Keep pace with today’s changing responsibilities for Physiotherapists with EIM’s Postprofessional Clinical Doctorate in Musculoskeletal Management.

The Opportunity

With the ongoing advancement of physiotherapy practice across the globe comes increasing clinical roles and responsibilities. Internationally, some recent changes to the physiotherapy scope of practice have included the ability to order diagnostic imaging studies and laboratory analysis. Current entry-to-practice physiotherapy training does not meet the educational requirements for these new competencies. EIM’s Postprofessional DPT provides advanced training to allow physiotherapists to meet these standards and excel in today’s health care environment.

Learn more about EIM’s Musculoskeletal Postprofessional DPT from Program Director, Julie Whitman, PT, DSc.

EIM’s Postprofessional Clinical Doctorate in Musculoskeletal Management includes:

  • The coursework that physiotherapists need to feel comfortable with the advanced scope of practice.
  • The most up-to-date evidence.
  • The manual physiotherapy content needed to care for patients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Instruction from EIM’s top-notch faculty whose caliber and experience are unmatched.
  • A flexible learning experience with 90% happening online and 10% in the classroom.

The Objective

A 12-18 month program of postprofessional clinical and didactic education for physiotherapists designed to bridge a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to the doctorate level. The Postprofessional Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy has been tailored to the specific needs of the Canadian Physiotherapist working in a variety of practice environments to:

  • Optimize physiotherapists’ scope of practice.
  • Utilize evidence-based clinical decision rules.
  • Integrate advanced practice authorities immediately into clinical practice.
  • Ensure that physiotherapists are up-to-date with current evidence-based practices.
  • Transition your entry to practice degree to a Clinical Doctorate

The Experience

A combination of didactic, collaborative and clinical education experiences using a blend of distance learning, on -line courses, 4 weekend intensive hands-on courses, and clinical practice hours.
The 4 weekend intensives will be held in Canadian cities across the country including Montreal, Toronto and West Coast based on demand.

Learn from EIM’s world class faculty who are internationally recognized for their contributions to education, research and practice management.

Distance and in-class learning material is provided exclusively in English. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they have sufficient English language proficiency to fully participate in all aspects of the program.

The Outcome

The Postprofessional Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program is designed so that you will:

  • Learn the principles of evidence-based medicine and be able to integrate that knowledge immediately into clinical practice.
  • Be up-to-date in the evidence and corresponding manual physiotherapy skills needed to care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Incorporate laboratory analysis and X-ray, CT, ultrasound and MRI Imaging studies into clinical practice.
  • Gain skills to confidently and professionally interact with other members of the health care team and provide leadership in the care for musculoskeletal conditions.

Please note:

  • MSc (but not MPT entry degrees) will receive advanced standing for the research course component.
  • FCAMPTs receive advanced standing and a discount for part of the practical components of the program.
  • Graduates from the Masters of Clinical Science program at Western will receive advance standing for both the research and part of the practical components.


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Core Course Work

  • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice
  • 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

Topic Courses

  • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
  • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening

Please note that the Postprofessional DPT degree does not qualify international students to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) in the United States or Canada. International physiotherapists seeking licensure in the United States will need to apply directly to the state physical therapy board in which they desire to practice. Additionally, the Postprofessional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Postprofessional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the Postprofessional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.