Physical Therapy Professional Training Programs

Physical Therapy Predoctoral Training

The Kennedy Krieger Institute Department of Physical Therapy offers clinical placement for students currently pursuing a graduate level degree in physical therapy. These placements typically occur in the student’s final year to obtain clinical experience. The length of the affiliation is determined by the student’s university but typically lasts between eight to twelve weeks. 

Placements can occur at any of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s physical sites and programs where the appropriate supervision is available. These can include inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and the Kennedy Krieger Schools. Physical therapists at Kennedy Krieger Institute evaluate and treat children and adults with brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal related disorders. The student physical therapist will share a caseload with their supervising therapist. All physical therapists within Kennedy Krieger Institute are licensed by the state of Maryland.

Training Opportunities

Depending on the site the student is placed there are a variety of weekly training opportunities available. These include daily patient and family contact, staff meetings, in-service training, clinical rounds, and interdisciplinary training. Physical therapy students are also able to gain exposure to other sites such as Child and Family Support, Parent and Children Together, and Community Rehab as well as medical clinics.  

Application Guidelines

Prior to beginning a graduate level placement in physical therapy a contract must be in place between Kennedy Krieger Institute and the student’s university. Graduate students interested in considering a placement in physical therapy department should have the Clinical Education Coordinator for their university contact Patricia Turlington at for more information.

Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute is designed to offer licensed physical therapists the opportunity to obtain post-graduate pediatric clinical specialty training in a supportive and structured environment that promotes growth and contributes to evidence based practice of physical therapy. The residency, a year-long program, includes intense learning, leadership, and broad clinical exposure.It prepares the resident to sit for the Pediatric Specialty Certification (PCS) at its conclusion. Kennedy Krieger has partnered with University of Maryland Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Children’s Center, and University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (PTRS) to create this exciting opportunity. Residents will receive clinical mentoring in a variety of pediatric settings, didactic training at KKI and the University of Maryland PTRS, and will participate in teaching and evidence-based learning opportunities throughout the year.

Please see the Application Guidelines and Related Materials and Information sections below for more information. For questions, please contact the residency program coordinator, Elena Bradley, PT, DPT, CBIS at or by phone at 443-923-9280.

Application Guidelines

Applicants to the Pediatric Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program must submit an application through APTA’s centralized application system:

Additionally, all applicants must submit the following supplemental application materials:

  1. Applicant Self-Assessment Form
  2. Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from PT professionals
Related Materials and Information