COMT or CAMM? How about both certifications?

 

COMT – Certification in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

The Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) is a post-graduate specialization programs designed for those physical and occupational therapists who decide to improve their manual therapy tools and skills, emphasizing advanced clinical reasoning, evidenced-informed and patient-centered approaches, examination, soft tissue management and joint specific mobilization. By achieving the COMT level professionals are worldwide recognized as highly skilled clinicians who have transformed their practice and promoted success recovery of their patients. The IAOM-US COMT is considered as a professional able to apply a systematic approach that identifies clinical patterns and creates specific treatments to address musculoskeletal movement dysfunctions.

The Hand and Upper Extremity Track is a post-graduation specialization program designed for physical and occupational therapists who strive for manual therapy expertise, leading to achievement of the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)designation. The COMT emphasizes advanced clinical reasoning, evidenced-informed decision-making, and a patient-centered approach to masterfully conduct a systematic clinical examination. After analysis of musculoskeletal movement dysfunction patterns, the IAOM-US COMT partners with their clients to restore functional participation in meaningful life activities by establishing effective intervention plans that include joint-specific mobilization techniques and soft tissue management. By achieving the COMT level, professionals are recognized worldwide as highly skilled clinicians who have transformed their practice and promoted successful recovery of their clients.

Email for inquiries related to registration and payment to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com). We will do our best to provide you with information and materials to help you succeed at this important professional milestone.

COMT Live Course Requirements

IAOM-US currently offers 4 types of COMT

You must:

  1. Be a current member of IAOM-US
  2. Have a current license as a physical therapist or occupational therapist
  3. Have completed the following courses:

1. COMT for Hand and Upper Extremity Specialists –

To be eligible for Module #1 exam, the applicant must have completed the following courses:

  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Hand
  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Wrist-Level I
  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Wrist-Level II

You need to successfully complete Wrist-Level I before taking Wrist-Level II

To be eligible for Module #2 exam, you must have completed the following courses:

  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Elbow
  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Shoulder
  • Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis & Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Outlet/Cervicothoracic Junction

Module #1 and Module #2 can be completed in any order.

To obtain the certification in Hand and Upper Extremity the applicant must have passed both Module#1 and #2 exams

 

2. COMT Spine

To be eligible for Certification Exam, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:

– Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on) of Cervical+ Thoracic + Lumbar
Or
– NEXT courses (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on of each (Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar)
Or
– A mix of these options: hybrid or NEXT of each one of the courses (Cervical+ Thoracic +Lumbar) and at least 1-day hands-on for each NEXT course taken.

3. COMT Lower Extremity

To be eligible for Certification Exam, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:

– Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on) of Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle
Or
– NEXT courses (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on of each (Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle)
Or
– A mix of these options: hybrid or NEXT of each one of the courses (Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle) and at least 1-day hands-on for each NEXT course taken

 

4. COMT Upper Extremity

To be eligible for Certification Exam, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:
– Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on) of Cervical + Shoulder + DUE
Or
– NEXT courses (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on) of each (Cervical + Shoulder + DUE)
Or
– A mix of these options: hybrid or NEXT of each one of the courses (Cervical + Shoulder + DUE) and at least 1-day hands-on for each NEXT course taken

IAOM-US will keep offering the older 12-course format COMT until December 31st, 2022 for colleagues interested to complete any of the following paths:

1. COMT Upper Spine: Upper cervical + Lower cervical + CTJ/TOS (Cervicothoracic Junction Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)
2. COMT Lower Spine: Thoracic spine+ Lumbar spine and SIJ + Lumbar spine recurrent disc disorders
3. COMT Upper Extremity: Shoulder + Elbow + Wrist and Hand

On average, candidates attempt to accomplish COMT in 18-30 months.

Registration and Payment

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

COST: Registration fee for both, written and practical examinations, is USD $450.00. For the COMT in H&UE the registration fee is USD $450.00 for each module.

*If you do not already have an IAOM-US Membership, register for membership first.

Register for Membership

Register for COMT

Important: Once you have made the payment for the certification, we will verify your credentials and we will contact you to start the certification process.

EXAMINATION DATES:

These are normally set 4 times per year (usually on March, June, September and November/December). Specific dates are posted on the IAOM-US website.

Email for inquiries related to registration, payment and technical questions to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com) and for examination content and scheduling to Jean-Michel Brismée (jm.brismee@ttuhsc.edu).

