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Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Sarah Pictor working with students in a physical therapy clinical skills lab

D'Youville offers one advanced certificate program for physical therapists who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular area.

Overview and Distinctions

Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Registered with the New York State Education Department, D'Youville's advanced orthopedic specialist program offers physical therapists advanced theoretical knowledge, problem-solving, and hands on skills in the specialty area of neuromusculoskeletal examination, evaluation, and interventions.


Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 731 Advanced Orthopedics Spine 3
PT 732 Advanced Orthopedics Extremities 3
PT 706 Business Management Strategies for PT Practice 3

Advanced Practice

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 634 Spinal Manipulation I 1
PT 689D Comp Soft Tissue Manipulation 1
PT 689C Functional Approach to Exercise 1
PT 750/750L Taping Methods and Applications (lecture and lab) 1

Clinical Fieldwork

Course Number Course Name Credits
PT 660 4 Week Advanced Orthopedic Clinical Internship (160 hours) 2

Total credits required for Certificate in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy: 15

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this certificate program must present the following:

  • Official transcripts indicating an entry-level degree in physical therapy and,
  • 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:

  • Obtain a recommendation letter from a faculty member who is an orthopedic specialist, and
  • Are in good standing within the DPT program, and
  • Have a minimum 3.25 GPA for all courses within the DPT orthopedic curriculum (PT 512, PT 513, PT 613, lecture and labs)

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