Neurologic PT Residency

The APTA-Credentialed Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is a comprehensive program for licensed physical therapists designed to enhance the clinical reasoning, movement analysis and critical assessment skills of the Resident.

Kessler Institute is nationally recognized for its leadership in the field of medical rehabilitation, including our clinical excellence, leading-edge technologies, research, education and strong community relations. We are proud to be one of only seven federally designated centers for the treatment and research of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as being ranked one of the nation's top rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years.

Our expert Faculty and team of dedicated rehabilitation professionals - many who have earned the distinction of ABPTS Board-Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS) - foster opportunities for the Resident to develop advanced evidence-based skills and clinical expertise in neurologic practice and become a leader in the physical therapy profession.

Residency Program Goals

The goals of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy are to prepare Graduates who will:

  1. Practice advanced clinical decision-making skills, with emphasis on complex neurologic patient management through the lifespan.
  2. Provide superior neurologic clinical practice and highly developed therapy skills that are progressive, evidenced-based, and fiscally responsible.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team, fostering an environment of staff engagement and a culture of learning and growth.
  4. Demonstrate collaboration with the Neurologic Residency Program to ensure a consistent clinical learning experience.
  5. Become a resource to the organization and the community through education of others via professional speaking, clinical teaching, and program development.
  6. Contribute to advancement of the physical therapy profession through research, education, and leadership skills.

Program Components

The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy is a strategically planned Program consisting of a vast range of components designed to advance the specialized skills and clinical expertise of the Resident. The elements of the Program include:

  • Program Year: The Residency is 13 months in length, beginning the first week of June annually and concluding the last day of June the following year.
  • Rotations: The Program consists of rotations to 4 different departments to expose Residents to a range of patients with unique neurologic sequelae, including Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Vestibular Dysfunction, and Parkinson's Disease with each inpatient rotation emphasizing a specific core diagnostic category:
    • Kessler Saddle Brook Inpatient Department (Stroke)
    • Kessler Chester Inpatient Department (Brain Injury)
    • Kessler West Orange Inpatient Department (Spinal Cord Injury)
    • Kessler Outpatient Therapy Department
  • Billable Treatment Time: The Resident participates in billable treatment time averaging 24 hours per week with a focus on evaluation and treatment of patients in varied diagnostic categories outlined in the APTA Neurologic Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).
  • Mentored Time:: The Resident receives more than 150 hours of 1:1 patient-centered mentored time with expert PT Residency Faculty, including 19 who have the distinguished designation of ABPTS Board-Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS).
  • Didactic: Kessler's Residency Program has partnered with the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium. This coursework offers didactic education that assists the Resident in successful completion of the Program and in preparation for specialty certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy. The Consortium includes two four-day live courses, a 26-webinar series, and participation in journal clubs. In addition to the Consortium, the Resident will also be provided with on-site learning experiences including specialty clinics, grand rounds, interdisciplinary observations, exposure to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and in-services and lectures provided by members of the Faculty.
  • Teaching Opportunity The Resident serves as a Teaching Assistant, Lab Instructor, and Guest Speaker to Doctoral Physical Therapy (DPT) students at two local universities in their respective Neurologic Physical Therapy Courses. The Resident additionally has a range of opportunities for professional speaking at Kessler across all rotations.
  • Research: The Resident will be given the opportunity to participate in research through a number of avenues throughout the Residency year. This may include participation in a current research project with a member of the Kessler Foundation, research collaboration with a member of the Residency Faculty, or development of a novel research project.

Application Process

The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy admits two residents each year. Candidates must be current Kessler therapists with less than two years of experience. The application process includes a two-part interview held in in February/March and the residents are notified of their selection by April 1st of the Program Year. There is no application fee. For more information about the Residency Program or application process, please contact Arielle Resnick, PT, DPT, Program Director, at 201.368.6221 or [email protected].

To apply for employment as a therapist at Kessler Institute and become eligible for the Neurologic Residency Program, please contact Lauren McGrady at [email protected].

Contact Us

For more information, contact Arielle Resnick, PT, DPT, Residency Program Director, at 201.368.6221 or [email protected].