Fellowship & Residencies Information

Information about Residencies from ABPTRFE
Physical Therapy Residency Information Webinar

What is a Cardiopulmonary Residency?  

A post-professional planned learning experience comprised of a curriculum encompassing the essential knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of an advanced physical therapist within cardiopulmonary physical therapy. A residency program prepares the physical therapist with the requisite knowledge and skill set needed to pass the certification examination following graduation.  

Who should consider Residency? 

  • Both new graduates and experienced clinicians 
  • Those interested in advancing the profession of physical therapy by establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of excellence
  • Those interested in becoming a cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist
  • Those interested in advancing their knowledge in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy to better serve their patients. 

  What is the advantage of doing a CV&P Residency? 

  • Fast track to board certification:  You are eligible to sit for the specialty board exam immediately following residency graduation
  • You are guaranteed 1:1 mentorship with experienced clinicians within the specialty area with a minimum of 150 hours throughout the residency program
  • Directed didactic education to facilitate knowledge acquisition within cardiovascular and pulmonary areas
  • Assistance with developing your case study or your data analysis project for your board specialty application 
  • Opportunities for professional presentations and research involvement 
  • Opportunities to assist in academic education  


Where are the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residencies? 

Accredited and Candidate Programs Listing

How do you apply? 

Many programs utilize RF-PTCAS for their admission process

For programs that do not participate in RF-PTCAS, please contact them directly for their admission process.   

What should you consider to determine the right program for you? 

  • Are you able to relocate? If so, do you have specific places you would consider relocating to? 
  • What is the patient population of the residency? Some have a greater emphasis on certain settings and may provide more learning opportunities in critical care or more learning opportunities in outpatient settings.  
  • Who would be your mentors?  Do you have specific mentors you wish to learn from?
  • What is the didactic component? How is it provided? 
  • What do past residents say about the program? 
  • Are there program fees and what is included in the fee?
  • What are the salary and benefits of the program?
  • What are the program application deadlines and start times?  

Previous residents and their statements about residency: 

“One of the most rewarding years of my life.”

Colin Freeman, DPT
UT Southwestern CVP Residency 

“This is allowing me to dive deeper into this specialty and gain advanced clinical knowledge and skills with high complexity patients in multiple ICUs. Mentorship was also an important component for me, especially as a new grad”

Cydney Nagridge, DPT
Piedmont-Mercer CVP PT Residency 

“It’s possible...and it’s worth it.”

Crystal Gluch, DPT
VA Ann Arbor CVP PT Residency 

"These skills will help me to develop plans of care for these complex patients to help them optimize their function in everyday life and work toward their personal goals." 

Hayleigh Paljieg, DPT
Madison VA CVP PT Residency