Fellowship in Clinical Diagnostics and Orthopedic Manual Therapy
The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US Fellowship in Clinical Diagnostics and Orthopedic Manual Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

The mission statement for IAOM-US Fellowship Program is based on a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and professional development. In response, the IAOM-US Fellowship Program is committed to advancing physical therapy practitioners in evidence-based clinical diagnostics and orthopedic manual therapy.

Program Highlights

The IAOM-US Fellowship Program is accredited through the Accreditation Council on Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Education (ACOMPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), in partnership with ScD program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

  1. The IAOM-US Fellowship is created with the intention of guiding professionals into
  2. becoming leaders in neuro-musculoskeletal care through refining diagnostic and manual therapy clinical skills.
  3. opportunities to develop motor control and biopsychosocial treatment skills through coursework and clinical rotations under the supervision of teaching Fellows of the Academy.
  4. completion of one-on-one clinical rotations either at the mentor clinic or through synchronous virtual sessions at the fellow student clinic.




Fellowship Program Objectives
Upon completion of the Fellowship Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain pathoanatomy, pathophysiology, and pathomechanics of the conditions and disorders associated with each specific joint complex.
  2. Apply pathoanatomy, pathophysiology, and pathomechanics concepts to the examination and treatment of each disorder.
  3. Conduct a thorough and concise clinical examination of each specific joint complex. Analyze clinical examination findings in a comprehensive fashion
  4. Differentiate the various disorders of each joint complex.
  5. Classify each patient’s condition based on examination findings using a differential diagnostic model.
  6. Perform an accurate surface anatomy examination of each joint complex.
  7. Construct a complete, evidence-based management strategy for each patient based on the clinical examination findings.
  8. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in manual therapeutic techniques, which can include
    1. Preparatory techniques
    2. Joint-specific treatment techniques
    3. Local treatment of soft tissue lesions
  9. Develop a comprehensive, tissue-specific exercise program that is diagnosis specific.
  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of each patient treatment, thus providing a foundation for management modification.
  11. Value the role and interactions provided by other members of the health care team, including Physical Therapy Assistants, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, and Social Workers.
  12. Perceive the value and clinical application of relevant literature.
  13. Contribute to the body of clinical knowledge through clinical writing and scholarship, teaching and or research.
  14. Establish ethical boundaries for effective manual therapy practice within the scope of his or her state’s guidelines.
  15. Serve as an advocate for manual therapy practice in the healthcare community and sociopolitical system.
Fellowship Pre-Requisites and Application Information

Application Information

The IAOM-US Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship program application is now processed through a centralized application service for post-professional fellowship education program accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The majority of fellowship education programs are participating in RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) Click here to apply. This process allows physical therapist residency and fellowship applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to fellowship programs. You will need to create an account and generate username and password to apply.

 Completed application forms, all supplemental information, and application fees must be enclosed in the application submission packet.

  • IAOM-US Application fee ($150.00) Click here to complete the payment (Please note that the RF-PTCAS WebAdmit system has an additional $135.00 online application processing fee)

If you have difficulties, contact the IAOM-US at 866-426-6101 or info@iaom-us.com.

Application Deadline

Application deadline for the IAOM-US Fellowship Program is June 1 and December 1 to the Fellowship Admission Committee of the IAOM-US.   Applications are processed within the next three months and potential acceptance voted by the committee within that period.

Mission and Goals

The mission of this unique fellowship program of the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US is to educate and develop expert professionals in orthopedic manual therapy, committing to:

  1. Guiding the fellowship candidate to a foundation of applied and clinical sciences that serve as the basis for effective clinical expertise.
  2. Providing physical therapy professionals with the opportunity to develop advanced skills and processes in the clinical diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders.
  3. Offering the candidates a framework for excellence in patient care in collaboration with professional members from other health care disciplines.
  4. Establishing for the candidates a model for professional leadership, whereby they can serve as frontrunners in clinical management of musculoskeletal conditions and disorders.
  5. Delivering to a model of mentoring, not only to serve as the foundation of their own clinical experiences, but additionally as the template for the clinical mentoring they provide to future clinicians.
  6. Building within the fellowship candidates a paradigm for effective teaching, thus equipping each candidate with the tools necessary for success as an educator of patients, colleagues and the public.
  7. Providing physical therapy professionals with the opportunity to acquire certification in advanced clinical practice, as well as ‘Fellow’ status with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Requisites IAOM-US Fellowship Program

If you required additional information, please download the documents below or contact us at info@iaom-us.com or 866 426 6101

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Estimated Costs in IAOM-US Fellowship

Application fee — ScD program TTUHSC


Application fee — Fellowship program IAOM-US


Application fee — RFPTCA (APTA central website)


