How To Apply

Who Is Eligible?

  1. Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York
  2. Eligible candidates can be new/recent graduates of an accredited physical therapy program, and/or demonstrate clinical experience in the orthopedic setting.
  3. Professional behaviors demonstrating an interest in pursuing advanced clinical skills in orthopedics, research, and teaching.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following items to complete the application package:

  1. A personal essay, which will include:
    1. Why do you want to complete this residency vs. other available residencies for physical therapists?
    2. How will this specific residency program contribute to your vision of your career course?
  2. Three letters of professional reference
  3. Transcripts from your physical therapy program (can be unofficial)
  4. Contact information for your prior job positions
  5. Copy of your physical therapy license
  6. Professional resume


To apply for the orthopedic residency, visit the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS), create a login and indicate that you are applying for the Columbia University / New York Presbyterian orthopedic physical therapy residency.

Application Cycle Opens: we offer rolling admissions, so you can apply across the year
Application Deadline: December 1, 2024
Interview Notification: early to mid-January the following year.
Interviews: completed by end of February the following year.
Decision Notifications By: first week of March the following year.


One-year program registration is $7,000 paid in two installments, over the course of the first 6-8 months of the residency.

You will be responsible for your living expenses and transportation to clinical facilities. There are options for public transportation, but those options are determined by where the resident may choose to live. A car may be necessary. Upon request, we can provide recommendations for housing.

While a resident, you may be able to defer student loans; check with your individual lender(s) on their requirements.

Finalists will be interviewed prior to acceptance into the residency program. Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2026.

The admissions committee reviews all applications. Suitable candidates are asked to interview with the Residency Director and Clinical Director(s). After interviews are completed, the admissions committee reviews the applicants and offers the residency to the best candidate. The desired candidate is asked to respond to the offer within one week.