Norton Healthcare Home
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)
Bookmark and Share

Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program

Norton Healthcare, in conjunction with Bellarmine University, is pleased to present a residency program for physical therapists interested in pursuing a career in neurological physical therapy. The program offers opportunities to prepare physical therapists to become board certified neurological specialists.

The Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program, in conjunction with Norton Neuroscience Institute and Bellarmine University, will support the mission of Norton Healthcare by providing high-quality health care and education to all those we serve in a manner that responds to the needs of our communities, honors our faith heritage and celebrates our values. This patient-centered program will provide advanced physical therapy clinical training and will promote the application of evidence-based knowledge and skills with emphasis on service and lifelong learning. This environment will produce leaders with advanced neurological rehabilitation training to make a lasting contribution to their local and professional communities. Through this program, residents and staff will educate, advocate, empower and improve the quality of life of our patients, their families, caregivers and our community.


Program details
The program is 52 weeks long and begins each January. A typical week includes approximately 26 hours of nonmentored clinical practice, 3 hours of mentored clinical practice, 1 to 2 hours resident/physician conferences and/or didactic coursework, 2 to 4 hours teaching in neuroscience and rehabilitation courses, 4 hours attending specialty clinics or shadowing physicians, 2 hours conducting clinical research and 1 hour providing community service.

For more details please refer to the following documents:

Residents have the opportunity to treat patients with various neurological diagnoses across the acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY. Each resident spends time in specialty clinics and with therapists and physicians who are specialists in their field. This residency also includes teaching responsibilities for entry-level neurological lectures and laboratories at Bellarmine University's Division of Physical Therapy. Residents also participate in clinical research, complete a case study and participate in coursework with focus on advanced neurologic physical therapy evaluation and interventions.


  • Clinical rotations and 1:1 mentorship
  • Clinical, foundational and behavioral sciences
  • Differential diagnoses
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Research interpretation
  • Motivation and behavioral assessment and interventions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Radiographic imaging
  • Advanced patient management skills (CVA, SCI, TBI, vestibular, MS and PD)
  • Advanced patient management in pediatrics
  • Community leadership
  • Clinical research
  • Opportunities to gain teaching experience and skills for clinical mentoring

Residency Application
Deadline for submission of application is August 29.

This program participates in a Residency/Fellowship Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS)

For more information and how to apply please visit the following sites:

The resident is responsible for living expenses with no additional tuition for coursework.

Residents must plan for living expenses and transportation to clinical facilities. Suggestions for where to live can be provided on request.

Staff member
Residency includes employment with benefits for the 26 hours a week of clinical practice. This includes full health benefits and malpractice insurance.

Contact us
By email:
By phone: (502) 446-8520

By mail:
Liz Ulanowski, PT, DPT, NCS
Program Manager, Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program
Norton Healthcare
4960 Norton healthcare Blvd 5th floor- Cressman Rehab
Louisville, KY 40241

Past Residency Graduates
Amanda Ball, PT, DPT, NCS
Kara Sims, PT, DPT
Dalie Clark, PT, DPT, NCS

The Norton Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post professional residency program for physical therapists.

Lokomat Therapy

Medical Care


Brain Tumors
Movement Disorders
Multple Sclerosis
Parkinson's Disease
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Spine Care


Norton Neurology Services

Norton Hospital Downtown
Norton Brownsboro Hospital
Norton Audubon Hospital

Neurosciences & Spine Rehabilitation Center

Norton Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Neuro-oncologists and Pediatric Neurologists


Pay Your Bill
Request an Appointment
Classes and Events
Send an eCard
Patient Stories
Places to Stay

About Us

Quality Report
Ways to Help
Community Outreach
Contact Us
(502) 629-1234

Connect with us

© 2015 Norton Healthcare
Serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana