Orthopedics (CAS)

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Why Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

The Northeastern University Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study of Orthopedics is designed for licensed physical therapists interested in developing advanced skills in orthopedic physical therapy.

The Northeastern University Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study of Orthopedics, designed for licensed physical therapists interested in developing advanced skills in orthopedic physical therapy, consists of five courses (18 credits) and is taught 100 percent online. The online design of the program will provide practicing physical therapists the flexibility to adapt to their demanding schedules, save time on travel and complete the program from the comfort of their homes.

The program can be completed in 18 to 36 months with fall, winter, and summer start dates. The online format will foster the development of critical reflective thinking through case studies and discussions focusing on the most current information in orthopedic physical therapy. An optional 2½-day hands-on lab that will include components of each of the courses (upper extremity, lower extremity, spine) will be offered each spring. Students enrolled in the program will have the option to take the hands-on labs for an extra fee.


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Unique Features

  • Program designed for licensed physical therapists
  • Flexible online schedule to accommodate practicing clinicians
  • Option to take hands-on lab
  • Prepares students to sit for the American Physical Therapy Association's Board of Physical Therapy Specialist Orthopedic clinical specialization examination

Program Objectives

  • Prepare physical therapists to integrate the current research into their orthopedic clinical practice
  • Apply knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics to the evaluation and treatment of the musculoskeletal system
  • Interpret and analyze medical and physical examination findings based on the Patient/Client Management Model
  • Analyze current surgical interventions for the musculoskeletal system as it applies to physical therapy care
  • Provide the student the knowledge and skills required to sit for the American Physical Therapy Association's Board of Physical Therapy Specialist Orthopedic clinical specialization examination

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study of Orthopedics General Requirements
PTH 6560 - Patient Management Models and Evidence-Based Practice in Orthopedics
2.00
PTH 6561 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
4.00
PTH 6562 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand
4.00
PTH 6563 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
4.00
PTH 6564 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle
4.00

An optional two-and-a-half-day hands-on lab that will include components of each of the courses (upper extremity, lower extremity, spine) will be offered each spring. People enrolled in the program will have the option to take the hands-on labs for an extra fee.

Did You Know?

A graduate certificate can boost your earnings by an average of 25% (Washington Post, 2012).

Did You Know?

Certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials in the United States (Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012).

Average Time to Completion

18-36 Months

Commitment

Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Summer
Winter

Visa Eligible

No