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Find answers to often-asked Physical Therapy Faculty Program questions

Thanks for your interest in the Physical Therapy Faculty Program. Please consult our frequently asked questions below for information about how the program works. Please contact with any unanswered questions.

Applying to the Program

Q. Who is eligible to apply?
 We welcome U.S. and international physical therapy program program full or part time Faculty members who have a substantial role in teach the PD curriculum at their university and able to share their new Parkinson's knowledge with physical therapy students to apply.

Q. Do you accept international applicants?
 Yes, we accept international participants. While the program covers the cost of the training (coursework, materials), participants cover their own travel and lodging costs.

Q. How many training spots do you offer?
We limit each training to five to six participants.

Q. What is the application deadline for each training?
We will have open enrollment for a select period in time until the application deadline i.e. February 2018 – April 2018. At that time we will be selecting applicants for all courses. We recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of acceptance, due to small class size.

Q. How do I apply?
To apply to our upcoming trainings either in Boston or Portland, you must complete the application online. Our application asks for a resume, a statement of purpose (why you want to attend the program), the names of two professional references and two reference letters. You must upload these items when you apply to complete the application.

Q. How long will it take to hear back on my application?
 You can expect to hear back within two weeks of the closed application deadline.

Attending the Program

Q. How often is the program offered?
 The Parkinson's Foundation launched the program with a pilot course in August 2016 and hosted two trainings during summer 2017. Stay tuned for 2018 training dates.

Q. What are the goals for physical therapy educators completing the program?
Participants can expect to gain new knowledge, clarification of information and a new sense of confidence in their understanding of PD symptomatology, clinical issues, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical treatments, current research and most importantly, the role of the PT in caring for the person with Parkinson's disease and his or her family. We prepare and expect participants to become the local expert or leader on Parkinson's in their institution and community. Many physical therapy faculty find that they can enhance their scholarship by way of new research ideas and collaboration on projects. Participants develop long-lasting relationships with local Parkinson's experts at the movement disorder center where they study.

Q. What does the program curriculum include?
The program model is "train the trainer." The program includes didactic and clinical hours as well as independent study and project time. Participants fulfill the didactic and clinical component by taking part in the four-day course on-site at a leading movement disorder center. Each participant chooses an independent project and site faculty and leaders of the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation mentor as needed.

Q. How many credits will I earn by completing the program?
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) approves this course and offers 39-41 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) depending on location. Please contact for details regarding CCUs. Please note: From the time they begin, participants must fully complete the program within six months to obtain their $2,000 stipend and CCUs. 

Q. Who leads the didactic program component?
Host site faculty members lead each training, all of whom are Parkinson's experts. Affiliated with large, academic Parkinson's disease and movement disorder centers, they represent multi-disciplinary teams. Each site has a host coordinator of the Physical Therapy Faculty Program at the Parkinson's Foundation who will work closely with participants. The host coordinators have decades of Parkinson's knowledge and experience providing educational experiences for other physical therapists.

Q.  Who covers program expenses?
 The Parkinson's Foundation covers training expenses (materials, etc.) for those selected to attend. The deposit holds a program space for you. We reimburse you after the coursework. We do not refund cancellations less than 45 days of program start. Participants must cover any travel or lodgings costs incurred to attend.

Q. What is the independent project?
Each participant chooses an independent project. This self-directed learning adds depth to one's understanding of Parkinson's disease. Some examples of independent projects include:

  • Course content development
  • Lecture development
  • Initiating a patient-centered group (exercise or support group)
  • Research project
  • Care plan development
  • Patient advocacy
  • Review articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Curriculum review

We encourage PT faculty to engage in a project that interests them, contributes to their professional development and advances the Parkinson's disease physical therapy research and care fields.

Q. When will I receive my $2,000 independent project stipend?
 You receive payment upon completion and acceptance of your independent project. We typically mail stipends approximately six months after coursework completion. The Parkinson's Foundation mails the check to you.

Alumni Opportunities

Q. Do physical therapy faculty connect after the training?
Yes, participants become part of an innovative network of peer PT educators who work with the Parkinson's Foundation to advance research, care and physical therapy education. We will be having our first Alumni gathering, Cocktails and Conversation with our Host Coordinators at the CSM Conference in New Orleans on Friday, February 23rd from 5-7pm. Please contact for more info.

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