Mar 04, 2024  

Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program

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This program is designed for the licensed physical therapist seeking to become a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and is a jointly sponsored program between Andrews University and the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Following successful completion of this program, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Certificate Requirements

The following certificate requirements apply to students successfully completing the orthopedic clinical residency program.

  1. Satisfactory completion of the following courses - 17 credits:
    PTH 537 - NAIOMT Level II: Intermediate Upper Quadrant 
    PTH 538 - NAIOMT Level II: Intermediate Lower Quadrant 

    PTH 608 - Post Operative Management of Common Orthopedic Surgeries 
    PTH 609 - Evidenced Based Orthopedic Clinical Practice: A Research Review 
    PTH 730 - Medical Diagnostics 

  2. Successful completion of the oral/practical live patient examinations given through NAIOMT.
  3. Successful completion of the NAIOMT supervised clinical hour requirement at an approved clinical mentorship site.
  4. An earned minimum grade of “C” (2.00) or “S” (in a “S/U” course) in each program course.
  5. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. 


Admission Requirements

The following admissions requirements apply.

  1. Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program.
  2. Hold or be in the process of obtaining licensure as a physical therapist in the U.S. or Canada.
  3. Submit residency program application.
  4. Submit a portfolio following program guidelines.
  5. Submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from the ACCE of the physical therapy program applicant attended; one from a faculty member of the physical therapy program applicant attended; one from a clinical supervisor the applicant interned with during physical therapy school. In the case of applicants who have been out of school longer than 3–5 years, the letters of recommendation may follow the same standards as the DScPT applicants.
  6. Submission of a mission statement and reasons for applying to this program.


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