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With hands-on experience, dedicated mentoring, dynamic classroom instruction and opportunities for research, the USC Wound Management Physical Therapy Residency gives you the advanced skills and experience you need to holistically manage patients with, or at risk for, wounds of various etiologies.


You will gain proficiency in assessing, evaluating and treating integumentary related impairments; integrating movement and exercise into the practice of wound management; expanding the body of knowledge in wound management physical therapy by conducting, participating in and publishing clinical research; and make lasting contributions to your field through teaching and leadership as an interdisciplinary care provider.



The USC Wound Management Physical Therapy Residency curriculum uses a combination of formal and informal educational, clinical and academic activities, as well as mentored direct care of patients at Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital.In addition to 35-40 hours per week in the clinic, you will participate in and/or publish original research and may also serve as a teaching assistant for physical therapy courses at USC.

A wound management physical therapy resident’s typical week includes:

  • 4 hours of mentored clinical physical therapy practice with patients
  • 2-3 hours of formal literature review
  • 6-7 hours per week for 2 months as a teaching assistant in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy courses
  • Opportunities for physician mentorship in clinics and the hospital setting

The 12-month residency begins in September.



To qualify for the USC Wound Management Physical Therapy Residency, you must be a graduate of an APTA-accredited program in physical therapy, have had at least six weeks of prior wound management exposure (i.e. clinical rotation(s) during PT school) and be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in California.


In residency candidates, we are looking for leadership potential; a desire to advance clinical knowledge, skills and abilities; demonstrated clinical aptitude; strong communication skills; and initiative and responsibility.


One-year residency tuition is $3,500.

Residents are paid for their clinical time. Four hours per week of mentored physical therapy patient care and any physician mentoring are not paid.

You will be responsible for your living expenses and transportation to clinical facilities. Because of limited public transportation in Los Angeles, a car may be necessary. Upon request, we can provide suggestions for where and how to find housing. You will also be responsible for purchase of personal tablets or laptops, textbooks, scrubs and supplies.

While a resident, you may be able to defer any student loans; check with your individual lender(s) on their requirements.



To apply for the USC Wound Management Physical Therapy Residency, please contact the Residency Program Director Stephanie Woelfel at require:

  • Transcripts from physical therapy school
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A career statement
  • A CV/résumé – including proof of a minimum of 6 weeks spent in wound care during employed or student experience
  • A formal interview

The application and other documents are due March 15. You will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision by the end of March. You will then have 48 hours to accept or decline an invitation to interview in-person in April.


For more information, please contact the Residency Program Director Stephanie Woelfel, at

Physical therapist treating wounded warrior's legs