Attentive Care. Hands on Experience.


ProgressiveHealth of Indiana and University of Evansville Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency

  • 12-month contract
  • Full time salary with benefits
  • No tuition
  • $50 application fee
  • Multi-facility exposure in two acute care hospitals
Experiences to include clinical mentoring , didactic course work, interprofessional collaboration, opportunity to teach DPT students at University level of education, observations relevant to acute care setting, research, and community service through a pro-bono clinic.

Located in Evansville, IN, this developing program is seeking accreditation status from the ABPTRFE.

Program mission. ProgressiveHealth of Indiana and University of Evansville Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency strives to provide enhanced, hands on experience for a therapist seeking a career in the acute care field of physical therapy. Didactic course work will assist the therapist to develop an in-depth knowledge, evidence-based approach, and the critical thinking skills needed to provide compassionate care to medically complex patients.

Work at a top ranked Indiana hospital

Deaconess Midtown Hospital

600 Mary Street
Evansville, IN 47710

Deaconess Gateway Hospital

4011 Gateway Blvd.
Newburgh, IN 47630


Learn from this outstanding group of professionals


Charlene Nolen, PT, CWS

Residency Program Director
Physical Medicine Coordinator
ProgressiveHealth of Indiana
Adjunct Faculty, University of Evansville

Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
University of Evansville
Stone Family Center for Health Sciences

Jordana Lockwich PT, DPT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
University of Evansville


Kelly Guth, PT

Clinical Mentor
Clinical Manager
ProgressiveHealth of Indiana

Kelsey Sharp, DPT

Clinical Mentor
ProgressiveHealth of Indiana

Natalie Labhart, DPT

Clinical Mentor
ProgressiveHealth of Indiana

Taylor Seward, DPT

Clinical Mentor
ProgressiveHealth of Indiana

Additional Committee Members

Chad Schnarr, PT, DPT, FACHE

Director of Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy ProgressiveHealth

Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Sports Residency Program Director

Phillip Adams, MD, MPH

Hospitalist, Deaconess Hospital


Understand what is expected of you


No Tuition required, $50 application fee

Financial Aid/Stipends:

Not applicable

Hours of Work

The resident will be in a salaried position which may exceed 40 hours per week but should not exceed 50 hours per week. Resident will be allotted time out of clinic hours to complete didactic course work, however, may be required to complete some activities outside of working hours.

Agreement Duration

The resident contract will be active for 12 months. The resident is not guaranteed a position with the company after that 12-month period, however, if a job opening is available, the resident may submit an application.


The didactic education will be scheduled for 8 hours weekly. There may be a mix of lecture, videos, observation, self-study, and discussion. Distance education may be completed via Medbridge Online Education, Elsevier Performance Manager, DVDs, audio conferencing, journal club meetings via video conferencing, Webinars, and/or other website education sites pertaining to physical therapy education.

Program Goals and Objectives/ Designated Learning Experiences

Effective learning program:

  • Residents will achieve >80% average on written exams over the year
  • Surgery/Procedure observations opportunity
  • Access to Hospital and University Libraries

Knowledgeable clinical skill

  • Competent to proficient ratings on Live Patient Exams
  • Monthly Journal Club Meetings (September – May) attendance
  • Completion of research
  • Grand Rounds Presentations

Interdisciplinary focus: 

  • Opportunity to interact with nursing staff, physicians, occupational therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, case management, and other ancillary staff through multi-disciplinary rounding
  • Use of clinical skills software in curriculum

Participant Goals and Objectives


  • Develop skills by giving presentations
  • Interprofessional communication opportunities

Develop clinical education skills: 

  • Teaching at University level Doctor of Physical Therapy program
  • Experience as a CI in collaboration with a clinical mentor

Contribution to Society: 

  • Community Outreach opportunities 
  • Treating patients in a pro-bono clinic 

Our typical week

This is a general idea of the proposed schedule. This schedule may vary based on location and census at a given time.

The resident will complete community service with the ACErcise program offered by the student-run Ace CARE pro-bono clinic at University of Evansville.

Color Key
7:00 AM
7:30 AMClinicClinicClinicClinicClinic
8:00 AMDidactic
8:30 AM
9:00 AMClinic
9:30 AM
10:00 AMMentoringMentoring
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PMClinicClinicClinicLUNCHClinic
1:00 PMDidactic
1:30 PM
2:00 PMDidacticDidactic
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM

What it takes to be accepted

Admission Criteria

  • Be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapist program.
  • Provide proof of licensure for the state of Indiana (permanent by the start of residency). If applicant possesses a temporary license, he or she must complete and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) within 90 days of being granted temporary licensure. Failure to receive permanent licensure prior to the start of the residency may result in dismissal from the Program.
  • Complete an in-person interview (may be able to arrange video interview in certain situations).
  • Application to include the follow items:
    • Submit $50 fee payable to ProgressiveHealth of Indiana–money collected will be used toward continuing education and/or other residency related expenses. Please indicate on memo line the check is for the Residency application fee.
    • Provide proof of current Basic Life Support Certification.
    • Submit an admission statement outlining reason pursuing the residency program and previous experience in the setting (limit to two pages).
    • Submit current curriculum vitae, including all continuing education courses attended, and academic history including transcript from the university in which physical therapy education was received.
    • Submit reference letters from three physical therapists, at least one of whom should be a previous instructor or academician and one from a clinician.
  • Application must be completed in full, with all items submitted by the stated deadline. All information requested should be included in one large envelope and sent via certified mail to:

University of Evansville
Acute Care Residency
Attn: Jennifer Simon
515 Walnut St.
Evansville, IN 47708


This is a developing program seeking accreditation from the ABPTRFE.  Outcomes data will be published after the first resident enrolls and completes the first year of residency.