Physical Therapy Predoctoral Training:

The Kennedy Krieger Institute Department of Physical Therapy offers clinical training placement for students currently pursuing a graduate level degree in physical therapy. These placements provide clinical experience and typically occur in the student’s final year. The length of the affiliation is determined by the student’s university, but typically lasts between 10-16 weeks.

Training can occur at any of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s physical sites and programs-- whereever appropriate supervision is available. These can include inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, intensive day outpatient rehab and the Kennedy Krieger Schools. Physical therapists at Kennedy Krieger Institute evaluate and treat children and adults with brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal 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:

There are a variety of weekly training opportunities available, depending on where the student is placed for training. 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 programs such as Child and Family Support, Parent and Children Together, Community Rehab, and Aquatic Therapy, as well as Kennedy Krieger’medical clinics.  

Application Guidelines:

A contract must be in place between Kennedy Krieger Institute and the student’s university prior to beginning a graduate level training placement in physical therapy.

Graduate students interested in considering a placement in the physical therapy department should have the Clinical Education Coordinator for their university contact Patricia Turlington at for more information.


Physical Therapy Residency Program:

The Kennedy Krieger Institute Physical Therapy  Residency Program is designed to offer licensed physical therapists the opportunity to obtain post-graduate, pediatric clinical specialty training in a supportive and structured environment. Kennedy Krieger Institute has partnered with The University of Maryland Medical System’s Children’s Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Children’s Center, and The University of Maryland Baltimore School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences to create this exciting opportunity. 

The residency program provides broad clinical exposure with 1:1 clinical mentorship in a variety of pediatric practice settings. Through mentorship, didactic training, and reflective and evidence-based learning opportunities, residents develop advanced clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Residents also participate in numerous teaching activities and a year-long evidence-based project. Throughout the residency program, participants become prepared to sit for the pediatric specialist certification exam.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Pediatric Physical Threapy Residency Program Outcomes
Since ABPTRFE initial accreditation in 2016:

Graduation Rate: 100%
Pediatric Certification Specialist Exam Pass Rate: 100%
Percent of Graduates Obtaining Employment in the Field of Pediatric PT: 100%

Related Materials and Information:

Please see the following attachments for more information about the pediatric physical therapy residency program.

Application Guidelines:

Applicants to the Kennedy Krieger Institute Physical Therapy Residency Program must submit an application through APTA’s centralized application system:

Additionally, all applicants must submit the following application materials:

1. Three letters of recommendation, all of which must be from physical therapy professionals – Complete and submit as part of the RFPTCAS base application.

2. Proof of PT Licensure or Information about the NPTE – Submit a copy of your PT license as part of the RFPTCAS application documents section. If you have not yet earned your DPT, please upload a Word document indicating when you will sit for the NPTE. Note that all new graduate applicants to our program must sit for and pass the NPTE by April of the year they will begin the residency program.

3. Proof of CPR certification – Submit a copy of your CPR card as part of the RFPTCAS application documents section.

4. Applicant Self-Assessment Form – Click on the hyperlink here to access this form. Complete and submit as part of the RFPTCAS application documents section.

5. Responses to 4 essay questions – Complete and submit as part of the RFPTCAS application questions section.

For questions, please contact the Residency Program Director Elena Bradley, PT, DPT, at or by phone at (443) 923-9289.