Orthopedic Residency

In partnership with OSF Rehabilitation, Bradley's orthopedic residency program provides recently licensed physical therapists with advanced knowledge and skill in a concentrated orthopedic clinical environment. As a post-professional clinical residency program, the curriculum offers you advanced training in examination, clinical decision-making and treatment skills under the mentorship of Bradley Faculty and Orthopedic Clinical Specialists.

Preparing You For Success

As a resident, your experience includes:

  • A 13-month program; Each cohort for the orthopedic program begins in June, with completion in July of the following year.
  • Practicing full time (32-hour workweek) at one of three approved locations in the OSF Rehabilitation network (Peoria or Bloomington)
  • Eligibility for full benefits as employees of OSF Rehabilitation
  • 1:1 Clinical Mentoring = 200 hrs.; Clinical mentoring will occur within your practice setting, with at least four (4) hours devoted to one-on-one mentoring each week with primary Orthopedic Certified Specialist mentors.
  • Classroom Learning (didactic and psychomotor) = 400 hrs.
  • Supervised Clinical Practice = 1400 hrs.
  • Total Hours = 1600+ hrs.

Application and Selection Process

Application requirements:

  1. The applicant must have recently graduated or planned to graduate from an accredited DPT program in the current academic year.
  2. Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Illinois
  3. APTA and AOPT membership
  4. CPR certification
  5. Three letters of reference — at least one academic and one from a physical therapist who has supervised your clinical performance

The strongest applicant demonstrates the following:

  1. Substantial academic achievement in coursework related to orthopedics
  2. Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  3. Strong orthopedic clinical internships and mentorship
  4. Research experience and interest
  5. Alignment with the mission and goals of Bradley University and OSF Rehabilitation organization (Peoria, Ill.)

Residency Program Cost: $500

The application deadline is January 31st.

Applicants must be available to participate in interviews scheduled by OSF Rehabilitation.

The director of the program is Joseph Kelly, PT, Ph.D., OCS., jpkelly@bradley.edu.