Evidence In Motion (EIM) works closely with a number of DPT Programs to place students into terminal clinical internships and Residency upon graduation and licensure.

Frequently Asked Questions:



How is this program different than a traditional DPT program?

· The curriculum is delivered in a blended learning format using a combination of faculty-directed online coursework and onsite lab instruction.
· The flexible educational model allows students to live anywhere in the country and commute for quarterly onsite lab intensives.
· The 3-year academic curriculum is compressed into 2 calendar years, reducing the overall duration and cost of DPT education.
· The academic and clinical faculty are top-notch in every way and represent some of the foremost leaders in education, research, and practice in the profession.

How long is the clinical internship?

23 weeks

Is there a structure provided to the clinical instructors to help the clinical experience be meaningful?

Yes. Clinical instructors and students work with the academic program to progress students through clinical curriculum. The materials provided to the students and CI’s begin with foundational modules for basic skills, with required skills checks by the clinical instructor. The students are then progressed into the next phase, where they will be working with the clinical instructor to identify and present their evaluation of a patient. This provides opportunities for the student to develop the basis of their capstone, which will be further developed over the course of the internship.

Do you require sites to interview students prior to placement?

No, but if the facility is offering a residency spot to the student upon graduation then the site will usually opt to interview potential candidates for both the clinical internship and residency placements.

Do students have to stay at the same site for the entire time?

It is preferred, as the goal is to develop the student into a practitioner ready to see any diagnosis and level of medical complexity that walks in the door. A heavy focus on clinical reasoning and exposure to a varied caseload is strongly preferred.

Do the clinical instructors need to have advanced certifications or training?

Though it is strongly preferred, it is not required. The basic requirements are: at least one year of experience with clinical practice, competence within the patient population they are serving, and expressed interest in having a student and a commitment to assisting each student throughout the clinical experience to achieve the goals and objectives of clinical education. Additional preferred, but not required, qualifications for a clinical instructor include professional membership in the APTA, clinical instructor credentialing, ABPTS clinical specialist certification, or other advanced certifications or competencies in the area of practice in which clinical instruction is provided.

Are students expected to transition to residency following graduation?

Generally, the student will have identified their desire to pursue residency placement before interviewing and selecting your site for their clinical rotation if your facility offers that option.

What is the timeframe for placement?

Students will fill out their Student Profile approximately 10 months prior to the 23 week internship. The coordinator will identify the facilities and number of residency spots being offered and will make them viewable in the Clinical Database. Students will view, select, and rank their top choices for placement based on filters for residency or no residency, type of residency, and location or company. Sites will be able to view student profiles and interviews will be coordinated with the students approximately 6 months prior to the start date of the internship. Sites will rank the student preferences based on interview performance and Clinical Database information, and students will have the opportunity to re-rank immediately following interviews. Students will then be matched to the sites as closely as possible to their preferences. Students and clinical sites will be notified of internship/residency matches approximately 4 months prior to the start of the internship.

How do I gain access to the student and facility online matching platform?

Please email Monica Fielding ([email protected]) to gain access to the student matching platform.

Do I pay the students during the internship?

The students may be paid a stipend however the facility deems appropriate depending on the level of productivity and supervision required. This is completely optional and not required.

How many total lab hours do students complete during the course of the program?

Students complete a minimum of 520 hours of structured lab during the program. Additional unstructured lab hours are also required, and faculty supervision is provided.

Have students had any clinical experience prior to the 23-week clinical internship?

Yes, students have had an initial 8-wk clinical rotation at the beginning of their second year in the program.

How does the 23-week clinical internship transition into a paid residency position?

Once the student graduates and passes the NPTE the licensed clinician will then transition into a paid post-licensure residency program in a variety of specialty practice areas to prepare for board certification. Because the student will have graduated and be licensed, our clinical education partners can maintain consistency with their students over a ~18-month period, the majority of which occurs post-licensure during residency training. This model helps mitigate billing and compliance challenges we currently face as clinical education providers with students primarily in a pre-licensure model.

Am I required to hire the resident as a full-time staff therapist once he/she successfully completes the residency?

