Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

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The Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program has been ABPTRFE accredited, working to foster leaders and excellence in the professional community since 2013.

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 one year, with extended options available as needed.

Program Format

Intensive clinical courses, online mentoring, and a supervised clinical experience prepare you for a specialization in orthopedics and the OCS exam.

Program Statistics

Accredited by the ABPTRFE since December 2013, we've admitted 26 students to the program since it began and all our graduates have been promoted to clinical and regional directors or higher-level positions in clinical and academic fields.


All time graduation rate


Graduation rate in the past two years


OCS pass rate for all who completed the exam