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Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy

The residency program in neurologic physical therapy is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, UMMC School of Health Related Professions, UMMC outpatient services, and Methodist Rehabilitation Center  (inpatient rehab and outpatient services). The residency program is 12 months in duration, beginning July 1 and ending in June the following year.

The resident is a full-time employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary with a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident.

The residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), 1111 N. Fairfax, St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488. Phone: (703)706-8186. Email: 

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The program prepares the resident to take the Neurologic Clinical Specialty examination (NCS) offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Click here for more information concerning specialty examination. 

Program outcomes

The residency program in neurologic physical therapy demonstrates:

  • 100% graduation rate 
  • Eleven of twelve graduates eligible to sit for the Neurologic Clinical Specialty (NCS) examination achieved a passing score. The most recent graduate will sit for the exam next year.

Resident experiences

The neurologic resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • Inpatient acute care, Level 1 academic medical center with a focus on treatment of patients in acute care, ICU, and specialty clinic settings
    • An inpatient, CARF-accredited rehabilitation hospital with a focus on examination and treatment of patients with stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury
    • Outpatient physical therapy clinics with participation in aquatic rehabilitation, LSVT BIG, vestibular rehabilitation, wheelchair seating and positioning, and assistive technology
    • Outpatient specialty clinics including diagnostic-specific clinics and a wheelchair seating and positioning clinic
    • Specialty areas of community practice, including aquatic rehabilitation and adaptive sports
  • Participation in:
    • Interdisciplinary patient care
    • Educational offerings and learning experiences through UMMC and its departments
    • Collaborative practice with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, nurses and all other members of the health care team
    • Individualized didactic instruction.
    • Laboratory teaching assistance in an accredited entry-level physical therapist education program in a course/courses focusing on the examination and treatment of patients with neurologic diagnoses
    • Community service activities
    • Presentations to students, community members, and professional staff


Applications for the residency are accepted from early November through early February prior to the beginning of the residency in July.  Experienced physical therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply. The residency accepts applications through the centralized application service for residency/fellowship education (RF-PTCAS). Visit the RF-PTCAS site for specifics on required application materials and to begin the application process.

View the ABPTRFE Financial Fact Sheet for 2023-2024.

For more information

For questions regarding this residency program, contact:

Jacob Long, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP/SMS
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS)
Director, Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Assistant Professor 
School of Health Related Professions

Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Related Professions
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 984-6354

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