About Our Program

Our program offers specialized care for young athletes while also offering valuable experience to healthcare professionals. The Sports Residency program is a 12- to 13-month program, depending on whether the resident is an internal or external candidate.


Our curriculum is built around the Description of Specialty Practice for Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The program consists of clinical rotations throughout our Sports Medicine department, community sideline coverage and adjunct didactic educational experiences in other departments in Children’s.

Goals and objectives

  • Meet the needs of the community by developing advanced practitioners of sports physical therapy
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in sports physical therapy by participating in research
  • Become competent instructors and mentors in the field of sports physical therapy

Program benefits

  • Residents are hired as Level 1 physical therapists at Children’s and receive the appropriate privileges and benefits
  • Continuing education is offered to residents in preparation for the sports certified specialist (SCS) examination
  • Job placement opportunities at Children’s may be available after the residency for those who qualify


  • The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Residency Program received its accreditation in October 2013. Since that time, we have graduated one resident per year and our graduates currently have a 100% pass rate on the ABPTS examination to become a board-certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS).
  • Graduates have gone on to leadership positions in program development, become mentors to colleagues and residents, teach at local universities, and participate in clinical research.

How to apply

Eligibility requirements

  1. Hold or be eligible for Georgia physical therapist licensure (if eligible, you must obtain licensure before beginning the residency program)
  2. Hold one of the following prior to the start of the residency program:
    1. Current athletic trainer certification and licensure (ATC)
    2. Current license as an emergency medical technician (EMT)
    3. Current emergency medical responder certification through the Red Cross

Apply using the APTA Residency and Fellowship Centralized Application Service

Contact Julie Johnson with questions.

Contact us

For more information about our residency program, contact:

Julie Johnson, P.T., M.P.T., S.C.S, C.S.C.S.

Sports Residency Program Director
Email: julie.johnson@choa.org