Sep 25, 2023  

Physical Therapy, Concentration in Orthopedic Manual Therapy DScPT (Distance Ed)

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Program Description

This degree is designed to prepare the clinical specialist in orthopedic manual therapy and incorporates courses from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Option 2: Total Credits - 38

This Distance Learning option is for students with a DPT degree.

Option 3: Total Credits - 39

This Distance Learning option is for students with a DPT degree who have already completed the Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program at Andrews University. 17 credits from the Andrews University Orthopedic Residency Program will apply towards the 39 credits required to complete this degree.

Option 4: Total Credits - 38

This is a specialized Distance Learning option for students with a DPT degree who already have FAAOMPT or manual therapy certification from another approved institution.

Admission Requirements

  1. Students must have graduated from an approved school of physical therapy and be licensed to practice physical therapy in their country of origin or county in which they live.
  2. Students must have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.  Students with a bachelor’s degree must have two years of experience working as a physical therapist prior to applying.
  3. Students must submit graduate application.
  4. Students must submit an original copy of all academic transcripts from any institution where classes were taken.  In addition, if the transcripts are not written in English, a copy in the original language as well as the English translation are required.
  5. Students must submit a copy of physical therapy license.  If license is not in English a translated copy must be submitted as well.
  6. Students must submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from a currently practicing physical therapist, one from a medical doctor or supervisor, and one from another person familiar with the candidate.
  7. For candidates holding a bachelor’s degree, with no advanced master’s, receipt of PTET scores.
  8. For candidates holding a master’s degree or DPT degree, receipt of professional portfolio.
  9. English Proficiency - Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.

Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum of 32 credits must be taken at regular tuition for degree conferral. 
  • Level III Manual Therapy Certification through NAIOMT or equivalent certification from another approved program. Completed by registering for  
  • No grade lower than “C” (2.00) in any course.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Successful completion of the capstone project. Completed by registering for 6 credits of  
  • Satisfactory completion of the program exit interview.

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