HPPT 6404 — Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening (4 university graduate credit hours)
      Texas Residents (Section 001)


      Non Texas Residents (Section 002)


HPPT 6317 — Radiological Anatomy (3 university graduate credit hours)
      Texas Residents (Section 001)


      Non Texas Residents (Section 002)


HPPT 7305 — Curriculum Design and Teaching in Allied Health (3 university graduate credit hours)
      Texas Residents (Section 001)


      Non Texas Residents (Section 002)


HPPT 6111* — Clinical Internship (1 university graduate credit hours)
      Texas Residents (Section 001)


      Non Texas Residents (Section 002)


HPPT 6112* — Clinical Internship (1 university graduate credit hours)
      Texas Residents (Section 001)


      Non Texas Residents (Section 002)


6 IAOM-US courses


IAOM — US Fellowship Tuition — Administrative Fee**


Clinical Examination of 6 IAOM-US Courses


*Mentorship during EACH clinical internship includes the following:

  1. 65 hours of required one-on-one on-site clinical contact
  2. 30 hours of one-on-one contact, which can be accomplished either (1) on-site, or (2) through web-based mentorship. Online mentorship is an additional $50 per hour per Fellowship candidate. Division of the hours is determined in coordination with the Fellowship director. Half of the online mentoring fee must be paid before first online mentoring session. The remaining half must be paid before the end of the 30 hours. The same applies for the second 30-hour mentoring session.

**Administrative Fee must be paid upon acceptance into the program.

Duration of each clinical internship can be a minimum of 15 weeks to a maximum of 52 weeks. A minimum of a 12 week interval is required between the two clinical internships.

ESTIMATED TOTAL COST (without web-based mentorship hours)

Texas Residents $10,669
Non Texas Residents $13,994
Why choose the IAOM-US Fellowship Program?
If you have been considering an application to the IAOM-US Fellowship Program, you may have noticed that the Program asks the Fellows to pay for enrollment. This is very different from most other Fellowship programs, in that the traditional programs typically reimburse the Fellows for participation.

At face value this appears costly to Fellows in the IAOM-US Program. However, you need to take a closer look at what this really means. Let’s say as an experienced clinician you earn $75,000/year in salary, $3000-5000/year in pension contributions, $3000-5000 in bonuses, and receive health insurance coverage for your entire family. This adds up to $81,000 to $87,000 compensations plus insurance for your employment, not to mention higher earnings if you are a manager or practice owner. To attend a traditional Fellowship Program, you will likely be paid a part-time salary. Let suggest that you are offered $40,000/year plus your individual health insurance, not to include any other perks or benefits, to attend a one-year traditional Fellowship Program in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. In effect, you will be paying $41,000-$47,000 for one year of attendance in that Fellowship Program if you consider all of the salary and benefits you would lose in changing your employment status. In addition, you would be required to uproot your family and move them for one year to that location, if you intended to keep your family members together for that year of attendance. Moreover, you would have to negotiate their insurance coverage, as well as school for the children and new social activities.

In light of this, the IAOM-US opts to offer a Fellowship Program that allows colleagues to maintain their present employment arrangements and experience learning in the framework of their own caseload. So, this arrangement enables you to maximize your learning in your familiar context and minimize stresses on your personal and family members’ lives, while maintaining your current earnings, benefits and vestitures. In exchange, you as a Fellow would pay a total of $10,669 (Texas residents) to $13,994 (non-Texas residents) over 3 years when taking requisites of the Fellowship program. This amount includes:

  • The cost of all required university-based classes that are taken over the 3-year period to complete the Fellowship Program, which can be applied towards earning a terminal Doctorate of Science (ScD) Degree at a collaborating Division I University;
  • Fellowship administrative costs encountered while in the 2- to 3-year Fellowship program; and
  • Extensive mentoring time experienced during that same Fellowship program time.

This means that you are allowed to continue earning your salary over the time required to complete the Fellowship program (2-3 years). Based on the figures above, this translates into earnings of approximately $400,000 to $440,000 across that time, from which you will pay the previously mentioned total Fellowship costs (less than 7% of your total earnings during that period). Thus, the IAOM-US offers you an opportunity to develop expertise in evidence-supported orthopedic diagnostics and manual therapy practice, potentially earn a ScD degree through a collaborative university and reduce your overall total costs in time and resources for participation in a credentialed Fellowship Program.

IAOM-US Fellowship Outcome Data

1. Gail Apte, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
2. Jim Bjornson, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
3. Jean-Michel Brismée, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
4. Amy Clark, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
5. Dale Gerke, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
6. Julie Goebel, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
7. Russell Hanks, PT, FAAOMPT
8. Holly Jonely, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
9. Kenny Kichura, PT, FAAOMPT
10. Patrick Morgan, PT, FAAOMPT
11. Robert Moss, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
12. Patricia Nelson, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
13. Chris Owens, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
14. Valerie Phelps, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
15. Keith Poorbaugh, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
16. Elizabeth Sargent, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
17. Denise Schneider, PT, FAAOMPT
18. Becky Sherwin, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
19. Phil Sizer, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT
20. Tanya Smith, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
21. Matt Stump, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
22. Suzanne Trotter, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
23. Jack Wade, PT, FAAOMPT
24. Sarah Wyant, PT, FAAOMPT

Positions held:
1. Faculty position at Universities: 8
2. Higher administrative positions held: 13
3. Clinical Instructors & mentors: 15

Graduation rate: 96%

Frequently Asked Questions About the IAOM-US Fellowship Program
Q: I have been attending IAOM courses for many years. Will they qualify for fellowship or ScD credits? 
A: Lab portions of the Doctorate program (IAOM 3-day courses) and IAOM certifications are valid as long as they are taken within 7 years from your first class in the ScD program.

Q: When do I apply for the Fellowship Program? 
A: The application deadline for the fellowship program is December 1.

Q: Once I apply to the ScD program, what happens? 
A: Upon receipt of the application and supporting documentation (ie: college transcripts, etc), the ScD program admission committee will review your application and let you know if you are accepted into the non-degree seeking ScD program. To be accepted to the ScD program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the applicant’s GPA needs to be a minimum of 2.7.  From there you will proceed to complete the requisite coursework for the Fellowship Program.

Q: Who does admit me in the IAOM-US Fellowship Program? 
A. The Fellowship Program committee will review your application, make an acceptance decision and advise you on the next steps towards completing the Fellowship Program requirements. Your fellowship education starts when you sign your fellowship contract with the IAOM-US.

Q: The thought of completing the Doctorate of Science (ScD) program overwhelms me. Can I enter the fellowship program without entering the ScD program? 
A: Yes. You do not need to be admitted into the ScD at TTUHSC to apply to the IAOM-US Fellowship program. However, once admitted in the Fellowship program, you will need to apply and enroll in the Graduate school of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and in the ScD program. However, graduation from the ScD Program at TTUHSC is not a requisite for completion of the IAOM-US Fellowship Program. Many of the fellowship candidates who complete the program will wish to continue to serve as mentors to future fellowship candidates. With this in mind, the IAOM-US encourages completion of the ScD Program at TTUHSC for its mentors, as this will be a requisite for all IAOM Fellowship Program clinical mentors in the future.

Q: Where are the mentors’ clinical sites located? 
A: The 2-week (75 hour), one-on-one intensive clinical experience is currently available in Anchorage, Alaska, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Eugene, Oregon and Lubbock, Texas. More locations and fellowship-trained mentors will be available in the near future.

Q: Once accepted in the IAOM-US Fellowship Program, how do I apply to the ScD Program at TTUHSC? 
A: The application documents for the ScD Program are available online at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Click on “TTUHSC Online Application”, and follow the instructions. Application deadline for the ScD Program is March 15. You will need a social security number to proceed with the ScD application. If you do not have a social security number, e-mail the admission’s office athealth.professions@ttuhsc.edu and they will provide a number for you. If you have difficulties, contact Lindsay Johnson from the School of Health Professions at TTUHSC at Lindsay.johnson@ttuhsc.edu.

Q: How do I know I submitted the appropriate documents in my application to the Fellowship Program? 
A: Upon revision of your application, if your application is incomplete, the IAOM-US administrative office will send you a notice of incomplete application by December 15th. The deadline for you to resubmit the completed application with the necessary documents is December 31st.

Q: How do I know I have been accepted into the fellowship program of the IAOM-US? 
A: You will be notified by the IAOM-US administrative office of your acceptance into the fellowship program by January 15. It is your responsibility to contact the IAOM-US administrative office between January 15 and May 1st for arrangements regarding dates, location and mentor for your fellowship training.

Q: When am I notified of where and when my fellowship training will take place and of who will be my fellowship mentor? 
The IAOM-US will send you information about location, dates of one-on-one fellowship training, time of IAOM-US website coverage and schedule for Web-CT discussions required for the fellowship training by May 15. You will also receive at that time your fellowship handbook that you will need to use and take to your one-on-one training with the mentor. This will allow the mentor to check your skills and evaluate your competencies.

Q: Once I know where and which semester my fellowship training will take place, how do I set up the weeks of my one-on-one training? 
A: It is your responsibility to contact your fellowship mentor at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester of the fellowship training to arrange time for your fellowship one-on-one training (for Spring fellowship, contact mentor before November 31st , for Summer fellowship contact mentor before March 31st and Fall fellowship, contact mentor before June 30).

