Pediatric Residency

The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Pediatric Residency Program consists of planned post-professional clinical and didactic education for licensed physical therapists who have graduated from an accredited DPT program. The program is designed to significantly advance preparation of the physical therapist as a highly qualified provider of patient care services in multiple pediatric clinical practice settings. Potential as a future leader in pediatric physical therapy is developed through coursework, clinical and related experiences during the 13-month Residency Program. In addition to clinical opportunities with structured mentorship, the program also includes participation in the MCHB-funded Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through JFK Partners, and access to the resources of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Start date for the next resident will be July 1, 2021. The application cycle will open October 2020 through RF-PTCAS.

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The mission of the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program is to provide a comprehensive program of didactic, clinical and professional experiences to develop pediatric physical therapy specialists. Through clinical care experiences, educational excellence, exposure to research and active engagement in scholarship, teaching opportunities, professional and community service, and participation in collaborative teamwork, Residents will become future leaders in the profession.


Please carefully read and review this website. If you would like additional information, you may contact:
Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, 
Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA
Pediatric PT Residency Program Director

Meghan Hernandez, PT, DPT, PCS
Instructor, Physical Therapy Program
Early Intervention PT Provider, Residency Graduate 2012


Each applicant is required to complete the RF-PTCAS application and pay the supplemental fee. After completing the application, you must also pay the required supplemental application fee of $75. Failure to pay the supplemental application fee will result in your application being considered incomplete.


Please reference the FAQs for detailed information about the Residency and it's processes.

Who should I contact if I have any other questions after carefully reviewing the web site?

For specific questions regarding Resident experiences in this program, you may contact:

2011-2012 graduate: Meghan Hernandez, PT, DPT, PCS 
2012-2013 graduate: Emily Maloney, PT, DPT, PCS
2013-2014 graduate: Jim Hedgecock, PT, DPT, PCS 
2014-2015 Resident: Kelsey Miller, PT, DPT, PCS
2015-2016 Resident: Rhea Weber, PT, DPT, PCS 
2016-2017 Resident: Maria Larson, PT, DPT, PCS
2017-2018 Resident: Anne Ziegltrum, PT, DPT, PCS 
2018-2019 Resident: Samantha Sawade, PT, DPT, PCS
2019-20 Resident: Darby Leavengood, PT, DPT
2020-21 Resident: Nicole Schremp, PT, DPT

Can I be considered if I am currently a DPT student and will not taking the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) until July 2019?

As part of our application, you will be asked whether you are currently licensed or when you plan to take the NPTE. The April 2021 test date is the latest option for an applicant who is completing their DPT degree during the application cycle. If you are not able to test by April, you will not be eligible to apply in this cycle and will need to wait until the next application cycle to apply to our Residency program. 

What happens after I apply?

The application deadline is January 1, 2021 for the July 1, 2021 start date. In order to be considered as an applicant, the RF-PTCAS application must be complete and verified, including submission of all additional materials and fees. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and invitations to complete an initial interview using Zoom (computer audio and video) will be issued in January 2021. These Zoom interviews will be conducted in late January 2021 and an onsite interview may occur in late February or March. Additional information will be provided later. Final decisions will be made and offers of admission will be announced in accordance with the Pediatric Residency Uniform Announcement date in March 2020.

When will your application become available?

Our application will become available through RF-PTCAS (the centralized web-based application) in early fall of 2020. A direct link to the application on RF-PTCAS will be posted on our website when the application cycle becomes available. Please continue to check our website until that time. We also require a supplemental fee in addition to the application and fees through RF-PTCAS.

Will I get paid as a Resident?

Yes, the Resident is hired as a university employee and pay is based on the NIH pay scale as a DPT. The Resident salary is ~$50,000 plus benefits. Benefits (health, life, disability) are provided as a full-time employee of the University of Colorado.

How many of your past Residents have taken the specialist exam and become Pediatric Certified Specialists?

To date, all of our Resident graduates have taken and passed the PCS exam to become credentialed Pediatric Clinical Specialists.

How many people typically apply to this program and how many are applicants are accepted?

The pool of applicants continues to increase each year as the interest in residency programs continues to grow. Currently, our program is only accepting one resident per year.

How much does the residency program cost?

There is NO tuition cost for Colorado residents. Any participant in the Residency Program who is NOT a Colorado resident, and wants to receive graduate credit, will be required to pay the tuition differential ~ $500/credit. Otherwise, courses will be taken as a program requirement without graduate credit.

What kind of supervision and/or mentorship will I receive in this program?

It is important to understand that in a residency program, you are no longer a student and do not require direct supervision. Instead, as a licensed physical therapist working towards clinical specialization, you will receive at least 150 hours of mentorship from our clinical mentors in order to help prepare you as a highly qualified provider of patient care services in multiple pediatric clinical practice areas. You are expected to independently manage pediatric patients in a variety of settings, and the clinical mentors will offer guidance and direction through formal and informal mentoring opportunities.

How much pediatric experience do I need to be considered for this residency program?

Pediatric experience (such as a longer clinical education experience while obtaining your DPT) is recommended though we understand that frequently it is hard to secure pediatric experiences as a student and as a new professional following graduation. Therefore, pediatric experience is not required, but you need to have a clear reason and vision for why you want to pursue a pediatric specialization at this stage of your professional career. You will be given the opportunity to explain why you want to specialize in pediatric PT and complete a residency program in your application to our program.

What do you look for in an ideal applicant?

We are looking for individuals with strong leadership skills who have the desire to specialize in pediatric physical therapy. Due to the nature of our program, and the need to participate in many clinical settings, successful residents need to be flexible, reliable, hard-working, and able to advocate for themselves and their patients.

How long does the University of Colorado Pediatric PT Residency Program take to complete?

This residency program is 13-months long beginning on July 1 and ending July 31 the following year.

Why should I consider applying to a pediatric physical therapy residency program?

The purpose of a physical therapy residency program is to significantly advance the knowledge and skill set of a licensed physical therapist who wants to specialize in a specific area of physical therapy. It is not just an opportunity to gain more experience. Therefore, our residency program is intended for those individuals who want to become clinical specialists in pediatric physical therapy.


The University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program was re-accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in pediatrics on May 31, 2018. The Current reaccreditation will continue for a period of ten (10) years until May 31, 2028.​