Curriculum

The Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Program takes a structured, comprehensive approach to the examination and treatment of orthopaedic dysfunction of the spine and extremities. Based on the American Physical Therapy Association's description of advanced clinical practice, the program features didactic, laboratory, and clinical practice components under the supervision of accomplished clinical instructors.

Weekend courses and collaborative clinical care time give you the opportunity to develop a framework for the evaluation and treatment of patients, as well as to review and reinforce the material you’ve learned. The aim of the program is to allow follow-up on classroom content to enhance the development of clinical skills and facilitate and refine the clinical thought process.

There are frequent reviews, and progress is at a pace that accommodates all participants. The instructor-to-student ratio for classroom, lab, and practice is never more than one to eight, and clinical supervisors provide extensive one-on-one guidance. Ongoing written and practical examinations help ensure that you’re mastering the material at every stage.

Topical Content

The program features five in-depth weekend courses to strengthen your knowledge and skills in orthopaedic physical therapy.

  • Course 1: Management of Temporomandibular, Cervicothoracic, and Rib Dysfunction
  • Course 2: Management of Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Dysfunction
  • Course 3: Management of Lumbopelvic Dysfunction
  • Course 4: Management of Knee Dysfunction and Therapeutic Exercise Intervention
  • Course 5: Lower Quarter Dysfunction Management and Gait Dysfunction

In addition to these courses, you’ll have opportunities for independent learning in a wide range of areas, including differential diagnosis, medical screening, pharmacology, joint pathomechanics, physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities, critical inquiry and research design, and outcome measures.