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Take Your Career to the Next Level 

The Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is held at Samaritan Athletic Medicine, known as The SAM, a state-of-the-art facility located on the campus of Oregon State University. The SAM serves Oregon State University Beaver athletes and recreational athletes in the mid-Willamette Valley. Residents will complete their on-the-field coverage with OSU athletics. Clinical mentoring will occur both in the training room and in the clinic. Every aspect of our program was designed to train residents to be competent sports medicine therapists and prepare them to take and pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties exam in Sports Physical Therapy to become a Sports Certified Specialist.

This program offers a paid staff physical therapist position at Samaritan Athletic Medicine, and salary is commensurate with revenue-generating clinical time. Full benefits of this position include health insurance, liability insurance and assistance for professional development. Funding to attend the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting is offered to all residents.

Curriculum & Didactics


  • One-on-one mentoring at OSU Athletic Training Room (2 hours/week)
  • One-on-one mentoring at Samaritan Athletic Medicine Clinic (1-2 hours/week)
  • Non-mentored patient care (27 hours/week)
  • Physician shadowing (30 hours/year)
  • OSU Athletics event coverage (5-10 hours/week)


  • Weekly journal club conference (.5 hour/week)
  • Weekly residency didactic conference (1 hour/week)
  • Gross anatomy seminars (2-4 hours/year)
  • Manual therapy lab (4.5 hours/year)
  • CSM attendance


The Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program faculty and staff are experts in their field who are committed to helping residents take the next step in their career.

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Application Process

Applications for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program should be completed through the American Physical Therapy Association’s centralized application system RF-PTCAS. Top candidates will be interviewed at The SAM on the Oregon State University campus during January and February.

Please note: In order to attend a sports medicine residency program, residents must possess one of the following before starting the program: an ATC, EMT or have taken an Emergency Medical Response (EMR) course. A list of approved EMR courses can be found on the Sports Section website. The courses offered through the Sports Section have been approved by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and meet the requirements to apply and sit for the Sports Specialist Certification examination. In addition, a discount on these courses is offered to those individuals already accepted into a residency program.

For questions or more information, please contact the Program Director at or 541-768-1437.