Even though American physical therapy educational programs now offer a master’s (MPT, MSPT, MS) or doctoral (DPT) degree, the level of manual and diagnostic skill emerging from an accredited PT program is still primary and undifferentiated. Proficiency in a specialty such as orthopedic physical therapy requires a specialized education beyond the basic level, one which is coupled with clinical work in a setting conducive to continual practice.
Our commitment to post-graduate education of the physical therapist is perhaps our greatest distinction. With its origin in both PNF and the Norwegian Evjenth-Kaltenborn approach, our curriculum of 15-hour weekend courses and the 11-monthLong-term course is the broadest and longest-running of its kind in the western United States. Our Long-term Orthopedic Manual Therapy Course has advanced the professional growth of over 400 graduates, many of whom have repeated the course. Known for its rigor and intensity, the course has energized and challenged these therapists to acquire new levels of skill
The growing network of past course participants has served as an invaluable tool for referring patients and clients to other practitioners who share this known common background. Similarly, physicians seeking a physical therapy clinic offering a higher level of assessment and treatment skill frequently request referrals from our current Long-term participant and past Long-term participant lists.