Baylor Scott & White Health - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Neurologic Residency Program

Physical therapy residency programs are unique learning experiences that guide learners into specialty practice. The Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) Neurologic Residency will provide academic and clinical mentorship to launch a resident into specialty practice, addressing neurologic conditions across the continuum of care.

With a full range of services (acute care, inpatient rehab and outpatient neuro clinics), the program is a partnership between BSWH – Hillcrest in Waco and UMHB in Belton. Both institutions are grounded in Christian principles and a commitment to excellence, while addressing the needs of underserved communities.

The resident will work as a clinician at BSWH, receiving guided learning experiences focused on evidence-based practice. The residency will provide access to a diverse patient mix across multiple practice settings and will be facilitated by staff trained in neurorehabilitation.

Completion of a Neurologic Residency provides the resident a fast-track pathway to prepare for, and sit for, the ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist exam.

The program will have 1 resident each cycle, which is 12 months in duration.

Program Goals

  • The program will provide post-professional education in advanced neurologic practice.
  • The program's mission will be in alignment with the sponsoring organizations' missions and values.
  • The program will provide advanced neurologic education that is current and aligned with the most recent version of the Neurologic Description of Residency Practice from ABPTRFE.
  • The program will demonstrate long-term sustainability.

About the Program


The residency is not yet accredited as this is the inaugural year.

First year residency programs undergo a 26-month accreditation process via the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Throughout this candidacy year, BSWH and the UMHB will be in contact with ABPTRFE and submit documentation on the program’s progress. In addition to documentation, surveyors from ABPTRFE will complete an on-site visit to meet with leadership, mentors, the resident, and other stakeholders.

A final decision on accreditation will be made by June 2022.

Program Locations

This residency is a partnership between BSWH and UMHB.

  • The didactic portion will occur at the UMHB campus in Belton, TX.
  • Clinical inpatient care will be provided at BSWH – Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco TX, both in the Acute Care and Inpatient Rehab settings.
  • Outpatient care will occur at the Neuro Clinic in Waco and at the CRU Community Clinic at UMHB in Belton.
  • There will also be opportunity for other shadowing experiences throughout Central Texas.

The program is divided into three sections that mirror the path of patient throughout an episode of care:

  • Acute Care: 12 weeks
  • Inpatient Rehab: 23 weeks
  • Outpatient Neuro: 17 weeks

These durations are subject to change in order to meet ABPTRFE requirements.

The resident will work Monday through Friday, typical day hours, including weekend coverage every 4-6 weeks in inpatient practices (with comp days off).

Dress code

  • Dress code for BSWH includes black or red scrubs for inpatient practices and business causal for outpatient locations
  • Dress code at UMHB is business casual.

Program Locations

Outpatient care

Baylor Scott & White MacArthur Outpatient Rehabilitation
2201 MacArthur Dr Ste 100, Waco, TX 76708

Clinical inpatient care

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest*
100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd, Waco, TX 76712

* Both acute care and inpatient rehab settings

Didactic portion

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Baylor Circle, Belton, TX 76513


Pay is 65% of a physical therapist salary, paid out every 2 weeks, to accommodate the non-clinical time in mentoring and training.

The resident will be an employee of BSWH and will be eligible for full-time benefits, including medical, dental, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, 401k matching, and more. In addition, residents will gradually accrue 3+ weeks of PTO, although PTO during the first 3-months is not encouraged.

About the benefits package

Education Stipend

BSWH values the advancement of practice and commitment to lifelong learning. An education stipend will be provided at $1500 during the residency and up to 3 paid days (in addition to PTO) for pre-approved continuing education expenses. Part of this stipend will be used to attend APTA CSM (Combined Section Meeting).

Requirements and How to Apply

Application Requirements

Candidates must have graduated from a CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program and be fully licensed by March 1, 2021. Students in their final year in good academic standing are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

Applications are due by November 8, 2021.  Applicants should email program coordinator Autumne Hollingsworth at Autumne.Hollingsworth@BSWHealth.org and include the following:

  • Cover letter, including a personal reflection outlining desire to join a residency program and treat patients with neurologic impairments (not to exceed 1-page)
  • Two letters of recommendation from licensed physical therapists (include contact information for reference purposes)
  • One character reference (with contact information for reference purpose)
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended in the last 5 years

Contact Us

Autumne Hollingsworth
Email: Autumne.Hollingsworth@BSWHealth.org

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In addition to a competitive stipend, the resident will be an employee of BSWH and will be eligible for full-time benefits.

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