Minimum eligibility criteria for admissions are agreed upon by core program faculty, and serve in part to meet minimum requirements to be successful in the program. The minimum criteria includes the following:
- Graduate from the CAPTE (Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education) accredited physical therapy program and be duly qualified and eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of South Dakota, and have the ability to be licensed by the program start date.
- If graduating from an entry-level PT program, residents must disclose their examination date to the Program Director at the time of admission.
- It is required by the program that candidates have their physical therapy licensure completed (not a temporary license) by the program start date (July 1).
- Hold (in good standing) a current license to practice physical therapy in South Dakota.
- Meet all eligibility requirements to be employed as a practicing physical therapist within Sanford Health, in addition to passing a criminal background check and meeting vaccination requirements.
- Complete “Emergency Response” course offered by American Academy of Sports Physical Therapist (APTA) prior to beginning the program. You may waive this requirement with evidence you possess other emergency response credentials (ATC, EMT).
- Hold active certification in CPR/BLS from the American Red Cross of American Heart Association.
- Comply with necessary requirements to be employed as a physical therapist within Sanford Health.
Initial applicants are selected for interviews, as determined by an admissions committee consisting of the residency director and residency faculty/mentors. Selected candidates are required to do an on-site interview, where candidates provide a 15-minute educational presentation, as well as a 15-minute session devoted to a specific patient case scenario.
Pertaining to the recruitment, admission, retention, and dismissal of program participants, the residency program shall offer equal opportunities in employment and for access to and participation in educational, extension, and other services to all persons qualified by academic preparation, experience, and ability for the various levels of employment or academic program or other institutional service, without discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination. The residency program reaffirms its commitment to the objectives of affirmative action, equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with the state and federal law. Redress for alleged violations of those laws may be pursued at law or through the procedures established by Sanford Health.
Admission decisions are made without regard to disabilities. All prospective residents are expected to present credentials at or above the minimum standards for admission and meet any technical standards that may be required for admission to the residency program. If you are a prospective resident with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process, please contact Human Resources at Sanford Health.
Federal Law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2009).
Prospective participants are evaluated by an admission committee consisting of the residency director and residency faculty/mentors.