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Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency

The Pediatric Physical Therapy residency program is a cooperative effort between UMMC, SHRP, Batson Children’s Hospital, A Focused Brain, Hinds County School District, Rehabilitation Consultants, and St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. The residency program is 12 months in duration, beginning in August.

The Pediatric Physical Therapy residency is accredited American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  The program prepares the resident to take the Pediatric Clinical Specialty examination (PCS) offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Information concerning specialty examination may be found here.

The resident is a full-time employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary with a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident. The pediatric physical therapy resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • Inpatient acute care, Level 1 teaching hospital with a focus on treatment of children in acute care, NICU, inpatient rehabilitation and specialty clinic settings.
    • Outpatient hospital and community-based settings with a focus on examination and treatment of pediatric patients with developmental disabilities.
    • Early Intervention services for children from birth to 3 years old.
    • School-based physical therapy.
    • Specialty areas of community practice including equine-assisted therapy and aquatic therapy.
  • Participating in:
    • Interdisciplinary patient care.
    • Educational offerings and learning experiences through UMMC and its departments.
    • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, nurses and other members of the health care team.
    • Individualized didactic instruction.
    • Laboratory teaching assistance in an accredited entry-level physical therapist education program in a course/courses focusing on the examination and treatment of pediatric patients/clients.
    • Community service activities.
    • Presentations to students and professional staff.

Residency requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Mississippi prior to beginning the program
  • Current CPR certification
  • Compliance with all UMMC employment requirements

Residency completion requirements:

The pediatric physical therapy resident completes the following specific experiences during the program:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of clinical practice. Included in the 1,500 hours must be:
  • A minimum of 150 hours of mentored practice
  • A minimum of 300 hours of planned educational experiences (including rounds, 5 hours per week of independent study, Journal Club, etc.)

The pediatric physical therapy resident is required to satisfactorily complete the following during the residency period:

  • Orientation processes for each clinical site
  • APTA clinical skills performance evaluation tools for physical therapists
  • APTA core values
  • Assessments of abilities and skills
  • Skills assessments for clinical examinations
  • Skills assessments for clinical interventions
  • Education/teaching modules for students and/or professional staff (minimum of one module)
  • Patient case reports (minimum of two)
  • Live patient exam (minimum of two)
  • Systematic review of literature on a topic of interest or development and implementation of a research study
  • Presentation at a local, regional or national meeting or conference
  • A written final examination


Applications for the residency are accepted from November through February, prior to the beginning of the residency in August.  Experienced physical therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply. The residency accepts applications through the centralized application service for residency/fellowship education (RF-PTCAS). Visit RF-PTCAS for specifics on required application materials and to begin the application process.


For questions regarding this residency program, contact:

  • Janet Slaughter, PT, DPT
    Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Director, Residency Program in Pediatric Physical Therapy
    Associate Professor
    School of Health Related Professions
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 984-6372

UMMC offers equal opportunity in education and employment, M/F/D/V.