The Orthopaedic Residency Program Summary

PTF's Orthopaedic Residency is a 12-36 month structured program that allows residents to work while taking laboratory courses over 5 weekends. Our didactic courses are led by content experts through NAIOMT, providing residents with opportunities to interact with world-renowned physical therapists. The online and onsite educational modules are designed to guide the therapist through the Residency program and meet all the elements of the APTA's Description of Specialty Practice (DSP). Clinical mentorships rounds out the Residency program and is provided by our faculty residency mentors.

The Residency program is designed to allow residents to maintain full-time employment while completing all residency requirements. The Residency didactic coursework is designed to be completed online through Litmo distance learning educational platform. In addition, residents receive written exams, live patient exams and orthopaedic skills assessment throughout the Program which helps guide the resident to completion and ensure that clinical skills are being developed.


Didactic Course Outline:

  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

Online Didactic Courses:

  1. Clinical Applications for Orthopaedic Basic Science
  2. Diagnostic Imaging in Physical Therapy
  3. Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  4. Post-Operative Management of Orthopaedic Surgeries
  5. Pharmacology
Clinical Mentorship:
  1. 150 hours one-on-one with a Clinical Residency Instructor
  2. 1100 hours of clinical practice with mentorship

The Resident will attain the necessary 150 hours of 1:1 clinical instruction hours with one of our Clinical Residency Instructors. The instructors are highly skilled clinical expertise in the following:

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Joint assessment
  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Assessing compensatory movement patterns
  • Functional movement retraining

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedics.

Physical Therapy First (PTF) Orthopaedic Residency is an ABPTRFE-reaccredited residency program. The official commencement of this prestigious reaccreditation begins March 31, 2018 and continues for a period of ten (10) years until March 31, 2028.

  • $7500 which includes all courses and materials
  • Duration: 12-36 months
  • Payment installments can be arranged

Email Maureen Ambrose, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT to request an application.

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