We will do our best to provide you with information and materials to help you succeed at this important professional milestone.

Certification Exam Process
Grading Criteria

GRADING CRITERIA
·      Written Examination: 70%
·      Practical Examination: 70%
·      Overall score: 70%
The Practical examination has twice the value of the written examination. To pass, you need to make a minimum of 70% on both the written and practical portions of the examination.
The minimum passing score for the practical and written examinations combined is 70%.
So, take the practical score and multiply it by 2 and then add this number to the written score and divide by 3 for the overall exam score. For example, written exam is 75% and the practical is 80% (75 + 80(2) = 235/3= 78.3%).

Practical Exam:
1.    BASIC EXAMINATION (35% of overall practical grade)
2.    SURFACE ANATOMY (20% of overall practical grade)
3.    MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES (30% of overall practical grade)
4.    HIGH VELOCITY MANIPULATION TECHNIQUE (15% of overall practical grade)

Retaking the Exam

Failure to obtain at least 70% on the written examination AND at least 70% on the practical examination AND at least 70% on the overall score will result in failure. In the case of a passing score on one part of the examination (e.g. the practical examination) and a failure score on the other part of the examination (e.g. written examination), with an overall score > 70%, the individual must retake the part that he/she failed (in this case the written examination). The re-examination score represents the final score. Scores are sent out within 6 weeks of taking an examination.

In case of an overall score of <70%, both the written and practical examinations must be retaken.

COST: cost of retaking the examinations is as follows:

  • $150 for the written exam
  • $150 for the practical exam

Study Guides

To best prepare yourself for the examination, we recommend you study the material in the course manuals provided at the courses and IAOM books.

It is recommended you purchase the DVDs (for OMT available at OPTP https://www.optp.com/search_results.cfm?kw=IAOM-US ) or IAOM_US’s VIMEO on Demand Study Guides  – https://vimeo.com/iaomus/vod_pages as the practical examination comprises the material from the DVDs as well as the course manuals and textbooks.

Material for the examination are the IAOM-US course manuals and the course textbooks (IAOM-US books published by OPTP such as the Hip and Knee and the ankle and foot published electronically by IAOM-US  iaom-us.com

IAOM-US Sample Practical Testing Spine

IAOM-US Sample Extremities Practical Examination

IAOM-US Hand and UE Track Certification Study Guide Hand Wrist I Wrist II

IAOM-US Hand and UE Track Certification Study Guide Elbow Shoulder TOS

IAOM-US Clinical Examination of the Shoulder

IAOM-US Clinical Examination of the Knee

IAOM-US Clinical Examination of the Hip

IAOM-US Clinical Examination of the Foot and Ankle

Cervical Study Guide

Distal UE Study Guide

Lumbar Study Guide

Thoracic Study Guide

CAMM – Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CAMM)

​The Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CAMM) takes one step further in the clinical path towards expertise. Adding to COMT specific clinical and biopsychosocial approaches as well as sensorimotor control assessment and treatment strategies. This ensures that the professional is not only highly hands-on skilled but also confident to approach patients as integral human beings. By incorporating their unique context, considering potential perpetuating factors and movement/functional deficits, the CAMM is able to make critical decisions while facilitating direct interaction and communication with patients, colleagues and other health professionals.

Email for inquiries related to registration and payment to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com). We will do our best to provide you with information and materials to help you succeed at this important professional milestone.

CAMM Live Course Requirements

Continuing with your professional development, IAOM-US offers 3 types of Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management:

  • Spine
  • Upper Quarter
  • Lower Quarter

To be eligible for Certification, the applicant must have:

  1. Current membership with IAOM-US
  2. Current license as a physical therapist or occupational therapist
  3. Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in the same area of expertise wanted to be certified in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management
  4. Completed the following courses (depending the area to be certified):

To be eligible for CAMM in Spine, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:

  • Hip Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on)

Or

  • NEXT HIP course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on

AND

  • Bio-Psychosocial Hybrid (8 hours online classes self-study+ 8 hours in hands-on)
  • NEXT SenMoCOR Upper Quarter course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes)
  • NEXT SenMoCOR Lower Quarter course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes)

 

To be eligible for CAMM in Lower Quarter, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:

  • Lumbar Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on)

