Physical Therapy Postprofessional Programs Receive Accreditation


Mercer University's Department of Physical Therapy offers postprofessional residency and fellowship programs. Residency programs include Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Neurologic Physical Therapy in collaboration with the Shepherd Center, and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy, and the fellowship program is in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Donnelly, Director of Postprofessional Education, these programs have received full accreditation through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The Orthopaedic Residency completed a reaccreditation visit in March 2016 and was awarded full accreditation through April 2026. The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency and the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship both completed initial accreditation visits in August 2015 with full accreditation awarded through September 2020. The Neurologic Residency in collaboration with the Shepherd Center is accredited through December 2017 with a reaccreditation visit scheduled within the next year. As a result of these postprofessional programs, 29 physical therapists have received specialty certification; 25 have received orthopaedic clinical specialization, 4 have received neurologic clinical specialization, and 1 has received cardiovascular and pulmonary certification.