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Doctor of Physical Therapy


Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program

The Physical Therapy Department of St. Ambrose University (SAU) began offering a clinical residency program in orthopaedic physical therapy in 2006. This 12-month, post-professional program is based upon the criteria set forth for credentialing by the American Physical Therapy Association and the Description of Specialty Practice in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Currently, this program is only offered for students graduating from the professional DPT Program at St. Ambrose University. The residency builds upon the 98 semester hours of graduate credit completed in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Program Mission

The mission of the SAU orthopaedic residency program is to prepare licensed physical therapists with advanced knowledge and clinical practice skills in the specialty area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Further, the program will enhance clinical reasoning skills, provide experience in teaching and presenting, reinforce use of best evidence in practice, and facilitate life-long learning.

Therapists that successfully complete the 6-course sequence may use the designation MTC - Manual Therapist Certified.

For more information, contact Kevin Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT at or 563/333-6405. You can also contact the PT Office at 563/333-6403.