Or

  • NEXT Lumbar course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on

AND

  • Bio-Psychosocial Hybrid (8 hours online classes self-study+ 8 hours in hands-on)
  • NEXT SenMoCOR Lower Quarter course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes)

To be eligible for CAMM in Upper Quarter, the applicant must have completed any of the following options:

  • Thoracic Hybrid course (8 hours online classes self-study + 14.5 hours in hands-on)

Or

  • NEXT Thoracic course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes) + 1-day hands-on

AND

  • Bio-Psychosocial Hybrid (8 hours online classes self-study+ 8 hours in hands-on)
  • NEXT SenMoCOR Upper Quarter course (8 hours online classes self-study +16 hours synchronic classes)
Registration and Payment

COST: Registration fee for CAMM is USD $50.00.

Register for CAMM

Important: once you have made the payment for the Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CAMM), the applicant’s background will be evaluated and if they meet the requirements, the certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management will be sent to the applicant.

Email for inquiries related to registration and payment questions to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com). We will do our best to provide you with information and materials to help you succeed at this important professional milestone.

CERTIFICATION FOR ADVANCED COMPETENCY IN DRY NEEDLING (CertDN)

The certification follows the successful completion of the 2 hybrid practical modules. Candidates must submit case studies of their own patients, which exhibit the ability to apply dry needling with sound clinical reasoning, safety, and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. They also must pass a written examination which emphasizes good knowledge of the entire body of work and clinical reasoning skills.
The advantages of obtaining certification in dry needling:

1.    International recognition of training – all licensing bodies worldwide want to see proper evidence of good training, and the Completion certificates does that.
2.    Employability/Marketability – employees like to see that you see a task through properly
3.    Self – Sense of accomplishment, and increased confidence that you can do the technique safely. It is educationally sounder to incorporate all aspects of the training (Theory, Practical, Reflective) so you end up being a better therapist for undertaking the journey
4.    Medico-legal – evidence of full and appropriate training will assist with legal defense if required.

Dry Needling Certification Requirements

ODNS Certification for Advanced Competency in Dry Needling emphasizes the clinical application of dry needling as it applies to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

To be eligible for Certification, the applicant must have:

  • Current membership with IAOM-US.
  • Current license as a physical therapist; occupational therapist or another licensed medical practitioner.
  • Complete the Certification process within 1 year of the ODNS Dry Needling Level 2 Course.
  • Completed the following courses:

To be eligible for CertDN, the applicant must have completed these courses:

  • Level I Dry Needling (8 hours online classes self-study + 16 hours live course in person)

And

  • Level II Dry Needling (5 hours online classes self-study + 16 hours live course in person)
CERTIFICATION PROCESS

ODNS Certification in Dry Needling aims to encourage further study and practical application of these techniques. The certification is made up of two components, which are the following:

  1. Written Examination
  • Upon registration for Dry Needling Certification, the student will be sent a link to take the written online exam.
  • Consists of randomized multiple-choice questions designed to assess the ability to apply your knowledge of safety, clinical reasoning, and advanced anatomy to the practice of dry needling. It is taken during a continuous 90-minute period and is open book.
  • You must score 70% or better in a single take.
  1. Case Studies
  • In downloadable documents (link), use the Case Study Template and Marking Rubric to record your two (2) best case studies applying the techniques learned in both Level I and Level II for review. The Case Study template is a fillable form, and the marking rubric serves as a guide to the student to guide their case study work.
  • Case studies are submitted to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com) at IAOM-US within a year of registration.
  • The case studies will be reviewed by advanced dry needling assistant faculty.
  • The reviewer will provide the certification candidate with a written critique of each case study.
  • Acceptable case studies include documentation of the ability to apply dry needling with the right choice of patient position, needle gauge and size, hand position and technique; to document response, overall patient outcome, and incorporate it into their overall rehabilitation plan and other treatment techniques.
  • Special attention is given to safety, efficacy and clinical reasoning.
  • You must score 70% or better in a single take to receive the certification.

On successful completion of the above, the practitioner earns the ODNS Certification for Advanced Competency.

 

Registration and Payment

COST: Registration fee for CertDN is USD $249.00.

Register for Dry Needling Certification

 Important: once you have made the payment for the certification, we will verify your credentials and we will contact you to start the certification process.

Email for inquiries related to registration and payment questions to Jenny Sanchez (jennycsg@iaom-us.com). We will do our best to provide you with information and materials to help you succeed at this important professional milestone.