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Overview

The purpose of this Post-Professional Certificate is to advance the educational and clinical foundation of physical therapists choosing to practice primarily with patients who have musculoskeletal problems.  Both novice and expert orthopedic physical therapists, who are interested in life-long learning and enhancement of their differential diagnosis abilities as well as manual therapy skills, would benefit from this program.

A strength of this program is that classes will be coordinated and taught by faculty members from the TWU School of Physical Therapy and the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), emphasizing differential diagnosis and manual therapy for the orthopedic client. This relationship brings together the School of Physical Therapy’s longstanding and excellent reputation in post-professional education with NAIOMT, whose fellowship program is recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT).

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this program:

  • Must have completed either a baccalaureate or professional master’s degree in physical therapy.
  • Apply to the University

Students should begin the program in the semester that PT 6663 - Advanced Differential Diagnosis (pre-requisite course) is offered. You may begin with intermediate courses (PT 6673, PT 6683 or PT 6903) only with an approval from the Certificate program coordinator.

Course Requirements

The Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy requires 12 credit hours (4 courses) out of the 6 courses. All courses will be offered in a 3-year rotation in the sequence below.  The next rotation is planned to start in Spring 2014: 

PT 6663 – Advanced Differential Diagnosis in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
PT 6833 – Advanced Evaluation and Mobilization: Upper Quadrant (Pre-requisite: PT 6673)
PT 6673 – Intermediate Evaluation and Mobilization: Upper Quadrant
PT 6823 – Advanced Evaluation and Mobilization: Lower Quadrant (Pre-requisite: PT 6683)
PT 6683 – Intermediate Evaluation and Mobilization: Lower Quadrant
PT 6903 – Special Topic: Thoracic Spine & Extremity Manipulation

All courses may be offered at both Dallas & Houston campuses; however, only classes taken on the Dallas campus may apply to NAIOMT certification (http://www.naiomt.com/ for more information). Dallas courses are offered in an on-site format. Up to 10 contact hours of optional clinical experiences that are supervised by a NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Instructor in Dallas, TX will be made available for enrolled students without additional cost to students or TWU.

Course Descriptions

PT 6663 – Advanced Differential Diagnosis in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. (3 credit hours)
Principles of differential diagnosis in orthopedic manual therapy: development of critical clinical thinking in orthopedics, basic medical screening, rational differential diagnosis and selection of manual and mechanical interventions of the musculoskeletal system.

 PT 6673 – Intermediate Evaluation and Mobilization: Upper Quadrant. (3 credit hours)
Detailed biomechanical examination, evaluation, and intervention using manual therapy techniques of the temporomandibular, cervical, upper cervical, cervicothoracic junction, shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist, and hand joints.  

PT 6683 – Intermediate Evaluation and Mobilization: Lower Quadrant. (3 credit hours)
Detailed biomechanical examination, evaluation, and intervention using manual therapy techniques of the lumbar, pelvic girdle, hip, knee, ankle and foot joints.

PT 6903 – Special Topic: Thoracic Spine and Extremity Manipulation. (3 credit hours)
Detailed biomechanical examination, evaluation, and intervention using manual therapy techniques of the thoracic spine, rib cage and peripheral joints with an emphasis on high-velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation techniques.

 PT 6833 – Advanced Evaluation and Mobilization: Upper Quadrant. (3 credit hours)     
Advanced biomechanical assessment, mobilization/manipulation and stabilization techniques of the upper quadrant. Integration of information generated from the assessment and illustration of how dysfunctions, remote from the symptomatic source, may be causal or contributory.

PT 6823 – Advanced Evaluation and Mobilization: Lower Quadrant. (3 credit hours)
Advanced biomechanical assessment, mobilization/manipulation and stabilization techniques of the lower quadrant. Integration of information generated from the assessment and illustration of how dysfunctions, remote from the symptomatic source, may be causal or contributory.

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Orthopedic Manual Therapy [pdf]

tDPT or PhD Degrees

TWU also offers post-professional degrees: tDPT (24 cr. hrs beyond a master’s, 18 core + 6 elective) and PhD (60 cr. hrs minimum beyond a master’s). Students, who desire to pursue a degree, need to submit additional materials (resume and letters of reference). The School of Physical Therapy Post-Professional Admissions Committee will review the application prior to acceptance into the degree program. The 12 credit hours of course work taken as a part of the certificate program may be counted toward a graduate degree if approved by the School of Physical Therapy and the Graduate Dean.

For more information and/or an application, please contact:

Kam Mukherjee
School of Physical Therapy
Texas Woman’s University
Phone: (214) 706-2310
Email: kmukherjee@twu.edu

Program Coordinator: Sharon Wang, PT, PhD, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Email: swang@twu.edu

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