Neonatology Fellowship

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Physical Therapy Fellowship | Neonatology

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Neonatology Fellowship Program Highlights

Collaborate with Top Children’s Hospitals

We collaborate with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to offer our Neonatology Fellowship for pediatric physical therapists. At the hospitals, Neonatal Therapy Team members provide mentorship and learning experiences in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, neonatal intermediate care units, and pediatric specialty clinics. You’ll complete your clinical phase at one of these two hospitals while concurrently participating in the academic online components of the fellowship.

Become an Expert in Neonatology

 Develop expertise needed for advanced practice through our Neonatology Fellowship.  Become a sub-specialist in evidence-based neonatal physical therapy and collaborative family-centered care.

Work with Renowned Neonatology Physical Therapy Experts

Take advantage of the opportunity to work with and complete specialty clinical education with nationally-regarded neonatology PT experts. Work with the program director, Dr. Jane K. Sweeney, as well as specialists at either Seattle Children’s Hospital or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Complete at Least 1,000 Clinical Hours

During the fellowship, you will complete at least 1,000 hours during the clinical phase. The clinical component includes one-on-one mentorship, clinical lectures, and experience hours in different settings and clinics. Settings include NICU, intermediate care, and PICU; clinics include pediatric specialty and NICU follow-up clinics.

Build your Credibility as a Clinical Scholar, Consultant, or Educator

Completing a fellowship builds your credibility as a sub-specialist in pediatric physical therapy. Our fellowship prepares you with mentored opportunities for building proficiency as a neonatal PT clinician, consultant, clinical educator, and clinical researcher. 

Collaborate with Top Children’s Hospitals

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Seattle Children's Hospital

Neonatology Fellowship Curriculum

Our fellowship is designed to help you develop expertise in neonatal physical therapy and collaboration skills with parents and the NICU team.

Physical Therapy Neonatal Fellow works with a young infant and a parent in the NICU

Academic Phase

Within the academic phase, you’ll delve into the following areas of study: high-risk neonate, embryology and fetal development (implications for neonatal care), oral-motor and feeding challenges for infants with medical fragility, case report methodology, and a neonatal case series analysis.

Clinical Phase

During the clinical phase of the fellowship, you will complete at least 1,000 clinical hours in NICU, intermediate care, and PICU settings, as well as in pediatric specialty or NICU follow-up clinics. Learn from clinical lectures, seminars, and grand rounds.  Experience one-on-one mentorship from neonatal experts.

Important Dates


Application Deadline



  • 2 years of experience preferred in pediatric physical therapy with clinical exposure to infants
  • Physical therapy licensure in Ohio or Washington state
  • Evidence of one of the following: 

1) board certification in pediatric physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties


2) pediatric residency program graduation (accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education) 

  • Liability insurance and health insurance
  • Detailed statement of goals and expectations of the fellowship training and description of future intent to participate in neonatal care
  • References from 3 professionals
  • Completed application
  • Current CV
  • Interview and site visit with the Neonatology Fellowship leadership team


Do I have to be a pediatric physical therapist to be eligible for this fellowship?

Yes, you must be a pediatric physical therapist. This fellowship is designed exclusively for PTs.



Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.


In 2012, this program was recognized as the first accredited neonatology fellowship in the United States by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Physical Therapy Fellowship in Neonatology received 10 year re-accreditation in 2015.

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3030 Potomac Ave, Suite 100

Alexandria, VA 22305


NOTE: The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not accredit neonatology fellowship programs, only entry-level programs.