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Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

The residency program in Neurologic Physical Therapy is a cooperative effort between UMMC, SHRP, Methodist Rehabilitation Center, and St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. The residency program is 12 months in duration, beginning in August.

The residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The program prepares the resident to take the Neurologic Clinical Specialty examination (NCS) offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). 

The Neurologic Physical Therapy residency program demonstrates:

  • 100% graduation rate (total of 8 residents)
  • 6 of 7 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.

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.

Neurologic resident experiences

The neurologic resident's experiences include:

  • Clinical experiences in:
    • Inpatient acute care, Level 1 teaching hospital 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, and spinal cord injury.
    • Outpatient physical therapy clinics with participation in aquatic rehabilitation, LSVT BIG, vestibular rehabilitation, and assistive technology.
    • Outpatient specialty clinics.
    • Specialty areas of community practice.
  • 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 and professional staff

Residency requirements

Admission requirements:

  • licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Mississippi prior to beginning the program
  • current CPR certification
  • compliance with al UMMC employment requirements 

Residency completion requirements:

Neurologic physical therapy residencies require the following specific experiences during the program:
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of clinical practice
  • A minimum of 150 hours of mentored practice
  • A minimum of 300 hours of planned education experiences

The neurologic physical therapy residents are required to satisfactorily complete the following during the residency period:

  • Orientation processes for each clinical site
  • APTA clinical skills performance evaluation tools for physical therapists
  • APTA core values
  • Assessments of abilities and skills
  • Skills assessments for clinical examinations
  • Skills assessments for clinical interventions
  • Education/teaching module for students and/or professional staff (minimum of one module)
  • Patient case reports (minimum of two)
  • Live patient exam (minimum of two)
  • Systematic review of literature on a topic of interest or development and implementation of a research study
  • Presentation to local, regional or national organization
  • A written final examination


Applications for the residency are accepted from November through February, prior to the beginning of the residency in August.  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 RF-PTCAS for specifics on required application materials and to begin the application process.


For questions regarding this residency program, contact:

  • Kim Curbow Wilcox, PT, PhD
    Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Certified Therapist, Neurodevelopmental Treatment
    Director, Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy
    School of Health Related Professions
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216
    (601) 984-6328

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