Abilene Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency

APTOR logoThe Abilene Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency (APTOR) Program is located in Abilene, Texas. APTOR was created as a collaboration between three independent organizations, Hendrick Medical Center (HMC), West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) and Hardin-Simmons Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (HSU). All three organizations pride themselves on hard work, great outcomes and Christian ministry. Our program faculty offers a wide variety of diversity in their physical therapy background, which is a strength for this program. The common goal of APTOR is to develop highly skilled, compassionate physical therapists who excel in orthopedic physical therapy and in delivering ministerial service.

APTOR offers a varied orthopedic curriculum with a strong emphasis in evaluation and differential diagnosis, and manual therapy techniques including dry needling, exercise prescription, and mentorship/teaching.

Residents will achieve more than 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring and more than 300 hours of classroom and lab instruction. Unique to this residency is the ability to teach to DPT students at HSU and provide pro bono services through the HSU campus clinic.

Our mentoring faculty hold an array of advanced credentials of teaching including FAAOMPT, OCS, ScD, C-DN, COMT, CHT, WHS, TPI, PRPC, MEd, CSCS, and K-Vest .

Geographically Abilene is located about 2 hours west of the DFW area. Abilene is home to Dyess Air Force Base and three private universities, offering a wide range of experiences to the orthopedic clinician.

Contact Us

Marsha D Rutland-Professor of Physical Therapy at the Holland School of Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Marsha Rutland

Professor of Physical Therapy 325-670-1337


  • Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency

Why do your physical therapy orthopedic residency in Abilene?


To develop highly skilled, compassionate physical therapists who provide excellent orthopedic care grounded in evidence supported practice and service.

Physical Therapy room

Core Values

*Evidence-Supported Practice

Program Details

The resident position will be paid by Hendrick Medical Center and West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) at 80% of the rate of a new graduate. The intern will work 8 hours per week teaching at Hardin-Simmons University as the resident is going through residency training of 32 hours/week at Hendrick Medical Center and West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC). This intern/resident position will assist in teaching first and second year HSU DPT students and providing care at the HSU pro-bono PT clinic.

The residency program is a one-year commitment to Hendrick Medical Center, West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC), and Hardin-Simmons University with completion after 12 months in the program.

Essential Duties/Basic Responsibilities

Assist as Teaching Assistant in Kinesiology, Anatomy, Musculoskeletal I and II, and provide pro-bono services in the HSU PT Campus Clinic.

How long is the residency? 12 months

When does the program start? November 2021 and then annually beginning in January 2022.

APTOR Program Goals

The goals of the APTOR residency program for the resident include the following:

  1. Graduate residents who demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and skill required for specialist orthopedic clinical practice and seek board certification through the American Board of PT Specialists (ABPTS).
  2. Prepare residents to contribute to the Physical Therapy profession at a state or national meeting, or through publication.
  3. Prepare residents to provide services in a healthcare community through leadership, service and teaching opportunities.

APTOR Prerequisites 

  1. Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  2.  Current PT licensure in the state of Texas
  3. Have no felony convictions or other legal issues that would prevent the candidate from practicing PT, and in good standing with the Texas PT Board
  4. Recommendation letters (1 from faculty, 1 from CI or professional colleague)
  5. One-page document explaining why they are a good candidate for this program
  6. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  7. Current CPR/BLS certification
  8. Member of APTA, ortho section and TPTA
  9. Transcripts

Link to apply: https://hsutx.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=2&c=hsutx&id=342

Goals of the APTOR Resident

  1. Successful completion of the APTA Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam
  2. Certification In dry needling through IAOM
  3. Complete program hours- 1:1 mentorship, unsupervised, academic, etc
  4. Advise a research project and mentor the current HSU physical therapy students.
  5. Teach a 1-hour CCU course at HSU Lunch and Learn Series
  6. Mentor HSU PT students in musculoskeletal, kinesiology, and anatomy courses as a lab instructor.
  7. Teach learning enhancements for HSU PT students
  8. Teach staff at both facilities an inservice
  9. Provide Pro-Bono physical therapy care through HSU Campus Clinic
  10. Weekly didactic work- onsite and self-study
  1. Graston, SFMA, FMS, ASTYM, Zero G, Antigravity Treadmill
  2. Manual therapies: IPA, IAOM, Cyriax, Maitland, McKenzie
  3. Vasyli orthotics