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 Pediatric Physical Therapy  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. The residency program  promotes professional growth, leadership, and contributes to the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.including intensive training and broad clinical exposure. The program prepares the resident to sit for the Pediatric Specialty Certification (PCS) at its conclusion.  Kennedy Krieger 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 (PTRS) to create this exciting opportunity. Residents will receive clinical mentoring in a variety of pediatric settings, didactic training, and will participate in teaching and evidence-based learning opportunities throughout the year.

Related Materials and Information:

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

Application Guidelines:

Applicants to the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute 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 – click on the hyperlink here to access this form and email completed form to Elena Bradley
  2. Three letters of recommendation, all of which must be from physical therapy professionals – complete and submit as part of the PTCAS application or the letters of recommendation can be sent directly from the evaluator to Elena Bradley
  3. Responses to 4 essay questions – complete and submit as part of the PTCAS application
  4. Proof of CPR certification – complete and submit as part of the PTCAS application
For questions, please contact the Residency Program Coordinator, Elena Bradley, PT, DPT, CBIS at or by phone at (443) 923-9280.