Residency in Neurological Physiotherapy | VA Long Beach Healthcare

VA Long Beach Health Care System (VALBHS) is pleased to announce the future formation of a physical therapy neurotherapy residency program. This developing program will offer a one-time position for a one-year residency, with a full-time position through VA Long Beach, tentatively beginning in July 2023.

Admission standards

Interested applicants should submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service for Residencies and Fellowships (RF-PTCAS). Current DPT students are eligible to apply, provided they are cleared before the tentative start date. In addition, they must meet the following criteria:

Minimum standards

  • American citizen
  • English proficiency
  • Current, full, active, unlimited license to practice physical therapy in the United States OR a current doctoral student from a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program who graduates and obtains their license prior to the start of residency
  • Ability to comply with the application and use requirements of the LBVAMC, including:
    • Participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program
    • Accept random drug testing
    • Registration for Selective Service is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • Background/Security Investigation
    • Participate in the seasonal flu vaccination program
    • Selected candidates will be required to complete the onboarding process
    • Additional eligibility information is available at

Notice of Non-Discrimination/Reasonable Accommodation

The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or any other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the recruitment agency directly. Decisions on reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Duration of the agreement

This neurology residency will be completed within 12 months, with a maximum of 2,080 hours of teaching and patient care. The Resident is interned as a temporary employee of the VA, during this period of training. The expected start date for each academic year is early July and will end at the end of June the following year.

Benefits for residents

Standard benefits for a VA resident include:

  • 11 paid federal holidays
  • 4 hours sick leave (SL) per pay period, every two weeks (up to 104 hours over 26 pay periods)
  • 4 hours of annual leave (AL) per pay period, every two weeks (up to 104 hours over 26 pay periods)
  • Interns with a one-year commitment are eligible for federal employee health care benefits. However, they are not eligible for benefits such as Vision, Dental, FMLA (eg paid parental leave).
  • Registration for Neuroconsortium webinars and on-site learning will be paid for by the program to supplement residents’ independent learning activities. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the resident.
  • Other: Professional membership dues (APTA and neurology section membership) are the responsibility of the resident.

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