COMT or CAMM? How about both certifications?
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COMT – Certification in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy
COMT Live Course Requirements
IAOM-US currently offers 4 types of COMT
- Be a current membership with IAOM-US
- Have a current license as a physical therapist or occupational therapist
- Have completed the following courses:
COMT for Hand and Upper Extremity Specialists –
- 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
- 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
To apply to the Exam, you have completed any of the following options:
- Hybrid course (8 online classes+ 5 hands-on) of Cervical+ Thoracic + Lumbar
- NEXT courses (16 hours of synchronic classes + 1-day hands-on) of Cervical + Thoracic + Lumbar
- A mix of them, but you must have completed Cervical+ Thoracic +Lumbar and at least 1-day hands-on for each course.
COMT Lower Extremity
To apply to the Exam, you must have completed any of the following options:
- Hybrid course (8 online classes+ 5 hands-on) of Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle
- NEXT courses (16 hours of synchronic classes + 1-day hands-on) of Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle
- A mix of them, but you must have completed at least 1-day hands-on for each course (Hip + Knee + Foot & Ankle).
COMT Upper Extremity
To apply to the Exam, you must have completed any of the following options:
- Hybrid course (8 online classes+ 14.5 hands-on) of Cervical + Shoulder + DUE
- NEXT courses (16 hours of synchronic classes + 1 day of hands on) of Cervical + Shoulder + DUE
- A mix of them, but you must have completed at least 1-day hands-on for each course (Cervical + Shoulder + DUE)
IAOM-US will keep offering the older 12-course format COMT until December 31, 2022 for colleagues interested to complete any of the following paths:
- COMT Upper Spine: Upper cervical + Lower cervical + CTJ/TOS (Cervicothoracic Junction Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)
- COMT Lower Spine: Thoracic spine+ Lumbar spine and SIJ + Lumbar spine recurrent disc disorders
- COMT Upper Extremity: Shoulder + Elbow + Wrist and Hand
On average, candidates attempt to accomplish COMT in 18-30 months.
Benefits to becoming a COMT
There are definite benefits of considering Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. One, simply put, is to make life better! To reaffirm the exciting reason why you chose to be a therapist and make everyday fun! Certify for the Ease of Clinical Practice.
The other equally powerful rationale is to elevate your career and reach a higher level of success. Certify for Professional Transformation and broaden your horizons through new emphasis and credentialing.
Whether you want to feel better in your role as a Therapist or you are in the position to ask “what’s next”, the IAOM-US can help guide you there.
IAOM Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy brings your clinical assessment and treatment tools to an automatic level. You won’t have to think so hard!
- During patient interaction speak with confidence in explaining why the individual hurts, the parameters of the condition, and what can be done about it.
- By applying a systematic approach to every clinical examination, you will be able to see clinical patterns emerge, and also share findings more easily with colleagues (including the entire medical community).
- Knowing which treatment tools to apply, when, where, and to which conditions produces successful outcomes with every patient.
Make Clinical Practice Easier
Achieve More Professionally
Virtual Certification Exam Process
Both the written and practical examinations are completed remotely (from home or work) using an electronic platform “Disamina” for the written examination and synchronous Zoom for the practical examination. The dates and times of the examinations are arranged with a IAOM-US Faculty.
COST: The cost of registering for both the written and practical examinations is $450.00, once you contact us and register, we will check your credentials and provide you a link where you can complete the payment.
EXAMINATION DATES: The examination dates are normally set 4 times per year with dates posted on the IAOM-US website each calendar year generally in March, June, September and November/December.
- Online written examination, through the Disamina platform (https://iaom.disamina.in)
- Contact the IAOM-US email email@example.com to register
- You will receive an email with the specific access information (defining you as the “candidate”). Once you click on the link, you will have to log in with the email address you registered with for the examination and with the password provided to you.
- Upon entering you will find “Available Exams“, where you can see the name of the exam you are registered for. You are required to click the “Register Now” button. Once there, please select the exam date & time arranged for you and click the “Submit” button.
