The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is a great opportunity for physical therapists to advance their knowledge and develop their clinical skills in the area of neurologic rehabilitation. The residency is designed to prepare residents in the advance practice of neurologic physical therapy as clinical specialists committed to optimizing patient care and improving the quality of life of individuals in the community.

The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Neurology.

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  • 12-month residency program with an R1 doctoral university
  • Earn salary with benefits
  • Expert faculty mentors and instructors of the Residency & DPT programs including:
  • 8 Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialists
  • 2 Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialists
  • 2 Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialists
  • 4 Researchers in the areas of Neuroplasticity, Parkinson’s Disease, Spine, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • 4 Certified Brain Injury Specialists
  • 2 Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialists
  • 1 Certified in Vestibular Competency


Acute Care: Orlando Regional Medical Center (3 months clinical rotation)

  • Level 1 Trauma Center, designated by the American College of Surgeons
  • Teaching Hospital Accreditation, designated by the Council of Teaching Hospital – Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals
  • Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation
  • Primary Stroke Center Certification, designated by DNV GL

Inpatient Rehabilitation: Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute Inpatient Rehabilitation (5 months clinical rotation)

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility with four specialty programs:
  • Brain Injury Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Stroke Program
  • Comprehensive Inpatient Program

Outpatient Rehabilitation: Residency time is divided among 3 facilities (4 months)

Outpatient 1: Orlando Health Rehabilitation Institute Outpatient Rehabilitation

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited outpatient rehabilitation facility
  • Designated by the Florida Department of Health:
  • Brain Injury Program Facility
  • Spinal Cord Injury Program Facility

Outpatient 2: Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center

  • Designated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partners in Multiple Sclerosis Care

Outpatient 3: Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

The didactic portion of the residency includes three semesters (12 months) of coursework at the University of Central Florida. UCF earned the highest designation in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education for Research Activity and Community Engagement. The resident will be enrolled for a total of two credit hours per semester. The curriculum is based upon the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in Neurologic Physical Therapy published by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties/ Neurologic Specialty Council in 2016 and the Description of Residency Practice published by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education in 2017.

There will be one semester of coursework in neuroscience and neuroanatomy. The neuroscience content will be taught by two full time neuroanatomist/neuroscientists in the DPT & Residency Program. This include extensive laboratory time in the Anatomy Dissection Laboratory. UCF is one of the very few of residency programs that include the Anatomage technology for didactic instruction.

Patient and Client Management
There will be three semesters of coursework related to patient and client management of patients with neurologic lesions. The patient management content will be taught by DPT & Residency Program faculty members who are trained experts in neuromotor interventions and neurologic rehabilitation.

Sciences related to critical inquiry will be covered throughout three semesters of coursework. The resident is expected to complete a neurologically based research project at the end of the residency program. The resident will work with a research advisor and a neurologic content expert throughout the residency. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in other ongoing DPT program research activities including data collection at the UCF Knights on the Go Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Café and current DPT capstones. 

The resident will have a special opportunity to participate in teaching anatomy, basic and advance neurologic physical therapy courses in the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The resident will be mentored by the neurologic course instructors in preparing an instructional plan to teach several modules related to their current clinical work experience at Orlando Health. Residents will also have the opportunity to supervise DPT students in their interprofessional collaborations with speech therapy students at the UCF Aphasia House and UCF Communication Science Disorders clinics.

Service and Community Engagement
Each semester, the residents are required to participate in community engagement and service learning opportunities that involve different neurologic support groups in the greater Orlando area including but not limited to stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. The resident also supervises the DPT students during pro bono patient treatments as part of the DPT Program’s Advance Neurology classes and in partnership with Orlando Health Outpatient Rehabilitation.

The University of Central Florida and Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program is the recipient of the Neurologic Residency Grant awarded by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2017.

The program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

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