We’re very glad you’re considering UT Southwestern’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. Here you’ll find unequaled academic and clinical training in a challenging, collegial atmosphere, and we invite you to apply.

To be considered, please submit an application through the RF-PTCAS website. Applications are due by January 31 each year. Requests received after this date will not be considered for the following year unless there are residency slots that have not been filled. Interviews are typically in April and May and selection decisions are made by June 1st each year. The Residency year typically runs from approximately September 1st to September 1st each year.

Selection Criteria

We accept two-three residents each year and base our selection on information provided by applicants and gathered in personal interviews. New graduates are encouraged to apply. Our residency committee evaluates all applications on the following criteria:

  • Pre-professional academic and post-professional clinical education preparation
  • Clinical experience in orthopedic physical therapy
  • Previous mentoring, education, and research experience and/or interest
  • Community service
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interest in academic-based physical therapy

ADA Compliance

We will take all reasonable measures to guarantee equal access to learning opportunities for clinicians with disabilities. Educational programming will be sensitive to any sensory or physical impairment that requires special arrangements on behalf of the participant. Please indicate on your registration form if we should contact you about any physical or mental impairment that would require special accommodation to ensure a satisfactory learning experience.

Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Read our Non-Discrimination Policy.


We know you’re looking for an educational experience of the highest quality. To meet your expectations and satisfy accreditation requirements, we set the bar high for our applicants.

To be considered, you must hold:

  • A current and valid physical therapist license from the State of Texas
  • Basic life support/cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification

Program Outcomes

Our measures of success are specialization exam pass rate, employment status and scholarly achievements. To date, since our program’s first graduate in 2011, we’ve had a 100 percent graduation rate for those admitted to the program as well as 26 out 26 resident graduates have passed the orthopedic specialist exam on the first attempt. 

Five of our graduates have pursued their PhD, one is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAMOPT), two are certified in therapeutic pain science and four residency graduates have been hired as faculty and/or staff at UT Southwestern. All other graduates are employed as full time physical therapists and most hold leadership positions within their settings.