Sports Physical Therapy Residency

ABPTRFE logoAdventist Health Glendale's (AHGL) Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program focuses on providing clinical training for physical therapists that accelerates their professional development in becoming a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy.

AHGL is an accredited physical therapy sports residency by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

General Details

The residency runs for 12 consecutive months, covering a full season each of fall, winter and spring sports. The curriculum combines didactic coursework, mentorship experience, on-field experience and resident-directed learning along with direct clinical practice hours with sports physical therapy patients.

Residents are employed in a full-time benefitted position by AHGL and receive a program-adjusted salary for specific residency hours.

Residency Goals

  • Exhibit the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Perform the highest level of health care for patients at AHGL.
  • Competence with utilizing the evidence-based practice of physical therapy.
  • Obtain all skills, knowledge and ability to take the ABPTS board certification as a certified specialist in sports physical therapy.

The residency consists of five domains:

Mentorship (150 hours) - With APTA board certified specialist

Clinical Practice in Sports Physical Therapy (1,800 hours)

Didactic Education (100 hours)

  • Rehabilitation and return to sport.
  • Management of acute injury and illness.
  • Medical/Surgical considerations.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Sports performance enhancement.
  • Professional roles/responsibilities.

On-Field Experience (400 hours) – At local high schools, colleges and other sports venues.

Resident-Directed Learning (150 hours)

  • Capstone project.
  • Conferences and seminars.
  • Other professional involvement.

Eligibility/Application Requirements

Minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Entry-level physical therapy degree.
  • California physical therapy licensure.
  • AHGL employment prior to start of residency.
  • American Red Cross Emergency Responder certification or athletic trainer certification prior to start of the residency.

Applications will be evaluated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Academic education.
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences.
  • Clinical experience in outpatient sports physical therapy.
  • Community service.

To apply for the upcoming residency year, please visit RF-PTCAS for details and deadlines.

Contact Us

Kirk R. Bentzen, PT, DPT, MBA
Residency Director

2560 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 255-5409
Fax: (323) 255-5732