Master Of Science in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

A fellowship program in physical therapy provides a post-professional, planned learning experience in a focused area of clinical practice, education, or research for postdoctoral or post-residency prepared, board-certified therapists. The Daemen OMPT Fellowship program focuses on applications to musculoskeletal physical therapist practice.


  • PT704 Musculoskeletal System (4)
  • PT705 Evidence Based Practice (2)
  • PT720 Thrust Manipulation (3)
  • PT721 Neuromuscular Mobilization (2)
  • PT722 Spinal Exercise Strategies (2)
  • PT723 Integrated Management of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (2)
  • PT724 OMPT Residency (Mentorship) (3)
  • PT725 Problem Solving in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (2)
  • PT726 Research Project (2)
  • PT727 Review-Objective Structured Clinical Exam (1)
  • PT728 Laboratory in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) (1)
  • PT729 McKenzie Part A (3) (McKenzie Institute International)
  • PT730 McKenzie Part B (3) (McKenzie Institute International)




Students entering the Fellowship must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, license to practice physical therapy, and current state registration to practice. Satisfactory grades in the Fellowship are a minimum grade of B, and minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

Applicants to the Fellowship program must complete and submit the following information:

  1. Daemen College Physical Therapy Graduate Program Admission Application as well as
  2. letter of intent for admission to the Fellowship;
  3. copy of current State registration to practice physical therapy;
  4. signed statement attesting to legal and ethical professional standing;
  5. resume or curriculum vitae;
  6. evidence of three years of orthopaedic physical therapy clinical experience;
  7. two letters of reference from physical therapists who have observed the applicant’s clinical performance;
  8. one letter of reference from someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence.
  9. documented American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) or Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) or completion of an ABPTRFE-accredited residency in Orthopaedic or Sports Physical Therapy

Selection of Candidates

The admission process will be based on a cohort which begins matriculation in January or June. Admission will be based on review of all material submitted for application. All candidates meeting criteria for application will be accepted into the Fellowship program. Admission will be limited to 20 students each January and will be on a first come first serve basis for qualified applicants. To apply, go to Go to Graduate Admissions, Graduate Programs and apply online.

Course Repeats

It may be necessary for a student to repeat a course to achieve a satisfactory grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of B when repeating a course.

Time Limitation

Excluding an approved Leave of Absence, students are expected to successfully complete all program requirements in a maximum of three (3) calendar years.