National Church Residences in conjunction with The Ohio State University Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department, Physical Therapy Division is proud to announce its clinical residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in geriatric physical therapy. The Residency Program is accredited through American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) and is designed to prepare residents to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in Geriatric Physical Therapy. The program is 12 months in length beginning each year in August.

100% FIRST TIME pass rate from prior resident graduates on Board Certification Specialist Exam in Geriatric Physical Therapy


What the Program Offers

This program offers the resident the opportunity to work in a geriatric specialty practice and to see patients in the home, out-patient and skilled nursing facility settings. In addition the resident has several unique opportunities:

  1. Providing physical therapy across the continuum of care in a life plan community, offering care from Hospice and Long term care to SNF, Out-patient and Wellness
  2. Primary area of practice is in home health, typically providing services in our Assisted and Independent Senior Living Residential Communities 
  3. Teaching in the physical therapy program at The Ohio State University
  4. Participating in ongoing research in mobility and fall prevention. 




  • Licensed to practice Physical Therapy in the State of Ohio by program start date
  • APTA membership required throughout residency
  • Application deadlines and materials
Applications are currently being accepted. To apply, please complete the application process as described on the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service at:


Typical Week

A typical week in the Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program includes time in mentored practice, non-mentored practice, geriatric/neurologic lab instruction, inter-disciplinary team meetings, fall prevention program and mobility disorders research lab experience, and journal club.

The residents will practice clinical work within the National Church Residences facilities and agencies in the Columbus metropolitan area. This position also includes teaching responsibilities of entry-level geriatric and neurologic laboratories in The Ohio State Division of Physical Therapy. Residents will gain the advanced skills and knowledge in a variety of structured learning experiences.

Residents will be employed full time by National Church Residences at 70% of an entry level physical therapist's salary and will include a benefits package.

Learn More

For more information contact:
Sarah Dalton Ortlieb, PT, National Church Residences
Program Director/Organization Administration​​

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