- You are now registered for your exam; when it is the time and date indicated you just have to press the button “Take exam“.
- Before taking the examination, you will be asked to contact us using Zoom (you will receive a Zoom invite) using your smartphone, to show us the room where you are taking the examination. We will ask that you keep your smartphone on Zoom behind you during the time of the examination, so we can see you during the entire examination.
- Written examinations are closed books/notes examinations (you may use neither books, notes, manuals, nor electronic media during the examination)
- Written examinations consist of multiple-choice questions with one correct answer only. Each question is equally weighted.
- You will have 2 hours to complete the written examination.
- You will only be able to take the examination if your browser has access to a camera (webcam) as your examination will be reviewed. Your webcam will be on for the entire written examination.
- You will be asked to use Google Chrome browser only; all other windows, browser and applications should be closed.
- You are required to be by yourself in the room where you are taking the examination.
- Virtual Practical examination:
This new model aims to evaluate the colleague who is applying for the IAOM-US COMT certification in the clinical application of procedures in orthopedics through a synchronous online session that can be performed with an acquaintance, colleague, family member or friend. The colleague taking the test will be asked to provide
- a subject (acquaintance) he can demonstrate the practical examination on and
- a second person to handle the camera, laptop, smart-phone for Zoom synchronous recording.
The examination is scheduled with a Faculty of the IAOM-US.
Real-time interaction (Synchronized).
Time of session
20 minutes of preparation and about 45 minutes practical examination time.
General set-up requirements for the “participants”
The participants must have a high-speed broadband (at least 512 kbps upstream and 1 Mbps downstream). A display, a video input device and an audio input device are also needed. If mobile networks are to be used, it should be 4G or higher.
Participant and acquaintance (subject for hands-on demonstrations) setting
The participant (subject) should be in good health and between the ages of 18-70 years and be willing to expose the body parts tested (back, neck, shoulder, groin, buttock, etc…) wearing shorts and sport bra, and understanding that color markers will be used on their skin to identify body parts during surface anatomy testing.
The subject will be asked to sign a waiver for the practical examination removing any liability claims from the IAOM-US for any injury that could occur to the subject during the examination.
The physical environment or setting where the practical examination will take place can be the following alternatives:
- Physical therapy clinic / Health Establishment / Infrastructure (Public / Private)
Regardless of where the video conference is held, you will be asked to have the following items available at the time of the practical examination:
- 1 Chair
- 1 Treatment table
- 2 Towel (one big and one small)
- 1 mobilization belt
- Desirable: Markers (different colors)
- 2 Pillows for positioning the subject
- Assistant videotaping/recording live on Zoom (practical)
- Reflex hammer
- Sand bag or wedge
- 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%).
- BASIC EXAMINATION (35% of overall practical grade)
- SURFACE ANATOMY (20% of overall practical grade)
- MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES (30% of overall practical grade)
- 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
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
CAMM – Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management (CAMM)
Offered exclusively by IAOM-US – this next-generation certification ensures our colleagues have the most evolved, evidence-informed, research textured program to achieve knowledge and skills beyond those offered by any other organization.
CAMM Live Course Requirements
CAMM of the Upper Quarter = Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Cervical Spine, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Distal Upper Extremity, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Shoulder, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of TOS and Thoracic Spine + COMT Certification Evaluation + Science of Patient Engagement Course + Sensorimotor Control and Rehabilitation of the Upper Quarter (SenMoCOR)
CAMM of the Lower Quarter = Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Lumbar Spine, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Hip, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Ankle and Foot, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Knee + COMT Certification Evaluation + Science of Patient Engagement Course + Sensorimotor Control and Rehabilitation of the Lower Quarter
CAMM of the Spine = Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Cervical Spine, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Lumbar Spine, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of the Hip, Clinical Exam and Msk Management of TOS and Thoracic Spine + SenMoCOR Upper Quarter