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Last Updated: May 7, 2020, 5:00 pm

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

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.

This 18-credit certificate program offers an intense and rigorous curriculum, combining clinical courses with online mentoring, and supervised clinical experiences to prepare you for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam and for effectively and efficiently treating patients with orthopedic disorders, such as cervical pain, carpal tunnel, tendon repairs, shoulder impingement, joint replacement and sports injury.

Clinical Mentoring

A critical part of our program, residents work one-on-one with a clinical mentor who is an orthopedic specialist and gain experience in hand, TMJ, and spine specialties. A mentor will guide you at your place of employment and online, allowing you to continue working while furthering your education.

Your Personal Professor

Classes are small and convenient. The faculty-to-student ratio allows for near one-on-one learning with course instructors who are top caliber practitioners and expert educators dedicated to the profession and patient care.


We are accredited by APTA’s American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).


How it Works

Program Length

Our curriculum is designed to be completed in two years, or fast-tracked, in one year.

Program Format

Our curriculum is designed to be completed in two years, or fast-tracked, in one year.