Wingate University and Carolinas HealthCare System will begin offering a residency program in January for practicing physical therapists who want to specialize in working with patients who have neurological disorders, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
The neurologic physical therapy residency program will be the first of its kind in North Carolina. Applications will be accepted from May 31 until June 30. Those chosen will begin the 12-month program in January.
Residents will work 32 hours a week at Carolinas HealthCare hospitals and rehabilitation clinics and will take online classes through Wingate, where they will also meet for small-group discussions. Carolinas HealthCare will pay the tuition for all residents, and will pay them salaries and benefits.
After a year’s training, residents will be able to take an exam to become certified in advanced neurologic physical therapy care by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Only 36 accredited neurologic physical therapy residency programs are offered in the United States.