Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual PT, University of Illinois at Chicago

The UIC Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is a certificate program designed to provide advanced manipulation and orthopedic manual physical therapy training to licensed physical therapists, consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The program involves didactic and practical coursework and mentored clinical practice, including 440 supervised hours, 130 of which are spent one on one with a mentor. A strong emphasis is placed upon clinical reasoning and evidence based evaluative and management skills, including thrust and non-thrust manipulation. In addition, the program provides extensive educational experiences in the neurophysiological mechanisms and management of musculoskeletal pain. The advanced training received at the fellowship level prepares the physical therapist for management of the complex patient.

The UIC Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program began its inaugural class in Fall 2005, graduating its first Fellow in July 2006.

The deadline for admission is February 1.

Successful applicants are employed by one of several clinical sites associated with the program, including the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, NorthShore University Medical Center, Rush University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Edward Hospital and Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St Joseph, MI. Fellows-in-training are employed full-time for a 12-month duration, or in some instances, part-time over a 24 month period. Various payment options are available for candidates based on the clinical site where they are employed.


The UIC Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. UIC now becomes one of only 25 accredited programs in the U.S. and the only program based in Illinois.

Upon successful completion of an accreditedfellowship program, students can apply for recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).


11th Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Manual Therapy
Fri, Nov. 11, 2016
2-6 p.m.

Joshua ClelandPresented by Joshua A. Cleland, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

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