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.

Note: 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.


Completed application forms and all supplemental information must be submitted 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 professional 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.
  • Completion of essay questions

Applications and potential interviews are processed within six weeks from the application deadline. Individuals are notified of application outcome by the Admission Committee within that period.

Important dates:

  • Applications are open January 1st and are due 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.

Residency Prerequisites

You qualify to enter the program when you have….

  • Graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program
  • Employment at an approved clinical partner site
  • A professional license in the state of your residency site
  • Liability insurance, either personal or through your employer
  • Active membership in the APTA
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 Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences Program, School of Health Professions, Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). In the fall and summer semesters, the resident enrolls in HPDS 6111 to HPDS 6116; these are one-credit courses. The HPDS 8363: Medical Screening in Differential Diagnosis is an online three-credit spring semester course. No travel to TTUHSC campus is required for any of these three courses.

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. One (1) IAOM-US NEXT Course
  5. Eight (8) IAOM-US online courses.
  6. HPDS 8363: Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Screening through the School of Allied Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center.
  7. HPDS 6111 to HPDS 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.
Program Outcomes

Why complete a residency?

  1. Access accomplished mentors who work with you to enhance your abilities to clinically reason and discern, as well as to create and effectively revise plans of care in your practice 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.
  5. IAOM-US Program retention rate is 100%
  6. IAOM-US Program completion rate is 100%. 
  7. IAOM-US Residents’ OCS exam pass rate is 100%
  8. Historically, those with residency training demonstrate higher pass rates than non-residency-trained individuals. Board Certification Examination passing rates for all specialties are 92% compared to 76% of non-residency graduates in 2020. Specific to Orthopaedic Clinical Specialty, results are the same.
Board Certification Examination Passing Rates-Orthopaedics
Examination Year Non-residency Graduates Residency Graduates
2019 79% 87%
2020 67% 86%
2021 78% 91%


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Estimated Costs in IAOM-US Residency

Tuition cost $13,000.

Anticipated additional expenses include TTUHSC tuition, fees, and books;

Please note that financial aid is not available for this program; however, we do offer payment plans. Some clinical partners absorb part or all of the residency costs. Please contact IAOM-US to discuss payment options.

Clinical Partners

IAOM-US will assist residents with placement with 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.

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 is reviewed by lead IAOM-US Residency faculty for acceptance.

Upon IAOM-US approval, clinical site information is 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.

Contact IAOM-US to become an IAOM-US Residency clinical partner.