Q: Once accepted into the Fellowship program, what is expected of me? 
You need to apply and enroll in the ScD program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center by March 15. You will then be allowed between 11 and 36 months to complete the following requirements of the Fellowship Program:

  1. Successful completion of 2 of HHPT 6111-6116, which comprise the clinical rotation components of the Fellowship (315 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 630 hours).
  • Each clinical rotation includes:

a. A 75-hour, 1-on-1, intensive clinical experience at the mentor’s clinical site (conducted over 2 successive weeks at the mentor’s clinical site).

b. A 240-hour distance clinical experience with ongoing mentor contact through on site contact or web-based technology (conducted over the remaining 14 to maximum 50 weeks in the semester(s) at the fellowship candidate’s clinical site).

c. Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for at least 9 IAOM-US courses and attendance to all 12 IAOM-US courses is required before starting the second fellowship clinical rotation. A minimum spacing of 1 semester will be required between these two Fellowship clinical rotations. As a consequence, the candidate will be required to practice skills and reflect on the first course experience prior to engaging in the second course experience.

  1. Successful completion of HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening (60 fellowship Program hours). This course enhances physical therapists’ knowledge and clinical skills designed to assist in the screening of patients for orthopaedic conditions, which require examination by a physician. This course includes 24 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a 3-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 36 web-based contact hours at the candidate’s clinical site. In the course, the candidates engage in selected readings, and threaded discussions on the web.
  2. Successful completion of HPPT 6317: Radiological Anatomy (45 fellowship Program hours). This course will examine the technology and applications of imaging for understanding normal and pathological human anatomy. Plain-film imaging, MRI, CT, and diagnostic ultrasound will be appropriately applied to this discussion. A systematic approach to understanding various images across different joint systems will be provided. In addition, specific normal and pathological anatomy for the spine and extremities will be viewed on x-ray, MRI, and CT, along with special topics in diagnostic ultrasound. Emphasis is placed on defining normal and pathological anatomy associated with various joints systems as it relates to musculoskeletal conditions. This course includes 16 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a 2-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 29 web-based contact hours at the candidate’s clinical site. In the course the candidates engage in selected readings, and threaded discussions on the web.
  3. Successful completion of HPPT 7305: Curriculum Design and Teaching in Allied Health (45 Fellowship Program hours). This course includes 16 laboratory and lecture contact hours over a two-day contact session at the TTUHSC site and 32 web-based contact hours at the candidate’s clinical site. In the course the candidates are exposed to theories, principles and applications that relate to teaching Physical Therapy students and professionals. The candidates engage in selected readings, writing exercises, and threaded discussions on the web. The candidates are required to draft curriculum components for a topic of his or her choice, including objectives, learning experiences, and lab experiences. Finally, the candidates are asked to teach over a pre-selected content area, where they evaluated in their teaching skills.
  4. Successful completion of six IAOM-US courses that were not part of the pre-requisites for acceptance in the IAOM-US fellowship program, including successful completion of IAOM-US certifications for these six courses (160 hours)
  5. Successful completion of Fellowship Written Examinations 1 and 2. (40 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 80 hours). A minimum of three months IAOM-US website coverage with mentor supervision.
  6. Successful completion of 6 patient practical examinations. (4 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 24 hours). These examinations are conducted during the 1-on-1, intensive clinical experiences in HPPT 6213 and 6214.
  7. Successful completion of 4 peer-reviewed clinical commentaries. (15 Fellowship Program hours each for a total of 60 hours).
  8. Successful completion and submission of a case study to a peer-reviewed journal. (125 Fellowship Program hours). The case study is completed from the candidate’s clinical site. After completion, the candidate submits a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal for publication.

Q: What else am I responsible for when I am accepted in the fellowship program?
A: You will be responsible to work on skills required in the fellowship manual, be present for the Web-CT mentored online sessions and you will be responsible to submit a fellowship checklist and fellowship manual completed to the Coordinator of Clinical Education at the end of both fellowship rotations for review.

Q: Is there a limit of time to complete the fellowship program? 
A: Yes. Once accepted in the fellowship program, you have a minimum of 11 months and a maximum of three years to complete it. This is a requirement from the APTA and AAOMPT.

Q. Does the IAOM-US bestow the status of Fellow upon successful completion of the fellowship program?
A. No. Upon successful completion of the IAOM-US fellowship program, you will have fulfilled all of the requirements to be a Fellow candidate. You will then simply apply for membership to the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMPT), and your certification through the IAOM Fellowship program means that you will be awarded Fellowship status in this APTA-recognized specialty association. In summary, the IAOM-US educates you, and the AAOMPT grants you the status of Fellow (“FAAOMPT”), which is the only qualification recognized by the APTA in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the US.