No, this is not a requirement. Some host sites might use the residency as a mechanism to recruit staff therapists committed to staying on board with the practice post residency. Other sites might use the residency as an ongoing staffing model in which they recruit a new resident(s) each year, with a few residents eventually translating into hires depending on need and qualifications. Hiring decisions post residency remains solely at the discretion of the host site and resident. The residency does allow the host site to evaluate the resident (and for the resident to evaluate the host site) over an extended period to determine if he/she is a good fit for your staff and patient population.

How long does it take to complete the EIM residency program?

Similar to other APTA credentialed residency programs, EIM’s Residency program can be completed in 12-15 months. Our accelerated curriculum and “anytime, anywhere” content facilitates additional patient exposure and mentoring opportunities for residents. The program’s comprehensive curriculum covers the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) for each residency specialty (i.e. Orthopaedics, Sports, Geriatric, and Neurology). After the resident successfully completes the APTA accredited residency program, he/she is eligible to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) specialty examination

What costs are associated with the EIM Residency Program?

In the EIM residency model the host site agrees to pay the Residency tuition, and the resident can expect to earn a residency salary that is approximately 60-70% of a typical entry level PT’s compensation in an outpatient practice setting while in the program. Given that the resident will typically represent a .9 FTE equivalent, the Residency model allows the site to recruit a top notch PT enrolled in a residency program at approximately the same cost or less than hiring a new graduate without residency training. Upon completion of the Residency, the employer and the resident can negotiate further contract terms if they choose. Current tuition rates for each of the EIM Residency Programs can be found on the EIM Website at: https://www.evidenceinmotion.com/educational-offerings/course_cat/residencies/
Materials are included in the tuition price of both residency models. In addition, each student is responsible for their own travel and accommodations for the weekend intensives.

What are the Roles and Requirements of Residency Mentors?

Primary mentors must be a board certified specialists (OCS, SCS, NCS*) by the ABPTS. Secondary mentors who possess additional training/certification/expertise that will facilitate a beneficial mentorship experience may be approved by the Program Director. Mentors must be actively engaged in patient care and able to spend time in the clinic with the resident. Mentoring may NOT be provided in a physician owned physical therapy services (POPTS) or a referral for profit (RFP) clinical situation. Mentors must agree to participate in and support the EIM Mentorship Program and processes and be approved by the Program Director. All mentors will be provided with specific training on the expectations of mentorship, models for mentoring, etc. We also encourage all of our mentors to progress through the curriculum with the student, which helps the mentor stay current with current discussions, evidence-based practice and areas to focus throughout the curriculum.
*Neurologic Residency Mentors who are not board certified, but have at least 3 years of experience may be approved by the Program Directors.

What areas of study do you offer for EIM Residency training?

As of January 2016, EIM offers an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program, Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program, and a Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program* each accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).
*In partnership with the Neuro Recovery Training Institute (NRTI).

*ABPTRFE is the accrediting body for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for postprofessional residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy.

Will the intern need to apply to residency with EIM?

Yes, upon graduation, the graduate will need to apply to the EIM Residency program. Applications can be found on the EIM website on the landing page for their respective program of choice.

What are the admission requirements for the residency?

Specific admission requirements for each program can be found on the program landing page at www.evidenceinmotion.com. Basic requirements include:
1. All residents accepted into the program must have successfully completed an APTA-accredited professional physical therapy curriculum.
2. All residents must have a current license to practice physical therapy. This license must not be under suspension, revocation, probationary status or subject to disciplinary proceedings or inquiry.
3. All residents must be active members of the APTA.
4. All residents must have current CPR certification.

Can my resident start the residency before they are licensed?

Due to the set dates of the National Physical Therapy Examination, occasionally, the residency coursework starts before the graduate is fully licensed. EIM will allow them to start the residency coursework before being licensed as a “pre-resident”. Once the graduate has become licensed and provided a copy of their license to EIM’s Admissions Department, their student status will be updated from “conditionally approved” to “approved-enrolled”.

How do I become a host site?

To get additional information on how to become a host site please email [email protected]eimpt.com.

How can I learn more about EIM residency options?

Please contact EIM’s Admissions Department ([email protected] or call 1-888-709-7096) for additional information.