At University Physical Therapy, we value the contributions of students at various stages of their academic preparation. Our faculty clinicians truly bring coursework and evidence alive for our students and patients in clinic through quality patient care. Whether you are a student interested in volunteering and observing in our clinic or recent graduate interested in participating in a residency program, University Physical Therapy provides a unique and beneficial learning experience in all aspects of outpatient physical therapy. Please click on the area below that coincides with your current academic pursuits to learn more.


UPT faculty clinicians contribute core teaching to the UNC PT doctoral program. These efforts include preparation and presentation of hundreds of hours of lecture and laboratory materials each year. Additionally, UPT is dedicated to the clinical education of PT students through:PT 1Clinic observation time

Our goal is to have every student spend a meaningful amount of time in the faculty clinic honing their clinical knowledge and skills with a faculty mentor.


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Orthopedic PT Residency Program

The mission of the residency programs in the Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals is to provide a superior, comprehensive specialist training to licensed physical therapists to meet the needs of North Carolina.

Resident Program Philosophy

The faculty of the Division of Physical Therapy is committed to developing residents who are recognized leaders within their specialty area of choice. Residents will develop excellence in examination, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, teaching and the integration of best evidence into the patient care they provide within their special area of interest. They will develop as a resource for the community in prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions and will contribute to the profession through teaching, writing and leadership.  Graduates of the residency program will be fully prepared to sit for their specialty certification examination.

Program Structure

The UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program includes 30 hours of independent clinic work as well as a variety of learning activities each week. The learning activities include didactic activities (reading, researching and discussing orthopedic PT topics), one-on-one mentored patient care, and other focused activities (such as shadowing medical providers and acting as a teaching assistant in entry-level PT classes). The didactic activities are organized into content modules of two-to-four weeks duration and are led by the highly qualified mentors from Division of Physical Therapy and UNC Hospitals. In addition to the above activities, residents will write quarterly patient case reports and supervise PT students in the pro bono clinic.PT 3

Admissions Information

The application deadline is June 1, 2018, and the interviews will take place in July of 2018. We will invite strong candidates to visit Chapel Hill for an interview and tour of the residency work and education sites. Decisions will be made in August, and the residency program will begin in early January 2018. Residents must have a North Carolina PT license prior to the program start date.

Your three reference letters must include at least one from a physical therapist who knows the applicant professionally. We also recommend one be from an academic faculty member.

There is a supplemental application fee of $80. Checks should be made payable to "UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences" and mailed to: UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences, ℅ Carla Hill, Campus Box 7135, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7135.

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Residency Application

For more information about the UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program, please contact .

Orthopedic PT Residency Fact Sheet

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Module Schedule

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