Physical Therapy Residency Program

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received its accreditation in May 2010, with re-accreditation achieved in 2015. The program lasts 12 to 13 months and begins in August each year.

Mission and goals

Pediatric residency mission:
To enhance the lives of children through excellence in patient care by providing expertise in pediatric physical therapy in a comprehensive learning environment in multiple medical settings.

Pediatric residency goals:

  • Promote participation in evidence-based practice and clinical research to contribute to the body of knowledge in pediatric physical therapy
  • Provide a comprehensive pediatric physical therapy residency curriculum incorporating hospital-based environments
  • Provide exposure and learning opportunities to teach all points of the pediatric description of residency practice (DRP) and prepare the resident to sit for the pediatric specialty exam
  • Meet the needs of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the community by developing advanced practitioners of pediatric physical therapy
  • Develop competent instructors and mentors in the field of pediatric physical therapy


The Children’s residency is a clinically focused program with curriculum based on the pediatric DRP. 

Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings including:

  • Acute care at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation and Day Rehabilitation Programs
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • School-based and early intervention experiences
  • Sports Medicine Program
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Program
  • Administration and critical inquiry

Didactic time is embedded throughout the program. The didactic experiences--which may include participation in multidisciplinary clinics, literature review, case studies, classroom instruction, observation, directed study and more--are designed to directly relate to the patient population the resident is currently treating in that clinical setting. This congruency between didactic and clinical experiences provides the resident excellent learning opportunities to put knowledge into immediate clinical practice.

Program benefits

  • Residents are hired as Level 1 physical therapists at Children’s and receive the appropriate privileges and benefits
  • Continuing education opportunities may be available
  • Residency rotations will be tailored to each individual resident’s needs based on previous experience and comfort level
  • A two-week elective rotation is available during which the resident can focus on an area in which they desire further instruction or advanced training


  • The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Residency Program received its accreditation in May 2010. Since that time, we have graduated one resident per year and our graduates currently have a 100% pass rate on ABPTS examination to become a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist (PCS).
  • Graduates have gone on to leadership positions in program development, become mentors to colleagues and residents, teach at local universities, and participate in clinical research.

How to apply

To be considered for this residency, applicants must hold or be eligible for Georgia physical therapy licensure. If the applicant is eligible for licensure, it must be obtained prior to beginning the residency program. One year of pediatric physical therapy experience is preferred.

Apply to our program through the APTA Residency and Fellowship Centralized Application Service

Contact us

For questions or more information about our residency program, contact:

Kim Carvell P.T., D.P.T., P.C.S.
Program Coordinator, Children’s Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program
Phone: 404-785-3354

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