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2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy, Graduate Certificate

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Director of Post-Professional Programs

  • Michael Tevald, PT, PhD Associate Professor

Coordinator Orthopaedic Residency and Musculoskeletal Certificate

  • Molly Malloy, PT, DPT, OCS Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


  • Jeff Albertson, PT, DPT, SCS, FAAMPT, Adjunct Professor, Vasta Performance Training and Physical Therapy
  • Elliot Greenberg, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS Adjunct Professor, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • John Hagan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Adjunct Faculty, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
  • Michael Heffernan, PT, DPT, OCS, Adjunct Faculty, ATI Physical Therapy
  • Shailesh Kantak, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
  • Philip McClure, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical at Arcadia University Therapy
  • Daniel Safford, PT, DPT, OCS, MAT, Adjunct faculty, Good Shepherd Penn Partners

Guest Lecturers

  • Douglas Adams, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, Adjunct Professor, Omega Project Physical Therapy
  • Mark Bastan, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS Elite Physical Therapy
  • Jon Borger, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Adjunct Professor, Coordinated Health
  • Craig Fava, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Optimum Physical Therapy
  • Ethan Hood, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, Desales University
  • Jessica Jennings, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, 3D Physical Therapy
  • Ari Kaplan, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, COMT, ATI Physical Therapy
  • Martin Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS, Adjunct Professor, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
  • Dave Kietrys, PT, PhD, OCS, Associate Professor at Rutgers University
  • Ian Leahy, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Kate Leiser, PT, DPT, OCS, Cioffredi and Associates
  • David Logerstedt, PT, PhD, SCS, University of the Sciences
  • Kristin Lutter, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT, ATI Physical Therapy
  • Sarah Macaraeg, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, University of Chicago Medicine
  • David Piskulic, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Ryan Sander, PT, DPT, OCS, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
  • Rachel Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
  • Scott Stackhouse, PT, PhD, Adjunct Professor, University of New England

About the Certificate

  • Courses utilize a hybrid model of online learning and manual skills laboratory sessions.
  • The 12-credit program can be completed in one to three years.
  • The program is affordable and competitively priced.
  • Students network and connect with nationally recognized faculty and peers.
  • All Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Certificate courses are 2-credits.
  • Students can take two courses before formal application and matriculation.
  • Arcadia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked in the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The primary goal of this certificate program is to prepare clinicians to practice musculoskeletal physical therapy using current evidence. Consistent with this goal, the program is designed to provide sufficient content, knowledge and skills to prepare students to sit for the orthopaedic clinical specialization examination offered by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

The curriculum consists of six 2-credit courses. Two courses deal with general concepts relevant to the management of all musculoskeletal conditions. The remaining four courses are regional and each includes relevant anatomy, biomechanics, imaging, medical screening as well as current best evidence related to examination and intervention with emphasis on the most prevalent conditions for each region. The regional courses include a laboratory component for development of manual skills.

Laboratory Sessions: The courses in the program utilize a hybrid model of online learning with integrated manual skills laboratory sessions. The manual skills laboratory sessions will occur over 4 weekends per year. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.

Certificate Requirements

(12 credits)

The curriculum for the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Certificate program consists of at six 2-credit courses. There is no required course sequence. A minimum of 12 credits is required.

Admission Requirements

  • Students may take two courses before formal application and matriculation. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission.
  • The following program-specific requirements must be met:
  • Proof of graduation (transcript) from a physical therapist degree program accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education (currently CAPTE)
  • Current state professional license
  • Brief essay articulating goals and interest in the certificate
  • Basic computer skills including Internet and e-mail.
  • Computer system requirements

Tuition and Fees

$800 per credit, plus semester fees

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