Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency Program

About the Program

The MUSC Physical Therapy Geriatric Residency program aims to elevate practice promoting optimal aging and improving the health of older adults through movement. The program is holistic by including the social determinants of health and integrating best practices understanding the role of the interprofessional team. Topics will include professionalism, patient management, communication, motivational theory, the 5 Ms of geriatric practice (matters most, mobility, mentation, medication, multicomplexity), and the 3 Ds of cognition (delirium, dementia & depression.)

The residency is designed as a hybrid program, blending clinical experience, and mentoring with online and in-person didactic work. Throughout the residency, the resident will attend weekly virtual meetings as well as four intensive weekends in Charleston, SC throughout the year.

This program is designed to advance your practice and prepare you for the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist Certification (GCS) Examination.

About MUSC

MUSC has a rich 40+ year history of educating physical therapists at the entry- and post-professional levels. Our academic and clinical faculty have many years of clinical and educational experience in various specialties, holding board certifications in orthopedic, neurological, and pediatric physical therapy.

Program Mission

In support of the mission of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Division of Physical Therapy, the mission of MUSC Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency is to develop reflective practitioners who constantly seek evidence to promote excellence in patient care; optimize functional outcomes; improve the health of older adults; optimize aging; and utilize financial and physical resources efficiently. Likewise, the residency strives to promote a lifetime of learning among the residency graduates; develop a culture of continuous improvement; and identify opportunities to shape the future of geriatric physical therapist practice.

Residency Outcomes

Graduation Rate

  • Data will be available when the first cohort graduates.

ABPTS Geriatric Specialty Exam Pass Rate

  • Data will be available when the first cohort completes the exam.