The Brooks/UNF Orthopaedic Residency program was the first orthopaedic physical therapy residency program accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) within the state of Florida. This program collaborates with the University of North Florida and local health care experts to help prepare individuals for both clinical and professional advancement. This program is one year in length and consists of three components that include didactic/psychomotor classes, clinical mentoring and supervision, and directed learning activities. In addition, case study presentations 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.

Program Highlights:

– 150 hours of 1:1 on site clinical mentoring
– Full salary and benefits with Brooks Rehabilitation
– Shared experience with our 9 Residency and Fellowship Programs
– No tuition
– Enjoy opportunities to collaborate with 80 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).

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

2020 Non-Residency Graduates
2020 Orthopaedic Residency Graduates
Brooks IHL Orthopaedic Residency Graduates – 10 year average

Program Coordinator:

Trent Harrison

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 2nd Friday in June.
  • Must meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing Physical Therapist within Brooks Rehabilitation.
  • Must demonstrate eligibility for membership within the APTA.
  • Applications open from October 1, 2021 – January 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET