Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

The Objective

A 24-36 month program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists designed to graduate clinician scientists skilled in the evidence-based integration of thrust and non-thrust manipulation and other advanced manual therapy techniques. Fellowship graduates are primed for leadership in the teaching of orthopaedic manual physical therapy, as well as active participants and contributors to clinical research.

The Experience

A dynamic fusion of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a combination of distance learning, on-line courses, weekend intensive hands-on courses, and clinical practice hours.

Courses are taught by EIM’s world class faculty, many of whom are internationally recognized for their contributions to education, research, and practice management.

The Opportunity

Ongoing clinical supervision, outcomes monitoring and mentoring with a theoretical basis for advanced practice and scientific inquiry in the area of orthopaedic manual physical therapy are paramount. Students integrate a solid clinical decision-making model, current best-evidence and best-practice, and superb patient handling skills into their clinical practice.

Learn more about EIM’s Fellowship from Program Director Julie Whitman, PT, DSc:

The Outcome

EIM’s Fellowship Program is designed so that graduates will:

  • Value the principles of EBP and behave accordingly in their daily practice.
  • Be expert practitioners skilled in the EBP integration of orthopaedic manual physical therapy techniques in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Confidently and professionally interact with other members of the healthcare team and provide leadership in the area of evidence based care.
  • Be leaders in clinical practice, clinical research and the business of physical therapy who are positioned to assume leadership roles in the APTA, the AAOMPT and physical therapy practices throughout the United States.


Download OMPT Fellowship Curricula (effective January 2014)

Core Course Work

  • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
  • ORPT 6510 – Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
  • ORPT 6520 – Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
  • ORPT 6530 – Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders
  • ORPT 6540 – Management of Upper Extremity Disorders
  • EIM R106 – Management of Post-Operative Conditions

Topic Courses

  • EBP 6110 – Evidence-based Practice II
  • OMPT 6110 – Introduction to OMPT and Professional Socialization
  • OMPT 6130 – Mechanisms of Manual Physical Therapy
  • OMPT 6210 – Pain Sciences and Psychosocial Implications in Musculoskeletal Care
  • OMPT 6410 – OMPT Patient Management Framework / Advanced Clinical Decision Making
  • RES 6110 – Writing Case Reports & Case Series

Mentored Clinical Practice

  • OMPT 7670 – Fellowship Virtual Rounds
  • OMPT 7690 – Fellowship Mentored Clinical Practice
  • Outcomes Tracking with FOTO
  • Mentored Instruction in OMPT Assesment & Interventions


Admission Requirements

  1. All fellows accepted into the program must have successfully completed an APTA-accredited professional physical therapy curriculum.
  2. All fellows must have a current license to practice physical therapy. This license must not be under suspension, revocation, probationary status or subject to disciplinary proceedings or inquiry.
  3. All fellows must be active members of the APTA.
  4. All fellows must have current CPR certification.
  5. Fellows must be graduates from an APTA accredited Orthopaedic Residency program, board certified in Orthopaedics by the ABPTS or eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist examination. Additionally, we will consider therapists who a.) completed EIM’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program; b.) are board certified in Sports by the ABPTS and; c.) are approved by the Program Director.
  6. Fellows must obtain additional course work in the area of evidence-based practice if the EIM Fellowship Program determines that the applicant’s background in this area is insufficient.
  7. All fellows must be members of the AAOMPT in good standing.

Application Process

Evidence In Motion offers a rolling admission in which there are four Cohort starts per year as follows:

Application Deadline Program Start
November 24th Second Monday in January
February 1st Second Monday in March
June 1st Second Monday in July
August 1st Second Monday in September

Applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline, regardless if a notice of intent has been submitted. Applications may be expedited after deadlines on a case by case basis. For questions please e-mail info@eimpt.com or call (888) 709-7096 for assistance.

Payment Options

Students are responsible for an initial $2,000 tuition deposit with the return of their student contract. Students have two options for paying the remaining balance, monthly or quarterly payments. If monthly payments are selected, the student must provide EIM with credit card information. The charges will be automatically charged to that credit card each month, beginning in month one of the program. If quarterly payments are selected, the remaining balance will be split into equal payments. The number of payments will depend upon which program the student is enrolled and the first payment be in month three of the program. Students are responsible for contacting EIM’s billing department (502-882-9129 or billing@eimpt.com) to set up tuition payment terms. EIM is happy to accommodate direct billing to sponsoring organizations (e.g. employers) where applicable.

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