The curriculum was developed as a clinical fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and is accredited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), and the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. Graduates are conferred a Doctor of Science degree from Baylor University and may apply for fellow status from AAOMPT.
The program focuses on an advanced clinical reasoning model with emphasis on a thorough examination and careful observation of the outcomes of physical therapy intervention. The 18-month training program is designed to prepare experienced physical therapists to be clinical experts in the management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions from through evidence-based evaluation and treatment.
The 18-month program includes a comprehensive array of clinically relevant topics. These include anatomy, biomechanics, differential diagnosis, radiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, research design and statistics, and critical review of the literature. Classes in anatomy and biomechanics are coordinated with the manual physical therapy instruction for a body region learning approach. Didactic classes are taught by physical therapists with post-professional doctoral degrees that are also board-certified clinical specialists through the APTA, as well as BAMC medical staff. Clinical instruction emphasizes a thorough evaluation, an intervention-and-reassess model, and rapid return to functional activities.
Graduates have the foundation to rapidly assimilate manual therapy techniques and treatment philosophies of various origins. A publishable research project is a requirement of the fellowship.