Children's Hospital Colorado

Athletic Training Residency

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Children’s Hospital Colorado offers a comprehensive 12-month athletic training residency with clinical and didactic education in specialized areas for certified athletic trainers. We use an evidence-based approach to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize patient outcomes and improve patients’ quality of life. The residency program aims to prepare athletic trainers to be resourceful and skilled team members in an orthopedic setting. We emphasize musculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis, which will provide residents the foundation to be successful in this field.

About the athletic training residency

Children’s Colorado is leading the way as one of the first children’s hospitals in the nation to offer a pediatric athletic training residency. The year-long program runs from July to July. Athletic training residents will rotate with several physicians throughout the year, working alongside national leaders in pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine. Children’s Colorado will accept one certified athletic trainer into this year’s residency program.

The residency offers the opportunity to observe our providers in a variety of settings including the operating room, physical therapy and the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis. Other educational opportunities include: weekly sports medicine conferences, journal club and exam preparation for the National Board for Certification of Orthopedic Technologists. Residents will also enjoy health benefits and team member discounts for events and restaurants.

The program’s curriculum is best suited for athletic trainers who want to improve their evaluation and diagnostic skills in orthopedics. The athletic training resident will rotate throughout different orthopedic specialties with various nationally recognized physicians. Each rotation has learning competencies, unique responsibilities and dedicated faculty members. Rotations include:

The program emphasizes these main areas:

We look for candidates who take clear initiative to further their knowledge through evidence-based medicine and grow professionally in athletic training. Applicants are required to have a master’s degree, National Certification (BOC), BLS/CPR certification, and State of Colorado License (DORA). Please see Application Requirements for additional information.

Athletic residency program requirements

  • Certified Athletic Trainer with current BOC certification
  • Master’s degree
  • Eligible for athletic training license in Colorado
  • Eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Technologist (OTC) Exam or current OTC certification through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Benefits for our athletic training residents

  • Competitive salary to commensurate with experience
  • Medical benefits, including dental and vision
  • Continuing education stipend and opportunities
  • Travel reimbursement
  • OTC exam application fee
  • Children’s Colorado Sports Medicine Center apparel

How to apply to the athletic trainer residency program

We accept applications from Dec. 1 to March 31. Any application received after March 31 will not be reviewed. Interviews take place in late April, and if accepted, we will notify you in May with a start date in early July. Begin the online application process now.