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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Be a better physical therapist.

The orthopedic physical therapy residency (OPTR) program is a part-time university-based clinical residency program designed for physical therapists who wish to pursue a post-graduate specialization in orthopedics.

Our ABTA-ABPTRFE accredited program will provide you with the necessary tools to become more efficient and effective in your treatment of patients with orthopedic disorders, such as cervical pain, carpal tunnel, tendon repairs, shoulder impingement, joint replacement and sports injury.

We offer a one-year (fast track) or two-year certificate program that prepares you for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam. 

This 18-credit certificate program offers an intense and rigorous curriculum, combining clinical courses with online mentoring, and supervised clinical experiences. 

Why Touro?

Building on our strong physical therapy programs, the unique university-based OPTR program is designed around you and boasts our trademark affordability, flexibility and faculty.

Classes are small and convenient.  The faculty- to- student ratio allows for near one-on-one learning and course instructors are top caliber practitioners and expert educators dedicated to the profession and patient care. Courses can be taken at at our Bay Shore campus in two 2-week modules, augmented online, and some of the courses maybe be available at other locations around the country; a mentor will guide you at your place of employment and online, allowing you to continue working while furthering your education; and we offer a wide selection of supervised clinical residencies that involves 180 hours of one-on-one, guided clinical practice with master clinicians who are OCS.

Through ongoing clinical supervision and mentoring in both classroom and clinical settings by skilled clinicians and educators you will be prepared to become a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).