The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US offers a residency program to post graduate physical therapists; it is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, ABPTRFE. This program prepares the resident to sit for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam.

The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedics.
The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which accredits entry level physical therapy education.


The Program

The program consists of a one year on-site experience that includes distance learning, hands on course-work, and weekly one-on-one mentoring. It is suited for new graduates in the first three years of practice, as well as for seasoned clinicians who want to specialize in clinical orthopedics.


The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program mission statement is based on a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and professional development. The program is dedicated to advancing physical therapy practitioners’ knowledge and skills in assessing and treating the orthopedic patient, thereby enhancing patient care and elevating the profession.

Goals of the IAOM-US Residency Program
  1. Guiding the resident in a foundation of applied and clinical sciences that serve as the basis for effective clinical practice
  2. Providing the resident with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in clinical diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions
  3. Offering residents a framework for excellence in patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals
  4. Establishing for residents a model of professional leadership, which fosters advanced clinical expertise in the management of orthopaedic conditions
  5. Delivering for residents a model of mentoring to serve as an opportunity for personal and professional growth and to provide a model for their future clinical mentoring opportunities
  6. Preparing residents to become effective educators to patients, colleagues, and the public
  7. Preparing residents to sit for the ABPTS Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Examination
  8. Ensuring consistency of program delivery in all of the IAOM-US residency clinical settings

Why complete a residency?

Program completion rate is 100%
Program retention rate is 100%

Historically, those with residency training demonstrate higher pass rates than non-residency trained individuals.

Board Certification Examination Passing Rates – Overall
Examination Year Non-residency Graduates Residency Graduates
2017 77% 90%
2018 80% 91%
2019 81% 89%
2020 76% 92%
2021 77% 94%


Board Certification Examination Passing Rates-Orthopaedics
Examination Year Non-residency Graduates Residency Graduates
2019 79% 87%
2020 67% 86%
2021 78% 91%
Click for: Residency Prerequisites

You qualify to enter the program when you have….

  • Graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program
  • A professional license in the state of your residency site
  • Liability insurance, either personal or through your employer
  • Active memberships in the APTA and the IAOM-US.
Click for: Residency Requisites

The resident is required to register for the APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course prior to starting the program. The 12 monographs of the Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course are integrated into the program’s didactic curriculum.

In addition, the resident is to enroll in three courses through the Doctorate of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences Program, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). In the fall and summer semesters, the resident enrolls in HPPT 6111 and HPPT 6116, respectively, which are one-semester credit courses. The HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening course is a three-semester credit hour course that is offered spring semester.

Successful completion of the following is needed by the end of the program:

  1. Two (2) live patient practical examinations.
  2. One (1) final written comprehensive examination.
  3. Eleven (11) modular quizzes.
  4. Three (3) IAOM-US Hybrid MSK courses.
  5. Eight (8) IAOM-US online courses.
  6. HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening through the School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
  7. HPPT 6111 and HPPT 6116 through the School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
  8. APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course.
  9. Written case study.
  10. Formal presentation.
  11. Chart reviews.
  12. Patient care surveys.
  13. Clinical mentoring sessions.
  14. IAOM-US faculty mentoring sessions.
  15. 1500 patient care clinic hours.
Click for: Program Outcomes
  1. Access accomplished mentors who will enhance your abilities to think, reason, and appropriately apply evidence in your clinical decision-making.
  2. Prepare to complete board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
  3. Become a leader in the field.
  4. Employers rate residency trained employees higher in domains of Leadership, Communication, Clinical Aptitude, Scholarship/Evidence Based Practice, and Teaching.


Completed application forms and all supplemental information must be enclosed in the application submission packet. Candidates must submit all required admission information as instructed per the RF-PTCAS. This in part includes:

  • Complete RF-PTCAS web-based application
  • Letter clearly stating your intent to apply for the residency
  • Current resume including your experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from PT program faculty that address the candidate’s qualifications for the residency. For experienced candidates, please include letters from colleagues, supervisors, or other health care providers who can attest to your enthusiasm and qualifications to complete the residency. Candidates will enter references names and email address on the application. References will receive a form via email to complete.
  • Complete essay questions

Applications are processed within six weeks from the application deadline and potential acceptance voted by the Admission Committee within that period. There is an interview process with the Admission Committee.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline is January 31st.  (If interested in applying after the application deadline, please contact
  • All prerequisites met and supporting documentation submitted to IAOM-US by August 1st.
  • Residency start date is August 15th.


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Estimated Costs in IAOM-US Residency

Tuition cost $13,000.

Anticipated additional expenses include TTUHSC tuition, fees, and books; travel, lodging, and meals to attend TTUHSC contact session and APTA membership.

Please note that financial aid is not available for this program; however, we do offer payment plans. Please contact IAOM-US to discuss payment options.

Clinical Partners

Residents are required to be employed at an approved IAOM-US Residency clinical partner with
an IAOM-US Residency clinical mentor.

IAOM-US will assist residents with placement at an approved IAOM-US Residency clinical
partner, which may require the resident to relocate to the clinical partner site. The ultimate
decision to hire a resident remains with the clinical partner. Post-residency hiring decisions
remain solely at the discretion of the clinical partner and resident.

Residents may choose to pursue the IAOM-US Residency at their own clinical site. Clinical sites
must be approved as an IAOM-US Residency clinical partner with an IAOM-US clinical mentor.
Upon IAOM-US approval, clinical site information will be submitted to the ABPTRFE for review.

IAOM-US clinical partners must provide a minimum of 1500 patient care hours, hire the
resident for full-time employment, fulfill clinical mentor hours and requirements, and provide a
variety of musculoskeletal conditions in an outpatient facility. IAOM-US
Residency clinical partners determine the number of resident positions available at their site.

Clinicians interested in being an IAOM-US Residency clinical mentor must meet one of the
following three conditions. 1). ABPTS board-certified specialist in Orthopaedics, or 2). Graduate
of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency or fellowship, or 3). Minimum of three years of clinical
practice in Orthopaedics. In addition, clinicians are required to submit the Mentor Abilities and
Skills Competency Form and CV, which will be reviewed by lead IAOM-US Residency faculty for

Please contact IAOM-US if you are interested in becoming an IAOM-US Residency clinical