Eligibility requirements

The Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency at UW Health and American Family Children’s Hospital is a new full-time, 13-month program.


To be eligible for the Pediatric Physical Therapist Residency Program you must:

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program.
  • Be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Obtain NPI number prior to starting the residency program.
  • New graduates should take the NBPT Exam no later than April in order to be eligible to start the program in July.

New graduates with a significant interest in pediatric physical therapy are eligible to apply.


To obtain information on licensing, contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Application process

  • Current resume/CV
  • Cover letter that addresses the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in completing a Pediatric Residency Program?
    • What are your specific areas of interest?
    • What makes you the right candidate for this program?
    • Why are you interested in applying to this residency program?
    • What are your future career goals?
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two professional references)
  • Submit all required material to Merdman2@uwhealth.org

Application dates

  • The application period will open Jan. 15, 2024
  • The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2024
  • Interviews will occur in March, 2024
  • The expected offering date is Apr. 1, 2024