Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy


Accelerate your professional development by participating in the Thomas Jefferson University and Strive Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program.  Join our Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal teams to work in a stimulating environment as you gain advanced knowledge and skills in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Residency Structure:

  • 50 week program (to be completed by maximum of 52 weeks)
  • 40 hours / week of patient care and 10 hours / week of 1:1 mentorship and didactic education in Orthopedics including modules on the Spine, Lower Extremities, and Upper Extremities
  • Emerging Leaders program designed to prepare clinicians for the challenges of modern health care and provides skills to help them succeed in practice leadership and ownership.
  • Exposure to Special Interest Groups – Spine, TMJ, Orthopedics, Sports, Concussion
  • Clinical observation of different specialty areas in orthopedic physical therapy and orthopedic medicine.
  • Opportunity for mentorship from a variety of therapists with diverse backgrounds and experience in Orthopedics, such as Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists, Board Certified Clinical Specialists in Orthopedics, and other specialists.
  • During the Residency Program, the Residents have an opportunity to be employed by Strive Physical Therapy and offered benefits as an employee.

Application Process:

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year, but are DUE by APRIL 15th.
  • Interviews are conducted in April and May with applicants being notified of acceptance by May 31st
  • The residency program begins on the orientation date closest to January 20th.

For Application Information:

Please contact: 

Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, PCS
Physical Therapy Program Director
901 Walnut Street
PT Department, Room 522
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-955-1996

Dana Cardona
Administrative Assistant
901 Walnut Street
PT Department, Room 509
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-503-6019

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the research requirements?

There are no research requirements, but residents may have an opportunity to participate in ongoing projects.

Could you tell me a little more about the curriculum?

The curriculum is based on the APTA Orthopedic Section’s Current Concepts and is supplemented with onsite additional course work.

Will residents have more than one mentor throughout the program?Heading

Yes, residents will have more than one mentor to facilitate and develop their clinical knowledge and skills.

Will residents work at more than one facility?

Each applicant will be interviewed at the time of application to the residency program with the opportunity to be employed at Strive Physical Therapy. If the resident is hired by Strive they will then be assigned to one Strive location. Applicants not employed by Strive will still be considered for participation in the residency program.

How do I apply to the program?

All residents are required to apply through the centralized application service RF-PTCAS that can be found at