. There are many jobs available within Northern California Rehab Services. You can find positions at http://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/jobs.aspx. These are regular employment positions independent from the Residency. Kaiser Permanente employees can leverage generous continuing education benefits to help fund their course of study. Contact the program director for more information.
3) Obtain employment anywhere within our serviceable geographic range at any orthopaedic PT clinic and we can send faculty to your clinic for mentoring. The clinic would need to agree to support your learning path, our faculty in their clinic, and establish a Facility Agreement with Kaiser Permanente prior to the start of your Residency.
Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency
Our program is an APTA credentialed program taught by recognized experts and APTA Board Certified specialists in neurologic physical therapy. The program includes advanced training in both adult and pediatric neurologic physical therapy.
- Acquire advanced clinical skills required to treat and manage patients with complex neurological diagnoses
- Reach new levels of job satisfaction and leadership in the neurologic physical therapy field
- Become qualified to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy specialty examination in neurologic physical therapy to become a board-certified clinical specialist
- Applications are due April 15 and the year-long program begins in August.
- Develop physical therapists that exhibit the highest standards of ethical and professional behavior.
- Prepare physical therapists to serve as primary health care providers who perform the highest standard of patient/client management.
- Develop physical therapist that are able to serve the profession and community as leaders, educators, consultants, and mentors.
- Prepare physical therapists who are able to contribute to the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
- Prepare physical therapists to sit for the board certification examination in neurologic physical therapy.
- Clinical care, mentoring, and program expectations are standardized and consistent across all clinical settings.
- Open to new graduates and experienced clinicians alike.
- Must hold a California Physical Therapy license or show proof of date for an exam for license.
Tuition, Stipend and Benefits
The cost of the program is $2,500, including:
- A non-refundable $100 deposit to secure your placement once you are accepted into the program
- $2,000 for 25 webinars plus two four day on-site workshops in Southern California through the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium
- $400 paid to the Kaiser Permanente Neurologic Physical Therapy Program on February 1 of the following year
There are some additional cost associated with housing and travel to and from Los Angeles as well as different clinical sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our residents are Kaiser Permanente employees with benefits that include health, dental and vision coverage, and paid holidays.
Learn more about our program.