COL Douglas A. Kersey Advanced Clinical & Operational Practice Course


COL Douglas A. Kersey Advanced Clinical & Operational Practice Course

ATTRS Course Number: 6H-A0606


This course is designed to teach physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions involving the lumbosacral, thoracic and cervical spine, the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. Course content includes a review of the anatomy of the neuromusculoskeletal system to include the shoulder girdle, axial structure, and lower limbs. Subject matter experts will discuss specialty areas of general medicine, pharmacology, orthopedics, and radiology as related to neuromusculoskeletal evaluation. Methodology will include lecture, demonstration, and lab exercises. This course is partial fulfillment for credentialing Army physical therapists as neuromusculoskeletal evaluators.


  • Identify pathologies of non-musculoskeletal origin which mimic musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the aspects of radiology that are relevant to PT evaluation and intervention.
  • State the effects, contraindications and indications for those medications which military PTs may be credentialed to prescribe, as well as for those which may affect physical therapy intervention.
  • Apply the current best evidence for examination of the knee region and state which diagnostic tests have the best sensitivity and specificity for selected knee pathologies.
  • Given a patient with specific impairments related to dysfunction of the spine or lower extremity, select an appropriate manual therapy technique and correctly perform it to address the impairments.
  • Apply the current best evidence for examination of the spine and to provide specific interventions for spinal pathologies.


Attendees will be licensed active or reserve component physical therapists. Active or reserve component applicants who are projected to deploy within the next 12-18 months will be given priority seating. ROTC and direct accessions and those rotating to OCONUS also have priority seating. COMPLETION OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE COURSE (EPRC) - BASIC AWARENESS COURSE (2HR) IS MANDATORY BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ANY PPSCP COURSE. EPRC can be located @ JKO search course # P-Us261-HB.


2020 Dates: 21-25 September


Joint Base Lewis McChord - Madigan Army Medical Center


Please email your 3838 to MAJ Eliza Szymanek for review @

DA 3838 Template for the Kersey Course: Example DA 3838


2020 Kersey Brochure: Kersey Brochure


5 Days. Travel days: Arrive 20 September and depart after 1600 on the 25 September. 40 CEUs through TPTA will be available for the course.

Points of Contact

MAJ MAJ Eliza Szymanek or MAJ Jake Morrow