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Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy Certificate

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Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy Certificate


This certificate program, which is registered with the New York State Education Department, offers physical therapists advanced theoretical knowledge, problem-solving, and hands-on skills in the specialty area of neuromusculoskeletal examination, evaluation and interventions.


Course Requirements

Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Degree: Certificate

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 709

Business Management Strategies for Physical Therapists

This course will introduce relevant health care business management concepts and tools along with the most current legislative issues affecting physical therapy practice in the United States. Students will develop a basic foundation for business management strategies and professional issues needed in order to lead clinical operations of physical therapy in a variety of healthcare settings including the demand for both clinical and business excellence in the future of the physical therapy profession.

Prerequisites: None

PT 731

Advanced Orthopedic Spine

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies for management of musculoskeletal problems focusing on the spine. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

PT 732

Advanced Orthopedics Extremities

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies for management of musculoskeletal problems focusing on the extremities. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

Total 8

Advanced Practice (must complete 5 credits from the list below):

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 634

Spinal Manipulation

This course presents evaluation and treatment strategies specific to spinal manipulation. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

PT 684

Manual Therapy in Sports Rehabilitation

This course will provide physical therapists with advanced techniques and problem solving skills for the examination and management of athletes with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Course participants will be exposed to a wide-range of evidence-based approaches to the application of orthopedic manual physical therapy. Techniques will include but are not limited to: thrust and non-thrust manipulation, soft tissue manipulation as well as kinematic taping and exercise progressions. The course instructor will direct topic-focused discussion and problem solving sessions,evaluate and provide feedback of psychomotor skills demonstrated.

Prerequisites: None

PT 686

Aquatic P.T.

Students will develop progressive skills in the practice of aquatic physical therapy. This course will emphasize development of a plan of care and interventions related to aquatic exercise. Students will practice hands-on skills,as well as develop an understanding of aquatics.

Prerequisites: None

PT 687

Comprehensive Soft Tissue Manipulation

This course is an introduction to soft tissue manipulation. It is designed to teach the participant an electic approach to evaluate and treat the soft tissues of the body. The students will learn a movement based assessment, which incorporates elements of MDT and the SFMA. The participant will review the anatomy and physiology of myofascia. Indications and contraindications to treatment will be discussed. The treatments will be divided into three types: 1)basic soft tissue manipulation, 2)functional release, and 3) instrument/tool assisted soft tissue manipulation using the EDGE Tool. Patterns of tissue dysfunction will be taught for assessment and treatment. Format includes lecture, demonstration, supervised lab practice and problem solving.

Prerequisites: None

PT 688

Functional Approach to Exercise

The main objective in this class will be to take a look at functional biomechanics and muscle function, and place them into practical rehabilitation settings. Also, the components of function will be broken down into measurable tests, thereby leading us into a spectrum of functional exercises and treatment strategies.

Prerequisites: None

PT 750

Taping Methods

Prerequisites: None

PT 752

Intro to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Students will develop a basic understanding of the role of Physical Therapy in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. This course will cover non-internal evaluation and treatment techniques for an array of diagnosis. Orthopedic training principles well be used to design basic programs. Specialized tests will be introduced in order to accurately evaluate the deep core musculature as it pertains to functional movement. This course will be lecture and lab format.

Prerequisites: None

Total 7

 Clinical Fieldwork:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 660

Clinical Residency

This course is a structured clinical experience, which allows the certificate student clinicians the opportunity to apply and master skills acquired during their course of study in a supervised clinical environment.

Prerequisites: None

Total 2

Total required for Certificate in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy: 15



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Admission Requirements

Applicants to this certificate program must present the following:

  1. Official transcripts indicating an entry-level degree in physical therapy and,
  2. A current active license to practice physical therapy in the U.S. or its equivalent.

Students who are currently enrolled in the doctor of physical therapy program may also apply for admission to this certificate program if they:

  1. Obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member who is an orthopedic specialist, and
  2. Are in good standing within the DPT program, and
  3. Have a minimum 3.30 G.P.A. for all courses within the DPT orthopedic curriculum (PT 522, PT 513, lecture and labs).

The number of seats available per cohort in the certificate program will be determined by the number of sites available that can offer the advanced clinical internship.


Physical Therapy Department

The physical therapy department recognizes a choice of pathways for freshman acceptance into the sequential degree entry-level physical therapy program.

  • B.S. in biology offered through the math and natural sciences department + D.P.T. program
  • B.S. in exercise and sports studies offered through the exercise and sports studies department + D.P.T. program
  • B.S. in health services offered through the health services administration department + D.P.T. program.

In this sequential-degree entry-level P.T. program, entering freshmen matriculate in and complete their B.S. degree through the respective departments. Upon completion of the B.S. degree, students who satisfy all D.P.T. admission requirements are accepted into the three-year doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) program.

For a further description of the D.P.T. curriculum and academic requirements, please refer to the D'Youville College Graduate Catalog. Students will graduate with an entry-level doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degree. The three-year graduate D.P.T. program is registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association:

Commission Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314

Telephone: 703-716-3245