Orthopedic Residency Program

The Concordia University Orthopedic Residency Program is committed to developing physical therapists who demonstrate clinical expertise in orthopedic practice, a dedication to teaching, and a passion for service to the profession and community.

The Residency program provides Residents with a variety of patient care, mentoring, educational, research, observation and teaching opportunities. Upon completion of the residency program, residents will excel as orthopedic physical therapy practitioners, work collaboratively with other members of the health care team, and educate current and future health care providers regarding orthopedic related content.

Program Highlights:

  • Currently we are accepting two Residents annually
  • A 12 month Residency Program beginning August 1st through July 31st
  • The Concordia University Orthopedic Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional Residency program for physical therapists in Orthopedics
  • Annual tuition $15,000
ABPTRFE Accredited

Opportunities Provided Throughout the Residency Program:

  • Teaching CUW students across multiple disciplines
  • Assisting with Continuing Education courses
  • Preparation for OCS Examination
  • Preparation for advanced manual therapy credentials
  • Direct patient care at a collaborative Aurora Healthcare Facility
  • Physician Shadowing opportunity in clinic & surgery
  • 1:1 clinic mentoring one afternoon/ week
  • Collaborative Research opportunities with faculty


  • Flexible on-line lectures and learning modules through Blackboard
  • Face-to-face lab experiences at CUW
  • Supplemental local, weekend continuing education courses
  • Routine access to faculty and mentor

Employee Benefits:

  • Clinic Pay/ Stipend through Aurora Healthcare is commensurate with experience @ 36 hrs/wk
  • Health, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Holidays and PTO of approximately 3 weeks/ year
  • Disability/ Life Insurance
  • Retirement options
  • Opportunities for Tuition Reimbursement

Qualifications for Admission:

  • Eligible for Physical Therapy licensure in State of WI
  • Graduate of accredited entry level Physical Therapy Program
  • Possess a strong interest in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application through RF-PTCAS
  • Three letters of reference. One letter must be from a faculty member of your entry-level program
  • Personal essay explaining your interest in this residency and appropriate candidacy
  • Application Due Date: 02/01/17

Typical Resident Week

For additional information about the Concordia University Orthopedic Residency Program, please contact:

Dale Gerke, PT, MPT, ScD, OCS, COMT
Director of CUW Orthopedic Residency Program
12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097