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Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Certificate Program

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Certificate Program is a 30-week online program of post-professional didactic education for physical therapists. Other health care professionals with experience in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal diagnoses are encouraged to apply as appropriate. Students will improve their clinical knowledge and practice while completing coursework that integrates the current best-evidence for the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

Courses are taught by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Orthopeadic Physical Therapy Residency faculty who have been recognized for their contributions to education, research and practice management. The faculty offer the highest caliber of training and an opportunity for students to become distinguished leaders in evidence-based orthopaedic and manual physical therapy practice.

Program at a Glance

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Duration: 30 weeks (five six-week courses)
Application deadline: Rolling admission
Program start: Spring: January 24, 2022
Fall: August 8, 2022
Program cost: $1,250 per course or $5,500 for learners registering for entire certificate ($750 discount)
Eligibility critera: Applicants must meet the following criteria before the start of the program: graduate of an accredited physical therapy program, licensed in your current jurisdiction, English language proficiency.

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Program Features

  • Combination of lectures and guided independent study and skill practice
  • Primarily asynchronous sessions with 1-2 synchronous lectures that will be recorded in the event you are unable to attend the live event
  • Assessments throughout the program culminating in a final exam
  • Seven supporting faculty members, each with designated virtual office hours
  • Opportunities to prove your skill development through discussion board posts and video uploads of skills performed

Program Goals

  • Develop evidence-informed practice principles
  • Integrate the APTA’s Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy’s Clinical Practice Guidelines via case examples and integrative learning
  • Develop the content knowledge, clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills to confidently provide care for orthopedic medical conditions
  • Promote life-long learning 

Curriculum and Schedule

The certificate program consists of five six-week courses. Curriculum combines asynchronous and synchronous components to provide an evidence-informed approach to the management of musculoskeletal conditions with accompanying psychomotor skills that are reviewed by the instructors to ensure safety and competence.

All instructors are either Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in either Orthopaedic (OCS) or Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), or Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

CourseDates (Spring 2022)Instructor(s)
Course 1: Effective Physical Therapy PracticeJanuary 24, 2022 – March 4, 2022Terrence McGee, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Ryan Cummings, PT, DPT, OCS
Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Course 2: CervicothoracicMarch 14, 2022 – April 22, 2022Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Course 3: LumbopelvicMay 2, 2022 – June 10, 2022Julie Finocchiaro, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Andrew Kunin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Course 4: Lower QuarterJune 20, 2022 – July 29, 2022Ryan Cummings, PT, DPT, OCS
John Dale, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Course 5: Upper QuarterAugust 8, 2022 – September 16, 2022Andrew Kunin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Ryerson Stinson, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

Certificate Program Director

Terrence McGee PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT

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