Division 1 Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship

The Wake Forest University Health System Division I Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship is designed with the goal of training talented sports physical therapists to operate in the environment of high level athletics.

This is a 12-month program that will start in July. The fellow will rotate through collegiate sports in and out of season while gaining the experience of the athletic training room and a busy out-patient sports physical therapy clinic. 

The mission of the fellowship is to foster professional development and to advance the clinical training of sports physical therapists. The program emphasizes the development of leadership, theoretical rationale, clinical reasoning and ethical standards to enhance skill development as practitioners, educators and clinical scholars.

The fellow will work directly with Division 1 athletes at Wake Forest University Athletics and a wide variety of athletes from middle and high school to college, professional and community sports at Sports Medicine – Stratford, a clinic of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.

Wake Forest University Athletics has 16 varsity sports as a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Wake Forest Baptist sports medicine team is at the forefront of research into the effects of head impacts incurred by youth football players and is participating with Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University in a nationwide study of concussion in sports that spans all NCAA divisions.

Wake Forest Baptist is the sports medicine provider for Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, UNC School of the Arts, the Winston-Salem Dash minor-league baseball team and the Winston Salem Open tennis tournament.


  • Direct 1:1 mentoring with faculty
  • On-field coverage of games and practices
  • Weekly conferences with primary care sports medicine fellows and orthopedic sports medicine conferences
  • Weekly didactic learning on current concepts
  • Rounding with attending physicians in patient care and surgical observation
  • Research opportunities with the state-of-the-art Wake Forest University pitching lab and the Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab

Virtual Tour

Depending on your rotation, you may train at facilities across our system. Explore below a few of the spaces where fellows of this program spend a lot of their time. Navigate the drop-down to switch rooms and use your mouse (or finger for touch screens) to rotate around the room.

Physician RoomSnap Content

Admission Criteria

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapist program. 
  • Provide proof of licensure as a physical therapist in the State of North Carolina (or be eligible to obtain licensure in North Carolina) 
  • Be a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. 
  • Possess at least one of the following qualifications:
  • ABPTS specialist certification in Sports or related area of specialty
  • Completion of an APTA accredited residency in Sports or a related specialty area
  • Possess one of the following:
  • Current ATC designation
  • Current license as an EMT
  • Certification as an Emergency Medical Responder via an American Red Cross course PRIOR to commencing the program.
  • Submit a personal statement for admission.
  • Submit current curriculum vitae, including all continuing education courses attended, and academic history.
  • Submit reference letters from three physical therapists, one of whom should be a previous instructor or academician.
  • Transfer credits are not accepted into the program.


Apply on-line using Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS).

Selected candidates will be invited for an on campus interview prior to the final selection. We offer a competitive full-time salary with benefits including medical, dental, vision and paid time off. There is also a continuing education allowance. 

Clinical Faculty

Fellowship Administration:

Fellowship Program Clinical Manager

Fellowship Faculty:

Additional Information

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education

Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service

Wake Forest University Sports / Sports Medicine

Wake Forest Baptist Health Physical Therapy - Stratford