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Neurologic Clinical Residency Program

The Winston-Salem State University Physical Therapy Neurologic Clinical Residency Program, in partnership with Novant Health, allows licensed physical therapists to elevate their clinical practice, advance their careers and become leaders in the physical therapy profession.

Throughout the 12-month program, residents work in neurological care alongside mentors at Novant facilities across the region. Residents also take courses and provide guest lectures to students in WSSU’s Department of Physical Therapy.

In alignment with WSSU’s Strategic Plan, residents also identify a health equity solution to improve the care of patients who visit one of the program’s free community clinics. 

The program achieved full accreditation status in 2020 for a period of 5 years by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.ABPTRFE Accreditation Logo

The Winston-Salem State University-Novant Health Neurologic Clinical Physical Therapy residency program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in neurologic rehabilitation.

Points of Pride

  • WSSU is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the United States to offer a fully accredited Physical Therapy Residency Program
  • As of 2020, the WSSU-Novant Neurologic PT Clinical Residency Program is 1 of only 60 accredited Neurologic Residency Programs in the United States
  • Currently, one resident will be accepted to the 12-month program, starting in August and concluding the following July
  • 150 hours of 1-on-1 clinical mentoring
  • 32 hours/week clinical care and pay rate with full benefits, and 8 hours/week of residency activities & education
  • Rotations in three different Novant settings across the continuum of in-patient acute care neuro, in-patient rehabilitation, and out-patient neuro rehabilitation
  • Health equity project in conjunction with either the WSSU Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities or the Novant Health Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Opportunities for teaching and research
  • Access to MedBridge neurologic online curriculum
  • Free housing within walking distance of Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Networking opportunities with local healthcare providers and physicians through grand rounds, neurosurgery and WSSU pro bono clinics
  • A growing, motivated team of mentors, including 9 with NCS designation (7 at Novant and 2 at WSSU)

The WSSU-Novant Neurologic PT Clinical Residency Program is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 residency!

To apply, please go to the RF-PTCAS application portal and set up an account. Then, search for Winston-Salem State University and be sure to pick the Residency option.

Applications will be accepted from February 1st - April 15th, 2022 for the 2022-2023 residency program beginning in August.

Please view this video from the APTA to gain insights about the benefits of a residency, from the perspective of several residents: