Apply to the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Program

RHCHP student working on a patient's legOur post professional Fellowship in Manual Therapy is designed for PTs who want to be leaders in the areas of teaching, research, and the practice of manual physical therapy.

 

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Entry-level Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program. 
  • Evidence of current and valid physical therapy licensure in the United States.
  • Evidence of current APTA membership is required for admitted students.
  • Evidence of current AAOMPT membership is required for admitted students.
  • One and a half years of experience in orthopaedic practice.
  • Currently engaged in clinical practice in specialty practice area (thus board eligible for APTA Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification).*
  • Eligibility for the Fellowship program is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

    Due to the clinical portion of the program and healthcare agency requirements, ability to begin the program for admitted students is dependent upon successful completion of all new student requirements. Additional documentation may be required for the clinical practicum course (e.g. CPR, PPD results, immunization records, drug screens, etc.). Student must also complete an academic integrity quiz. Details for completion all of these items will be made available to admitted students.

    *Fellows in Training (FiT) need to be Orthopaedic Certified Specialists (OCS) eligible, and therefore have at least one and a half years of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Students that are not OCS certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS exam prior to completion of the practicum examination. Due to the lag between application, and receipt of results (up to 12 months); if acceptance to sit for the OCS examination has been completed, an applicant may complete the practicum examination prior to sitting for the examination if approved by course faculty. It is strongly encouraged that Fellows in Training apply for the OCS exam prior to July 31st of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

    RANKING

    Admission to the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis.

    CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION IN ADMISSION REVIEW

    We consider a number of factors when evaluating applications. Desire to learn is a priority, as is keen interest and evidence of commitment to advanced musculoskeletal practice, conference activity, especially AAOMPT, clinical research, mentoring of physical therapy students, CEU's taken, expressed interests in OMPT, and location of potential mentors are considered. The length of your career is also a consideration, but not an absolute factor. Where you wish to be in three years is a priority. The Fellowship is a post-professional option for US licensed physical therapists. Students that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification, years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program.

    Regis University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student who would pose an unreasonable risk of harm to self or others, or any unreasonable risk of disruption to the academic or clinical processes of the School of Physical Therapy, the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, or the University. Also, adherence to the Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist, and Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy as described by the American Physical Therapy Association is required for all students in the program.

The application deadline for Regis University's Fellowship in Manual Therapy program is November 15, 2014 for the group starting on January 5, 2015, or June 15, 2015 for the group starting on August 24, 2015.  We are currently accepting applications.

Applicants must submit all required admission information as instructed on the RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) application. This, in part, includes the following:

  • Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
  • Correct RF-PTCAS application fee
  • Official transcripts from every U.S. physical therapy college or university attended sent directly to RF-PTCAS. Official transcripts should not to be sent directly to Regis University. Transcripts are not required for non-PT degrees for Regis University's Fellowship in Manual Therapy program. RF-PTCAS does not accept student-issued transcripts or faxed copies.
  • Two electronic letters of recommendation (eLOR's) sent directly to RF-PTCAS on standard form provided in the application. 
  • Address the three essay questions that are part of the RF-PTCAS application.
  • Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize eligibility for admission consideration.
  • RF-PTCAS
    P.O. Box 9128
    Watertown, MA 02471
    617-612-2875
    rfptcasinfo@rfptcas.org
    www.rfptcas.org/rfptcas/
    Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/RFPTCAS
    Twitter: @rfptcas

Foreign Applicant Requirements

Foreign applicants should submit an evaluation of foreign education credentials to RF-PTCAS from one of the agencies approved by RF-PTCAS for PT foreign colleges attended.  Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable.  Refer to additional information for International Colleges and Universities on the RF-PTCAS site.

What is a Fellowship?

A dynamic environment for a post-professional planned learning experience in a focused area of clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-professional or for post-residency prepared, or board-certified therapists).

What is orthopaedic manual physical therapy (OMPT)?

Orthopaedic manual physical therapy is a defined area of physical therapy practice emphasizing clinical differential diagnostics and hands on skills in the utilization of manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation) procedures while integrating these procedures into total patient management across the lifespan. Manual physical therapy has a rapidly expanding body of peer-reviewed evidence supporting its use across a wide spectrum of patient populations. It is currently the most popular area of fellowship practice in physical therapy.

Who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)?

"Fellow" status in the AAOMPT is both a membership classification and a professional credential. As a professional credential, a "Fellow" in AAOMPT is an international recognition of competence and expertise in the practice of orthopaedic manual physical therapy by a physical therapist licensed in the USA. To achieve the Fellow credential, a physical therapist must complete a credentialed fellowship program in orthopaedic manual physical therapy or demonstrate the equivalent level of competence by successfully passing a portfolio review process for fellowship renewal. The "Fellow" is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal (orthopaedic) disorders. Fellows serve their patients and the public by demonstrating excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.

For more information on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists visit their website at www.aaompt.org.

What is the mission and philosophy of the program?

The Fellowship program at Regis University is dedicated to providing a values-centered education within the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The program is designed to produce graduates who are leaders in the areas of teaching, research, and in practice. The Fellowship graduates will be grounded in an evidence-based practice model and experts at integrating evidence into the daily practice of physical therapy.
The Goals of the Fellowship Program include:

  • Provide a cutting edge educational environment that integrates state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Admit and develop physical therapists that value the Jesuit tradition of service to others and are committed to ethical professional practice.
  • Attract and support physical therapy educators who model professional behavior, excel in teaching, contribute to the physical therapy profession, and support the fellowship students in their reflection of "how ought we to live."
  • Develop leaders in education, research, and practice who assume leadership roles in the APTA.

Many ask what theoretical framework the Regis University FMT program uses, with consideration to our influences from pioneers and leaders in OMPT practice. At Regis we build from a foundation of primarily a Maitland approach but draw from elements of many schools of thought which the literature supports, looking for the best blend for each individual and each patient. The value of training in many realms cannot be understated.

What is the Regis University approach to manual therapy training?

It is not the intent of the Regis University Fellowship in Manual Therapy to house a comprehensive approach to Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) practice that is exclusive to other established theories and paradigms of manual therapy interventions. It is our intent to advance the didactic and psycho-motor skill set of each Fellow in Training (FiT) within the field of OMPT, with emphasis to the following key elements:

1. Adherence to the APTA/AAOMPT & IFOMPT educational guidelines
2. Utilization of a clinical approach which embraces all three elements of evidence based practice (EBP), being patient values, the available research literature and the clinical experience of our mentors and our mentees
3. Utilization of a test-re-test approach in patient intra-session assessment such that it is the patients response to a treatment interventions versus a prescribed expectation of response that directs the ongoing treatment plan
4. Patient assessment with an emphasis to reproduction of an asterisk sign or reproducible functional movement, to enable quick identification of progress, regression or no change clinically with applied treatment
5. Integration of thrust, non-thrust, MET, soft tissue base, patient directed and specific exercise based interventions which are both therapist and patient selective based upon the concept that both patient and therapist vantage matter within the body of acceptable practice approaches
6. Recognition that acceptable practice approaches within PT are currently housed within current clinical practice guidelines such as those produced within JOSPT, overall OMPT practice elements as outlined in the AAOMPT DASP-2008, and any OMPT approach utilized is patient centered and measureable with functional outcomes assessment tools utilized
7. Blending of specific axial and appendicular interventions in OMPT patient management with regional interdependence approaches
8. Safety in the delivery of OMPT interventions, noting that a step-wise progression from least to most aggressive is often optimal, but not absolute based upon clinical examination
9. Desiring to learn from the body of OMPT approaches within the available literature, with an eclectic approach to practice allowing for the maximal patient treatment options for the benefit of both patient and practitioner
10. Finally, recognizing that future practice may not mimic current practice, and that contributions to the EBP literature by FiT’s is encouraged and expected.

What advantage does your program have as a regionally accredited University?

We are an established University with a 135 plus years of history to draw from as we continually pursue excellence in education. We have an exceptional and respected faculty base to collaborate with across the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in programs from nursing, pharmacy, counseling and health education services. Our School of Physical Therapy is nationally recognized, and our faculty are both expert clinicians and passionate teachers, with expertise in many areas of PT, including OMPT. We offer a small college feel in regard to individual attention, but access to abundant and robust resources to support our students like our ITS Help Center, library resources, and extensive alumni network to name a few. Additionally, clinicians considering our program that work for other colleges, members of the military, and hospitals that offer tuition assistant benefits have requirements for tuition reimbursement that often mandate credit be from a regionally accredited program. Our campus is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado which means our fellowship students not only get hands-on training at our historic campus, but get to explore a city recognized time and again for its healthy lifestyle and great amenities.

Do applicants to the Fellowship have to be doctorally prepared?

No. The Fellowship is a post professional option for US licensed physical therapists. Students that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, OCS certification, years of experience, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program. 

What do you look for when reviewing applications?

Desire to learn is a priority, a keen interest in manual therapy, conference activity especially AAOMPT, CEU's taken, expressed interests and location of potential mentors. We all have different educational backgrounds be it DPT, BSPT, MSPT, and the length of your career is also a consideration, but not an absolute factor as well. Where you wish to be in three years is a priority. Currently, at a minimum, Fellows in Training (FiT) need to be Orthopaedic Certified Specialists (OCS) eligible, and therefore have at least one and a half year of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Students that are not OCS certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS exam prior to completion of the practicum examination or be accepted to sit for the examination. Per APTA current indications, the cut-off for matriculation into a Fellowship without completion of a residency or OCS is going to be January 1, 2016 at which time entering students will need to have completed a residency or be OCS certified.

What are virtual rounds?

Recent developments in educational technology now allows for more meaningful online collaboration. Fellows in Training interact in “virtual rounds” for patient case discussions with other Fellows in training and Fellowship mentors. There is typically no specific scheduled time to participate, and the online virtual rounds are always open for activity. Students typically start virtual rounds towards the end of their first management course and continue involvement throughout the program.

Virtual rounds are primarily discussion of active (de-identified) patient cases with other Fellows-in-Training and Faculty for the purpose of progressing and developing OMPT patient care skill sets. An example would be posting of a current patient case based upon body region, the subjective and objective findings, key unanswered questions pertinent to the case, supporting literature for interventions chosen, as well as plan of care currently ongoing. Secondary activity is based upon discussion of key issues in regulation and teaching in OMPT practice, presentation and research development, and non-patient OMPT questions.

How much time is required for coursework for students in the program?

A significant majority of our fellows in training are full-time clinicians with many of them serving in additional roles such as clinic supervisors, directors, or owners. One advantage of our fellowship program is that it can be completed by the full-time clinician without the need to cut back on hours or relocate. All of our courses utilize a hybrid online learning environment which means that you can work on your coursework anytime of the day, and any day of the week. There are four weekend intensives (Fri afternoon - Sun afternoon) that are associated with each of the four management courses that require attendance on campus at Regis University. One additional trip to campus is required for the final practicum examination. Overall students should expect to make five visits to our campus in Denver, Colorado. The amount of time required per week depends on which courses you are enrolled in at the time. When you are enrolled within a management course the amount of time required is typically 4-5 hours per week. When you are enrolled in our virtual rounds the time is less (approximately 2-3 hours per week). However, time varies depending upon your learning style.

Can I take a vacation while enrolled in a course?

One of the great benefits of the program is the flexibility of the online content. We can accommodate time away when enrolled in a course, but it depends a bit on the length of time. Typically a week or less over the 8 week course can be accommodated, particularly if you can access email once or twice to check-in. Beyond a week away without checking in would require approval from the faculty/director. Participation in the scheduled weekend intensives is required. Keep in mind that our courses rotate on a yearly schedule. Students can opt to spread out their studies over one to three years so they may elect to enroll in a course the following year if personal or professional obligations are an issue for any given 8-week session.

What is the cost of the Fellowship program?

The current per semester hour price for the Fall 2014-Summer 2015 school year is $535; therefore the cost of a 3-semester hour course is $1,605. The total estimated cost of tuition for the 18 semester hour program is $9630. Student pay on a per course basis, not as a lump sum.

Additional estimated costs beyond tuition include the following: RF-PTCAS application free ($135), background check ($60), APTA and AAOMPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (5 trips), registration and travel to national conference (must attend one conference - CSM or AAOMPT), possible travel and accommodations to complete the 150 one:one clinical hours.

Am I eligible for student loans during this program?

Yes. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FASFA allows you to apply for federal, state and institutional loans. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as early as possible before starting class. The FAFSA takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Use 001363 in FASFA Step 6 as the Regis University FAFSA code. Get details on at the Regis University Financial Aid webpage.

Can I defer my loans while in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program?

Yes. Any Federal Direct Loan may be deferred during your time in the program for the semesters in which you maintain part time study (3 semester hours for graduate students). Fellowship students that follow the typical course schedule maintain part time status during the twelve months of didactic study, and for the semester in which they complete the practicum requirements (150 hours of 1:1 mentor time). Students that are on alternative schedules are still eligible to defer loans for the semesters in which they maintain part time status. Repayment of past loans will start if you are inactive for a period of 6 months. Federal Direct Loans have a 6 month grace period after the student has either graduated or is less than half-time, as long as these loans haven’t already used up their grace period. Anyone that is deferring loans will need to maintain contact with your Regis University financial aid counselor to discuss variations to schedules.

Do students pay the Fellowship mentors?

While some programs have fees associated with the Fellowship 1:1 mentor time, at this point Regis students have not been charged for their direct clinical time, though this is a decision of the potential mentor and not of Regis University, but supported by our program intent. We have a strong base of Fellowship mentors to support our students. However, if reimbursement were requested by a Fellow mentor, any reimbursement to the teaching Fellow is between the Fellow in Training and the Fellow mentor, and does not include Regis.

Do I receive a degree from the Fellowship Programs?

No. Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, the graduate will receive a Regis University Academic Certificate that will be recorded on an official University transcript. This serves as meeting the requirements of the AAOMPT to apply for Fellowship status.

Can I begin the Fellowship prior to earning the OCS?

While students are currently eligible to apply to the Fellowship program prior to being OCS certified, the Fellowship is designed to follow an Orthopeadic Residency (or equivalent, i.e. OCS). Students that are not OCS certified at the time of application are expected to sit for the OCS exam prior to completion of the practicum examination. Due to the lag between application, and receipt of results (up to 12 months); if acceptance to sit for the OCS examination has been completed, an applicant may complete the practicum examination prior to sitting for the examination if approved by course faculty. It is strongly encouraged that Fellows in Training apply for the OCS exam prior to July 31st of the year they expect to complete Fellowship requirements.

Per current APTA indications, the cut-off for matriculation into a Fellowship without completion of a residency or OCS is going to be January 1, 2016 at which time entering students will need to have completed a residency or be OCS certified.

Are there additional expectations and requirements for the Fellowship?

The Fellowship uses a variety of methods to assess the clinical competence of each fellow in training. The fellow in training must demonstrate safe and effective patient/client management in a clinical setting with an examiner present. In addition, there are the following requirements:

  • A comprehensive written examination.
  • Four technique/practical examinations.
  • One patient exam with a spinal/axial focus.
  • One patient exam with a peripheral/appendicular focus.
  • A platform or poster presentation at a national meeting.
  • Participation in research activity.

What are the clinical practice hour requirements of the  program?

Students in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy complete a minimum of 440 hours of clinical practice focused on orthopaedic physical therapy during the program. This includes a minimum of 310 hours in virtual rounds, and 150 hours of direct one-on-one clinical practice working with two or more Fellows.

One-on-one clinical practice hours must be under direct clinical supervision of a Fellowship Mentor. Mentors must be in good standing with the AAOMPT and we must establish a clinic agreement with them. Clinical supervision is defined as on-site, one-on-one instructor supervision of the Fellow in training while actively engaged in patient/client management. The Fellow in training must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient’s care for a minimum of 130 of the 150 hours. The remaining 20 hours may be devoted to observation or the instructor providing care to the instructor’s patient(s) and/or discussion with the instructor on patient/client management.

Where are the one-on-one supervision clinical sites?

There are a number of clinical sites throughout the country who have agreed to work with Fellows in our program. It is the responsibility of the Fellows in training to arrange state licensure, travel, accommodations, etc., when engaged in practice at these facilities. Fellows in training who wish to arrange one-on-one supervision with new potential Fellowship Mentors are encouraged to work with the program to establish a formal relationship with our program. Regis is able to provide a list to admitted students of the majority of our 70 plus graduates to date, based upon location, to facilitate this process.

What about licensure if I complete one-on-one hours out of state?

For Fellows in Training (FiT’s) attending 1:1 mentor time out of state there is variability in requirements pertaining to PT licensure. Approximately 25 states allow for attendance to another state under a licensure waiver for an educational experience (CO is one as long as a letter is sent to the PT board), the rest require the obtainment of a license, some by reciprocation, some by application. As these rules are subject to change, the individual practice act needs to be reviewed.

How much travel is involved in completing the program?

The Fellows in training spend five weekends at our beautiful campus located in Denver, Colorado. One weekend for each of the four management courses is required and one additional weekend is necessary for the final practical examinations. Additional travel includes attendance at one national conference (AAOMPT Annual Meeting or CSM), and possible travel related to the 150 hours of one-on-one clinical practice under the direct supervision of a Fellow.

Is the Fellowship in Manual Therapy program credentialed with APTA?

Yes. Regis University's Fellowship in Manual Therapy has been credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy since 2006, and currently through 2018.

What are the core courses in the Fellowship in Manual Therapy Program?

The core courses total 18 semester hours:

  • DPT 741T Management of Lumbosacral Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 742T Management of Cervical/Thoracic Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 745T Management of Lower Extremity Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 746T Management of Upper Extremity Disorders (3 SH)
  • DPT 784T Virtual Rounds I (1 SH)
  • DPT 785T Virtual Rounds II (1 SH)
  • DPT 786T Virtual Rounds III (1 SH)
  • DPT 790T Clinical Fellowship Practicum (3 SH)