Application Requirements

Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed per the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS) application. This, in part, includes the following:

  • Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
  • Three letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s qualifications for the residency, including letters from former physical therapy faculty members, former clinical instructors, physical therapists, rehabilitation researchers, or other health care practitioners. You will enter your references name and email address into the application. They will receive a form via email to complete.
  • Entry-level DPT degree transcript. Candidates with a non-PT terminal degree are eligible for entry if they graduated prior to 2017 with a CAPTE-approved terminal education in Physical Therapy. Official transcripts of terminal degree are required. We only need your transcript for your PT degree, no other transcripts needed.
  • Physical therapist license verification (prior to beginning studies)
  • Essay -The Regis University Orthopaedic Residency is designed to optimize clinical decision making and accelerate the professional development of a Physical Therapist to be a leader in orthopaedic patient management. Why are you the best candidate for our program?
  • Resume/curriculum vitae


Admission to the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis with selections made biannually. The following requirements apply:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a CAPTE accredited professional physical therapy curriculum, or have had a state physical therapy board approve the applicant’s first-professional physical therapy program as “equivalent” to a US CAPTE accredited professional physical therapy program.
  • The applicant is required to have a valid physical therapy licensure in the United States and be licensed in the state of practice(s) or eligible and successfully completed before officially beginning studies. This license must not be under suspension, revocation, probationary status, or subject to disciplinary proceedings or inquiry.
  • Applicants must be committed to professional development.
  • All applicants must have professional liability insurance coverage that applies to all clinical settings in which they work.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application in a timely manner in order to be considered for the program. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis.
  • Please note: You DO NOT need to enter GRE test scores in the application. No test scores required. Leave that section of the application blank.
Compliance Requirement
  • Students need to demonstrate that they are in full-time (32 or more hours per week) employment in orthopaedic clinical practice.
  • Admitted students must be a APTA and AOPT members and pass a background check prior to officially beginning studies.


Admission to Regis University’s Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis.

Desire to learn is a priority, a keen interest in orthopaedic physical therapy, conference activity especially APTA CSM or Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Annual Conference, orthopaedic CEU's taken, expressed interests and location of potential mentors. PTs all have different educational backgrounds with DPT, BSPT, MSPT, and the length of your career and demonstration for further continuing education is also a consideration if a DPT has not been earned. At a minimum, orthopaedic residents need to commit to a year of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Residents are expected to sit for the OCS exam upon completion of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Regis University's Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (RUROPT) program has achieved candidacy status approval under the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as of September 30th, 2019.

Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

The RUROPT program will continue with all required accreditation procedures, including a site visit in the second half of 2020 to achieve full accreditation.

If you have questions regarding the program, or want additional information, email: or call 303.964.6147. Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.