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Prepare to practice musculoskeletal physical therapy using current evidence.
- Courses utilize a hybrid model of online learning and manual skills laboratory sessions.
- The 12-credit program can be completed in one to three years.
- Combine with clinical mentoring in an Orthopaedic Residency
- The program is affordable and competitively priced.
- Students network and connect with nationally recognized faculty and peers.
- All Musculoskeletal Certificate courses are 2-credits.
- Students can take two courses before formal application and matriculation.
- Arcadia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked in the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The primary goal of this certificate program is to prepare clinicians to practice musculoskeletal physical therapy using current evidence. Consistent with this goal, the program is designed to provide sufficient content, knowledge and skills to prepare students to sit for the orthopaedic clinical specialization examination offered by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
The curriculum consists of six, 2-credit courses. Two courses deal with general concepts relevant to the management of all musculoskeletal conditions. The remaining four courses are regional, and each includes relevant anatomy, biomechanics, imaging, medical screening as well as current best evidence related to examination and intervention with emphasis on the most prevalent conditions for each region. The regional courses include a laboratory component for development of manual skills.
Laboratory Sessions: The courses in the program utilize a hybrid model of online learning with integrated manual skills laboratory sessions. The manual skills laboratory sessions will occur between 2 to 4 weekends per year. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.
Students may take two courses before formal application and matriculation. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission.
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Students may take two courses before formal application and matriculation. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission
The following program-specific requirements must be met:
- Proof of graduation (transcript) from a physical therapist degree program accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education (currently CAPTE)
- Current state professional license
- Brief essay articulating and interest in the certificate
- Basic computer skills including Internet and e-mail.
- Computer system requirements.
Tuition and Costs
2014-15 Tuition: $800 per credit
The curriculum for the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Certificate program consists of six, 2-credit courses. There is no required course sequence. A minimum of 12 credits is required.
The following courses are required.
- PT 656 Neuromuscular Tissues (2 credits)
- PT 680 Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Reasoning (2 credits)
- PT 681 Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint (2 credits)
- PT 682 Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand (2 credits)
- PT 683 Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint (2 credits)
- PT 684 Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Ankle and Gait (2 credits)
- PT 789 Independent Study (6 credits total - 2 Fall, 2 Spring, 2 Summer)
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- PT 680 Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Reasoning, May 5 - June 20
- PT 656 Neuromuscular Tissues, June 30 - Aug. 15
- PT 681 Cervical/Thoracic/TMJ, Aug. 25 - Oct. 10
- PT 682 Upper Extremity, Oct. 20 - Dec. 5
- PT 683 Lumbar Spine/SIJ, Jan. 12 – Feb. 27
- PT 684 Lower Extremity, March 9 – April 2
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of our students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.arcadia.edu/gainful.