As a world-class organization on the cutting edge of evidence-based practice and professional development, the Brooks IHL Orthopaedic Residency program prepares its residents to educate and care for complex orthopaedic populations. The program is one year in length and consists of three components that include didactic/psychomotor classes, clinical mentoring, and unique learning experiences. In addition, the development of case presentations and written reports prepare the resident for participation in professional conferences and potential submission for publication.

Our Orthopaedic residents have the unique opportunity to practice in state-of-the art outpatient facilities alongside experts in multiple disciplines and specialty populations. In addition, residents from all of the Brooks IHL residency programs comprehensively participate in foundational courses, allowing for development of professional relationships with colleagues of various specialty practice areas.

Currently we offer two Orthopaedic Residencies, one located in Jacksonville, Florida and the other located in Orlando, Florida. Both programs include the same high quality curriculum with a dedicated team of faculty members. Our program in Jacksonville has been accredited with the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) since 2007. ABPTRFE has granted the Brooks Rehabilitation Orthopaedic Residency – Orlando candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

Program Highlights:

– 150 hours of 1:1 on site clinical mentoring
– Full salary and benefits with Brooks Rehabilitation
– Shared experience with our 10 Residency and Fellowship Programs
– Enjoy opportunities to collaborate with 130+ graduates practicing in the Brooks System
– Experiential learning opportunities in multiple settings throughout the Brooks Rehabilitation System of Care


The Brooks Orthopaedic Residency is accredited for Physical Therapists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

The Brooks Orthopaedic Residency in Orlando is in candidacy status with the ABPTRFE.

Board Certification:

The Orthopaedic Residency Program will prepare physical therapists with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification exam in orthopaedics (OCS).

Orthopaedic Board Certification Pass Rate for First Time Takers


2021 Non-Residency Graduates
2021 Orthopaedic Residency Graduates
Brooks IHL Orthopaedic Residency Graduates – 10 year average

Graduation Rate (5 year average) – 100%

Program Faculty:



Program Details


The program curriculum covers everything from advanced orthopaedic practice and clinical problem solving to practice management and educational theory.

  • The residency will be founded on The Five Pillars.
  • The residents will participate in combinations of traditional coursework, directed learning activities, and clinical mentoring.
  • Residents will serve as Brooks Rehabilitation staff for the course of the training.
  • Upon graduation, the residents will serve as clinical leaders and change agents for Brooks Rehabilitation and/or the profession.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Brooks Orthopaedic Residency Program:

  • Must graduate from a CAPTE accredited PT program.
  • Must obtain a Florida PT license or temporary license by the second Friday in June.
  • Must meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing Physical Therapist within Brooks Rehabilitation.
  • Must demonstrate membership within the APTA.
  • Applications are open from February 4, 2023 – June 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET for the 2023-2024 Orlando program.
  • The application cycle is currently closed for the 2023-2024 Jacksonville cohort. Applications will open from October 1, 2023 – January 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET for the 2024-2025 program.