Jefferson & Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Neurologic Residency


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Residency

Program Length

15 months

Program Type

  • On Campus

Term Start


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The Neurologic Residency Program

The Thomas Jefferson University and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Neurologic Residency program is a post-professional clinical and didactic education program that is designed to advance the participant’s preparation to become a practitioner of choice in the field of neurologic physical therapy. The program combines opportunities for ongoing clinical mentoring with a scientific basis for advanced practice. At the end of the experience, the resident will be academically and clinically prepared to pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist (ABPTS) Neurologic Clinical Specialist Examination, and to become a leader in the world of neurologic physical therapy.


  • Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
  • Licensure:  Practicing clinicians must be eligible for licensure in the state of Pennsylvania, and new graduates must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) on or before July of the year of intended program entry.
  • Strong applicants will demonstrate an ongoing interest in neurologic physical therapy, strong written and verbal communication skills, professionalism, leadership, and sound entry-level clinical reasoning skills.

Additional Program Information

* The Thomas Jefferson University and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Neurologic Residency Program is not currently accepting applications for the academic cycle of 2023 - 2024.

Graduates of the program will demonstrate:

  1. Advanced integration of psychomotor skill, clinical reasoning, and rehabilitation technology during the completion of patient examination and evaluation, and during the establishment of patient diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care.
  2. Advanced integration of science and theory with clinical decision-making in order to provide comprehensive evidence-based physical therapy services.
  3. Competence in a variety of neurologic settings and across the continuum of care that is consistent with the Description of Residency Practice for neurologic physical therapy (DRP).
  4. Exemplary ethics, professionalism, communication, initiative, and accountability.
  5. The ability to discuss, debate, present, and/or publish contemporary knowledge and concepts in neurologic physical therapy.
  6. Leadership in the neurologic physical therapy clinic, association, and/or community through participation in mentorship, teaching, advocacy, and/or health and wellness promotion.

Residency Program Structure

This 15-month program begins in June of each year:

June – August:  Weekly evening online webinars.
September – August:  Full-time on-site clinical practice and mentoring

  • This 15-month program begins in June of each year.
    • June – August:  Weekly evening online webinars
    • September – August:  Full-time on-site clinical practice and mentoring
  • Participants will be immersed in neurologic clinical practice that includes independent patient care as well as regular, structured, and individualized mentoring sessions.
  • The mentoring hours are one-on-one, intensive, and goal-oriented, including individual clinical reasoning discussions, and mentoring in real-time during patient care hours.
  • Multiple neurologic clinical specialists will mentor participants across the continuum of care from the acute neurologic intensive unit, to acute inpatient rehabilitation, to outpatient settings.
  • Participants will be exposed to multiple aspects of rehabilitation technology and participate in training on how to integrate them into contemporary clinical practice.
  • Participants will be exposed to specialty clinics including vestibular clinic, ALS clinic, seating clinic, and vision clinic, among others.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to teach within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to submit work completed during the residency for presentation and national conferences and/or publication.


The didactic content is a combination of the Neuroconsortium webinar and journal club series and onsite lectures addressing the integration of didactic information with hands-on psychomotor skill training.

  • The Neuroconsortium was developed by experts in the fields of neurologic clinical practice and neurologic research.  Because over 35 residency programs utilize this online educational program, participants will have an opportunity to interact with other neurologic residents from across the country.
  • The onsite lectures are offered by a wide variety of faculty with extensive experience with patients with neurologic impairment.  

    Some of these include:
    • 16 hours of hands-on training in manual facilitation of locomotion
    • 12 hours of hands-on training in robotic facilitation of locomotion
    • APTA Clinical Instructor Certification
    • Multiple special topics courses including wound care management and respiratory considerations for the patient with neurologic impairment


  • 91% of residents have successfully completed the residency program
  • 100% of residency graduates have passed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Certification Examination in Neurology
  • 75% of residency graduates have participated in teaching activities within 12 months of graduation.
  • 88% of residency graduates have become clinical leaders within 24 months of graduation

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Magee has been leading the way in innovative techniques and rehabilitation therapy from the very beginning. Upon her death in 1923, Anna Justina Magee honored her parents by establishing Magee Rehabilitation hospital in their memory.

Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

Jefferson and Jefferson Health are partners in providing excellent clinical and compassionate care for our patients in the Philadelphia region, educating the health professionals of tomorrow in a variety of disciplines and discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care.