The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program

The Fellowship program consists of onsite seminars, online didactic course content, and video presentations of examination and treatment techniques. The online and onsite educational modules are designed to guide the therapist through the Fellowship program and meet all the elements of the APTA's Description of Advanced Specialty Practice (DASP). Clinical mentorship provided by our Clinical Fellowship Instructors rounds out the Fellowship program.

The Fellowship program is designed to allow fellows to maintain full-time employment while completing all Fellowship requirements.  Discussion boards and online testing are designed to help prepare the therapist for the onsite courses. The Fellowship didactic coursework is designed to be completed onsite and online through our distance education platform.


Laboratory Teaching Assistant:

  1. NAIOMT Level I: C-511 Lumbopelvic Spine I
  2. NAIOMT Level I: C-516 Cervical Spine I
  3. NAIOMT Level II: C-613 Thoracic Spine
  4. NAIOMT Level II: C-621 Lower Extremity
  5. NAIOMT Level II: C-626: Shoulder Girdle-Elbow-Wrist-Hand Complex

Onsite / Online Didactic / Laboratory Courses:

  1. NAIOMT Level II C-611 Lumbopelvic Spine II – Hip
  2. NAIOMT Level II C-616 Cervical Spine II
  3. NAIOMT Level III C-703 Advanced Upper Quadrant Integration
  4. NAIOMT Level III C-701 Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration

Clinical Mentorship:

  1. 130 Hours – 1:1 Clinical Mentoring/Instruction From Clinical Faculty While Treating Patients
  2. 40 Hours – Interaction with Clinical Instructor Regarding Clinical Problem Solving.
  3. 413 Hours – Clinical Practice with Mentor Accessible

The Fellow-in-training will attain the necessary 130 hours of 1:1 clinical instruction hours with one of our Clinical Fellowship Instructors. The instructors are highly skilled clinicians with expertise in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.

Capstone Project:
The Capstone Project is intended to be intensive, active learning projects, requiring significant effort in the planning and implementation, and preparation of a substantial final written work product. The Capstone Project also provides fellows-in-training with a scholarly experience that may incorporate concepts and techniques learned throughout the fellowship program, or it will allow the fellows to expand their scholarly knowledge in their clinical specialty.

Furthermore, the Capstone Project must focus on a research problem, theoretical issue, new creative work, or an advanced area of orthopaedic physical therapy. The Capstone Project should prepare fellows-in-training for the rigors of research, writing, and scholarly presentations.


$15000 which includes all courses and materials
Duration: 12-36 months
Payment installments can be arranged


Application Requirements:

  1. Current license to practice physical therapy
  2. One page letter of intent for application to the Fellowship
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Description of clinical experiences
  5. Complete an APTA accredited orthopaedic residency program, OCS certification or practiced for at least 4 years with completion of advanced training in manual therapy from a national or internationally recognized continuing education organization.
  6. Fellowship interview/application review will be conducted by Fellowship Director

Email John Baur, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT at baur@physicaltherapyfirst.com to request an application.