IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency

The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is a post-professional clinical residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy to prepare for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) exam.



The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program mission statement is based on a commitment to excellence in clinical practice and professional development. In response, the IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is dedicated to advancing physical therapy practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and attributes in Orthopaedics leading to enhanced patient care.

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
Click for: Residency Pre-Requisites

Acceptance to the IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency will be considered only if the prerequisites are met .

  • Graduate from an accredited physical therapy program
  • Current physical therapy license in the state of residency
  • Employment (30 hours per week minimum) at an approved clinical partner
  • Criminal background check depending on the clinical partner requirements
  • Personal malpractice liability coverage
  • Member of the IAOM-US
  • Member of the APTA
Click for: Residency Requisites

The resident is required to register for the APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course prior to matriculation into 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 five semester hours through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program (ScD), Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). In the fall and summer semester, the resident enrolls in HPPT 6111 to HPPT 6116, 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.

  1. Successful completion of two live patient practical examinations.
  2. Successful completion of one final written comprehensive examination.
  3. Successful completion of 11 modular quizzes.
  4. Successful completion of three IAOM-US courses.
  5. Successful completion of eight IAOM-US online courses.
  6. Successful completion of HPPT 6404: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
  7. Successful completion of HPPT 6111 to HPPT 6116 through the Clinical Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
  8. Successful completion of APTA Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy course.
  9. Successful completion of a case study.
  10. Successful completion of a formal presentation.
  11. Successful completion of chart reviews.
  12. Successful completion of patient care surveys.
  13. Successful completion of educational sessions.
  14. Successful completion of clinical mentoring sessions.
  15. Successful completion of faculty mentoring sessions.
  16. Successful completion of 1500 patient care clinic hours.
Click for: Program Outcomes
  1. Leaders in orthopedic physical therapy practice
  2. Autonomous practitioners displaying practice patterns consistent with advanced orthopedic clinical practice
  3. Consultants on complicated orthopedic cases
  4. Models of professionalism in the healthcare community
  5. Contributors to orthopedic literature through professional presentations
  6. Residents will be prepared to sit for the ABPTS Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Examination


Completed application forms and all supplemental information must be enclosed in the application submission packet and submitted to IAOM-US.

  1. Letter clearly stating your intent to apply for the residency program
  2. Current resume including your experience
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty of your PT program, for experienced candidates from colleagues, supervisors, or other healthcare provider such as a physician who can attest to your enthusiasm and qualifications to complete the residency. Letters of recommendation should be included with your application
  4. Completed application.

Applications are processed within six weekspotential acceptance voted by the Admission Committee within that period. There is an interview process with the Admission Committee and/or your chosen Residency site.


The IAOM-US Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency has informed the ABPTRFE of the intent to proceed toward program accreditation, which does not guarantee candidacy status or accreditation. The ABPTRFE board will determine if candidacy status is granted May, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the IAOM-US Residency Program Director.

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 IAOM-US weekend courses; and APTA membership.

Why choose the IAOM-US Residency 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.

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.

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