Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency

Background Information

The LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Rehabilitation Clinic serves as a community resource for specialized rehabilitation and advanced training of new physical therapy professionals. The Program in Physical Therapy established the Orthopaedic and Private Practice Residency in 2007 and a Wound Residency in 2010. The Program began looking at other specialty areas to expand its offerings and the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency was created to accept its first practitioner in 2015. The presence of Oshner Health System has enhanced residents’ preparation in treating patients at all levels of care from pre-op to post-op. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the medical center serves many patients with severe neurologic injury. The area lacks a specialized neurologic rehabilitation facility, however, and many patients who reside in Shreveport choose the Allied Health Rehabilitation Clinic for their outpatient therapy upon returning home from inpatient programs. As such, the Neurologic Residency was formed to address the area’s need for specialized neurorehabilitation practitioners who utilize the latest clinical research in their practice for the benefit of their patients.

Mission Statement

Prepare physical therapists to provide evidence-based, specialized care in the area of neurologic rehabilitation in an outpatient setting. The residency addresses the APTA’s Vision 2020 by preparing autonomous practitioners that have the advanced clinical skills and knowledge to collaborate effectively with the entire health care team to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

Goals & Objectives


  1. The program will uphold the mission of LSU Health Shreveport by providing an increased number of clinicians with an advanced level of clinical training and education in the area of neurologic physical therapy.
  2. The program will prepare the resident for successful completion of the ABPTS neurologic specialty examination.
  3. The program will value and emulate independent self-determined professional judgment within our scope of practice consistent with the profession’s codes and standards and the patient/client’s best interest.
  4. The program will prepare the resident to use evidence and outcome measures to promote expert practice, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.
  5. The program will prepare the resident with enhanced knowledge and skills to direct and manage resources.
  6. The program will advance the residents’ proficiency in the application of collaborative team-based care, consistent with patient-centered care.


  1. The program will provide the opportunity for the resident to become an APTA credentialed CI. (Goal 1, 5)
  2. The program will provide a focused curriculum based on the DSP for Neurology (Goals 1, 2, 4)
  3. The program will provide opportunities for the resident to teach in the didactic portion of a professional DPT program. (Goals 1, 4)
  4. The program will incorporate clinical supervision and teaching of entry-level PT students. (Goals 1, 5)
  5. The program will prepare the resident in resource management for effective service delivery. (Goals 3, 4, 6)
  6. The program curriculum will include collaborative team-based care with an emphasis on consultative roles and leadership. (Goals 3, 6)
  7. Program faculty will emphasize practice according to current state laws and payment policies, with enhanced efficiencies of practice. (Goal 3, 6)

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency


Lauren Rachal Sant, PT, DPT, NCS
Neurologic Residency Director
(318) 813-2937

Allied Health
Rehabilitation Clinic

(318) 813-2970