The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) in conjunction with the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, are proud to offer a clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in acute care physical therapy.  The residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) through September 30, 2027.

The program spans 13 months beginning each year in July-August, and offers high quality clinical, educational, and research opportunities to prepare physical therapists to become physical therapy specialists in acute care practice.  

Residents have unique opportunities for professional/clinical development.  We are a large academic medical center which allows the resident to be an active part of teaching in the OSU DPT program, participate in research studies/case studies, collaborate on QI initiatives and receive support for local/national level presentations and journal submissions.  In addition to the wide array of scholarship available, the resident will also be exposed to our diverse medical center which is a level one trauma center.  Throughout their experience, the resident will have opportunities for clinical development in a variety of specialty areas across our 4 integrated hospitals.  These include University Hospital (general medicine, transplant, critical care, medical surgery, hepatology, and etc.), The Ross Heart Hospital (cardiovascular and pulmonary), The Brain and Spine Hospital (neurovascular, CVA, neuro trauma, orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma) and The James Cancer center (oncology.)

The mission of the program is to prepare clinicians to become specialized with advanced knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors in the field of acute care physical therapy, thereby improving the lives of patients. Graduates will exemplify professionalism, empathy, compassion, accountability, altruism, integrity, collaboration, ethical conduct, and social responsibility and will shape the future of Acute Care Physical Therapy through their leadership and excellence as practitioners, educators, and clinical researchers who practice based on current evidence.

Compensation and Benefits

Program participants are employed full time by the OSUMC, including a benefits package. Salary is commensurate with revenue-generating clinic time. Participants do not pay tuition. 


  • Must be eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Ohio by our program start date (new graduates must sit for April board exam)
  • Must be eligible for full time employment within the OSUWMC Acute Rehabilitation services 
  • Must meet application deadlines with complete materials (see link to RF-PTCAS application below)
  • APTA membership required throughout the program duration 

To apply, candidates should complete the application through the APTA’s centralized application system RF-PTCAS

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Applications will be accepted from October 1st until January 30 (due date subject to change, see RF-PTCAS for current deadline). Top candidates will be interviewed on the Ohio State campus following the application submission deadline.  The application should be completed through APTA's centralized application system RF-PTCAS.

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Marka Salsberry
Program director 


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