Orthopedic Residency participants are provided with additional training, didactic teaching, and coaching in the clinic to allow them to focus on each resident’s unique requirements. The curriculum is also structured to help therapists pass the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Orthopedic Physical Therapy Certification exam
The mission of the Therapy Partners Group University Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program is to provide post-professional development opportunities for physical therapists desiring to receive Board Certification in the area of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and advance clinical orthopedic skills. The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, the evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the resident to evaluate and treat orthopedic-specific issues throughout their lifespan.

Our program’s goal is to develop the upcoming leaders of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Profession. We plan to ignite the passion for physical therapy in our residents and promote the profession through education, leadership, and community service.

• Provide residents with advanced training in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Description of Residency Practice. 
• Allow mentors to enhance their  expertise through focused and planned instruction with the resident. 
• Promote holistic care of the patient and develop connections with referral sources to best support your patients.  
• Produce clinicians, mentors, and educators to assume leadership roles in Physical Therapy. 
• Foster involvement in community outreach and educational programs.
• Provide opportunities to develop teaching and mentoring skills. 

The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency currently has approved sites in Tucson, Arizona at Bodycentral Physical Therapy. The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency also has approved sites in Modesto, California at our Golden Bear Physical Therapy brand.

Additional locations planned (contact us about accreditation specifics on these other locations): Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy Bakersfield, California; Smith Therapy Partners, Las Vegas, NV; ProSport Physical Therapy, Costa Mesa, California

Residents are provided with additional training, didactic teaching, coaching in the clinic and on the field to allow them to focus on each resident’s unique requirements. The curriculum is also structured to help therapists pass the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Orthopedic Physical Therapy Certification exam.

• OCS Exam Pass Rate: 100% (as of June 2023)
• Graduation Rate: 100% (as of October 2023)

Orthopedic Residency Director 
Melissa Buss, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Residency Coordinator
Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT
Samantha Beeman, PT, DPT, OCS
Mat Wise, PT, MPT, OCS

Secondary Mentor and Module Presenters
T. Steve Mills, PTA, CPT
Ethan Paster, PT,DPT,OCS

Q. What is a Payback Period?
A.  This is a 15-month employment commitment following the residency program. Residents are required to work for 15 months as a staff clinician at one of our locations and a staff PT salary. There is no cost for the Payback Period unless you choose to buy yourself out of it at the end of the residency period.

Q. What are you looking for in an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident?
A. We are looking for someone that is passionate about Orthopedic Physical Therapy and clinical education. We want someone who is a “go-getter” on our team. Residents need to be driven and motivated to make their residency experience the best 15 months possible. It is also very important that our Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residents are a good personality fit with our Residency Faculty.

Q. When is your application deadline?
A. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency follows the universal application deadline and decision date for Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residencies, which is typically a 12/1 deadline and decisions are announced the week of 3/1

Q. What is the program start date?
A. August 26

Q. Can I apply if I’m taking July boards?
A. We would strongly encourage you to take boards in April if you are applying to this residency program, as your licensure may be delayed otherwise. However, you can still be considered for a position if you take boards in July.

Q. How many residents do you accept each cycle?
A. 10

Q. Do I need to be EMR/ERA certified to apply?
A. You do not need to be certified to apply, but if accepted you must have this certification or be a licensed ATC prior to starting the program per ABPTRFE requirements.