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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) is proud to offer an accredited Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency for licensed physical therapists.  This residency will offer integrated learning experiences between UTMC, The University of Toledo’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, and The Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio.  This program brings together the strengths of all institutions to offer high-quality learning opportunities, and is designed to advance the clinical and scientific knowledge, clinical skills and teaching effectiveness of physical therapists with a specialized interest in neurologic care.

Our mission is to prepare residents in the advanced clinical practice of neurologic physical therapy as a clinical specialist committed to improving the human condition through advanced clinical practice.  Graduates demonstrate advanced knowledge in neurologic concepts through the integration of evidence-based practice and advanced clinical skills.  The program seeks to develop clinicians who will contribute to the physical therapy profession and to the health-care system through specialized practice, professionalism, lifelong learning, teaching and service.

Application and Interview

Applications will be accepted through RFPTCAS with interviews scheduled following.  Resident's start date will be annually in July.

Didactic Experience

Didactic education will be guided by the online NCS prep course created in Medbridge with supplemental content from resident faculty instructors. Guided application will also be included with each of the mentoring faculty.  Throughout the curriculum, the resident will continue to develop learning in content areas via teaching and lab instruction within the UT DPT Program. There are 12 modules that cover all diagnostic categories to be completed during the 12 month residency.    

  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Common impairments and Examination
  • Cognitive Impairments
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Balance and Vestibular
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amputations and Prosthetics
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Demyelinating Disorders
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research
  • Congenital Disorders in Adulthood
Clinical Experience

The resident will participate in 30 hours/week of neurologic patient care with a minimum of three hours per week dedicated to one-on-one mentoring with a member of the residency faculty. The resident will spend time at UTMC gaining clinical experience in acute care and outpatient neurologic rehabilitation. Inpatient rehabilitation experience will be provided at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northwest Ohio. Additional opportunities to observe and learn are available throughout the residency from other designated therapists, members of the interdisciplinary team and through participation in specialty clinical experiences.

Outcomes Data

UTMC Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency has been accredited since 2019. Program completion rate is 75% and program retention rate is 100%. 100% of those who have gone on to take the board certification examination have passed.

For more information please contact the Residency Program Director, Alison Matson PT, NCS, SCCE at 419.383.5072 or Alison.Pollacek@utoledo.edu.

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