Sacred Heart University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

Learn about this program:

The Sacred Heart University Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills in orthopaedic physical therapy, as well as establish a background and potential pathway for a future role in physical therapy education.

  • Program application deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Program start date: 8/28/2023
  • Program duration: 12 months
  • Number of resident/fellow openings per cohort: 2
  • Tuition cost: $12,000.00 

Program Website

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Main Contact 

Jay Grimes
(203) 396-8018

  • Is there a salary or stipend? Yes
  • Are there benefits? No
  • Is there housing assistance? No

  • Clinical site information:
    • Multiple Site locations: 
      • Guilford, CT
      • Darien, CT
      • Fairfield, CT
      • Hamden, CT 
    • Visit Website Here 
  • Clinical mentorship information:
    • Average of 3 hours per week
  • What is a distinguishing feature or selling point of your program?
    • In addition to the faculty-led advanced orthopedic coursework and mentorship, the SHU program also provides the opportunity for Residents to teach as a lab assistant in the musculoskeletal lab content in the DPT program
  • Is there the ability to work with a specialized population(s)? No

Faculty and/or Resident/Fellow-in-training Spotlight

Spotlighted Faculty:


  • Name: Jay Grimes PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC
  • Background Education and Experience:
    "MPT Quinnipiac University; tDPT and PhD Nova Southeastern University; Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 2007."
  • What is your role within the program?
    "Jay is a mentor, faculty member, and Director in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at Sacred Heart University. He has been a faculty member at SHU and has worked with the Orthopaedic Residency Program for 15 years and has had the responsibilities of serving as Program Director since 2017."
  • What separates this program from others like it?
    "This program utilizes a faculty-developed and faculty-led advanced orthopaedic curriculum that is delivered through a hybrid approach of both remote and in-person educational activities throughout the duration of the 12-month program. Additionally, Residents have the opportunity to work with at least 3 different mentors over the course of the program and teach in the musculoskeletal labs for the DPT program twice a week."
  • Why do you think advanced orthopedic training through residency and fellowship is important?
    "Residency training facilitates and expedites the development of clinical reasoning and advanced practice in young clinicians, resulting in greater clinical expertise and improved patient outcomes."
  • Please share a little-known, fun fact that others may be surprised to learn about you.
    "I spent a few years playing drums in an original rock band before settling down in PT."