Fargo Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Training Neurologic Physical Therapists in Fargo

The Sanford Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in Fargo aims to prepare physical therapists to use best available evidence, and demonstrate advanced clinical skills in the area of neurologic physical therapy to optimally facilitate the health and healing of the patients we serve.

Program Goals

  • Train licensed physical therapists to become specialists in the area of neurologic physical therapy.
  • Provide the best possible evidence-based physical therapy services to the patients we serve taking into account the importance of clinical experience and patient values.
  • Facilitate optimal clinical outcomes to physical therapy interventions.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of neurologic physical therapy.
  • Uphold the ethical standards and demonstrate professionalism as outlined in the APTA’s Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist.

Program Information

General Information

Length of Study: 12 months

Entrance Date: Aug. 5, 2024

Tuition: None

Salary: Resident will be a paid employee of Sanford Health. Pay will reflect time spent with mentors, didactic coursework, research, presentations, projects and mentoring time.

Benefits: Residents will receive full-time benefits through Sanford Health, including but not limited to health and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, paid time off, life insurance and an employee retirement plan.

Overview: This program will provide residents with accelerated study in the area of neurologic physical therapy to prepare for advanced clinical practice and successful completion of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Neurologic Specialist Certification Exam. The program includes one-on-one clinical mentoring, didactic education, as well as preparation to participate in research and presentations.

Sanford South University
Physical Therapy
1720 S. University Drive, Fargo ND

Admission Requirements

Residents must:

  • Be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited physical therapy program by the start of the residency year.
  • Hold a current physical therapy license for the state of North Dakota effective by the start of the residency year.
  • Be a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and neurologic section.
  • Complete at least one student affiliation in the area of outpatient neurologic physical therapy or 6 months of clinical experience in outpatient neurologic physical therapy.

Residents will be selected by the Admissions Committee who:

  • Exhibit high standards of professional behaviors, leadership potential and desire.
  • Demonstrate strong potential for exceptional clinical reasoning in the application of examination and treatment related to neurologic practice.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills.
  • Present favorable letters of reference.
  • Are committed to the physical therapy profession and neurologic specialization.

Application Process

Apply Online

Only completed applications will be accepted and must include:

  • Two professional reference request forms
  • A personal statement (limit two pages)
  • A current resume

Please contact Scott Brown by phone at (701) 234-7902, or by email at Scott.Brown@SanfordHealth.org with any questions.

  • All completed applications will be reviewed within 60 days of the published deadline. Selected applicants for interview will be contacted by phone, in person, or electronically.
  • Acceptance into the program is pending that the candidate meets all conditions of employment of the Sanford Health system. Applicants will be notified of their status in the program in writing within 60 days of the published deadlines.
  • Dates:
    • Accepting applications: Jan. 11 - Feb. 23, 2024
    • Interview date: March 2024
    • Program dates: Aug. 5, 2024 - Aug 1, 2025

Didactic Curriculum

Residents receive didactic training in neurologic physical therapy-related topics. At the completion of this program, residents will demonstrate competence in all areas as described in the current American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist’s (ABPTS) description of advanced specialty practice in neurologic physical therapy. A variety of learning experiences are used including self-directed study, lectures, presentations, teaching experience and interactive learning.

Learning topics include:

  • Neurologic Examination, Evaluation, and Differential Diagnosis
  • Neurologic Anatomy and Physiology/Diagnostic Imaging
  • Clinical Application and Motor Learning
  • Current Concepts of Neurologic Physical Therapy:
    • Functional Movement Disorders
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Stroke
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Balance and Vestibular
    • Degenerative disorders
    • Congenital disorders