Pediatric Residency

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, 2024. The application cycle will open October 1, 2023 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, or have a question not answered by this website, please contact:
Meghan Hernandez, PT, DPT, PCS
Pediatric PT Residency Program Director
Senior Instructor, Physical Therapy Program & JFK Partners
Email communication preferred


Each applicant is required to complete the RF-PTCAS application and pay the supplemental fee of $80. 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 questions about experiences in the residency or opportunities after completing the residency?

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 graduate: Kelsey Miller, PT, DPT, PCS
2015-2016 graduate: Rhea Weber, PT, DPT, PCS 
2016-2017 graduate: Maria Larson, PT, DPT, PCS
2017-2018 graduate: Anne Ziegltrum, PT, DPT, PCS 
2018-2019 graduate: Samantha Sawade, PT, DPT, PCS
2019-2020 graduate: Darby Leavengood, PT, DPT
2020-2021 graduate: Nicole Schremp, PT, DPT, PCS
2021-2022 graduate: Ariann Neutts, PT, DPT, PCS
2022-2023 graduate: Taylor Day, PT, DPT
2023-2024 Resident: Erica Salhus, 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 2023?

As part of our application, you will be asked whether you are currently licensed or when you plan to take the NPTE. The April 2023 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 and receive a passing score, 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. 

When will your application become available?

Our application will become available through RF-PTCAS (the centralized web-based application) in October 2022. 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 ~$56,000 plus benefits. Benefits (health, life, disability) are provided as a full-time employee of the University of Colorado.

University of Colorado PT Pediatric Residency Financial Fact Sheet 2023-2024

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

Eight of our Resident graduates have taken and passed the PCS exam to become credentialed Pediatric Clinical Specialists and 100% have passed on the first attempt.

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

We are only able to accept one resident per year. The number of applicants varies each year, but in the past several cycles, we have approximately 30 qualified applicants.

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. At the start of the residency, the Resident must also have an active APTA member and be a member of the Pediatric Section.

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.

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 September 30, 2028.​

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