Graduate Certificate in Advanced Study of Orthopedics

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Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 18
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

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. This program will consist of five courses (18 credits) and be 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.

The five courses that make up the certificate are:

  1. Patient Management Models and Evidence-Based Practice in Orthopedics
  2. Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
  3. Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand
  4. Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  5. Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee,  Foot and Ankle

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. People enrolled in the program will have the option to take the hands-on labs for an extra fee.

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 Orthopaedic clinical specialization examination

** Please contact Eric Folmar, program director for further information: e.folmar@northeastern.edu or 617.304.9253


Curriculum

 

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (18 q.h.)

PTH 6560 Patient Management Models and Evidence-Based Practice in
Orthopedics
2 q.h.
PTH 6561 Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint 4 q.h. 
PTH 6562 Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand 4 q.h.
PTH 6563 Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint  4 q.h.
PTH 6564 Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot, and Ankle 4 q.h.

 

Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcripts:
    • Official undergraduate degree transcript in physical therapy OR Official graduate degree transcript in physical therapy AND official undergraduate degree transcript
    Foreign Academic Credentials: Must submit the following
  • Copy of physical therapy license
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $12,078.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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