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Physical Therapy students at Regis University in Denver, Colorado
Regis University’s Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (RUROPT) program is an intensive one-year program focusing on progressive didactic education with courses specific to orthopedic physical therapy practice. This 12-semester hour specialty allows for rapid post-professional development, advanced clinical decision making and prepares candidates to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification examination.
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Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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Why should I complete an orthopaedic residency program? 
Board specialization in orthopaedic physical therapy provides physical therapists with an important next step in their careers. This residency training program is available for clinicians at all points in their professional journey and allows physical therapists to move onto fellowship training like Regis’ Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual/Manipulative Physical Therapy.

Is the Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program right for me? 
Regis’ Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program is designed for practicing physical therapists. This program will fast-track your professional development, provide opportunities to gain recognition as a clinical specialist and serve as a unique learning opportunity within the physical therapy field for physical therapists interested in specializing in orthopedics. 
This program is a certificate of completion program. Residents will be working full-time while in the residency program as licensed physical therapists.

What will I learn in the Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program?
In this program, students will learn advanced orthopaedic practice, clinical decision making, hands on manual skills and optimized patient treatments. Our teaching philosophy is grounded in Jesuit values centered around community based leadership. Additionally, students will receive 27 hours of dry needling education. 

The RUROPT program is a candidate residency within ABPTRFE.

Is Regis’ Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program accredited?
The Regis University Residency program is an approved developing program within ABPTRFE (accrediting agency for PT residencies) and is in the formal candidate process. The candidate process sets specific dates for when a new program will be reviewed for approval of candidacy (February 2019 expected) and for when admissions will occur (March-June 2019 admission notifications) with first cohort expected to start in June 2019.

All graduates of the Residency will be considered graduates of an accredited residency pending the successful completion of the candidacy process for the RUROPT under ABPTRFE. Full accreditation is expected by early 2020.

Please contact us at to be added to the list of interested applicants and we will notify you as soon as the application opens. Our first cohort will be limited to ten PT’s therefor it’s important to apply as soon as the application is available.

What class formats are available? 
This program is offered as a hybrid model of learning, providing maximum flexibility for working clinicians. During this one-year program, classes are held online and are organized in a series of five courses, totaling 12 semester hours delivered over three semesters (Summer, Fall, and Spring)(June-May). Two one-week long intensives are held on our campus in Denver, Colorado

Additionally, students are required to complete 150 hours of mentoring either at their place of employment, or a clinical partnership site.  Residents-in-Training (RiT) will be guided in independent study in their primary employment/mentoring site.. Clinical mentoring will occur within the OCS and FAAOMPT community of affiliates to the Regis School of PT and the OMPT Fellowship. Reflective professional development will include the use of outcomes tracking for clinical practice benchmarked against national standards.

Obtaining Mentors – Residents will obtain mentorship under any one or more of the following options:
• Through agreement with an OCS to provide mentorship for the Resident in Training (RiT) which can occur at their place of employment or at other locations that have a contracted agreement with RU
• As part of their employment if they are at a site that is in partnership with the RUROPT and offer the Orthopaedic Residency to employees
• Residents in the RUROPT will have access to graduates/current Fellows-in-Training of the Regis Fellowship in OMPT which represents over 180 Orthopaedic Board Certified Specialists for potential mentorship throughout the United States

When do classes start?
Cohorts start annually during the summer semester (June)

Program Requirements

The following are course requirements for the RUROPT program:

Semester 1:
DPT 801 Advanced Clinical Practice I (2 credits)
DPT 811 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice I (2 credits)

Semester 2:
DPT 802 Advanced Clinical Practice II (1 credit)
DPT 812 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice II (3 credits)

Semester 3:
DPT 813 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice III (4 credits)

Total: 12 credits

The Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (RUROPT) will be provided in a hybrid model of blended education. 

Classes are held online, organized in a series of 5 courses totaling 12 credit hours that will be delivered as 4 credit hours each summer, fall, and spring semesters (June-May). 

Each course will have modules of varying length, led by both core and affiliate faculty in the Residency. The primarily asynchronous design of the learning modules provides optimal flexibility in time management for each resident. 

Two one-week long intensives will be held for each residency cohort at Regis University. In addition, residents will be guided in independent study in their primary employment/mentoring site in the clinic off-site to Regis. Mentoring in orthopaedic physical therapist clinical practice will occur either at the clinic the resident is practicing in or at clinical partner site/s that the resident will be able to attend in order to reach the required 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring as part of an accredited residency under ABPTRFE.


Information on tuition is expected to be available on January 2019.

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance.  The deposit will be applied to tuition and fees.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year

How to Apply

The Regis University Residency program is an approved developing program within ABPTRFE (accrediting agency for PT residencies) and is in the formal candidate process. The candidate process sets specific dates for when a new program will be reviewed for approval of candidacy (February 2019 expected) and for when admissions will occur (March-June 2019 admission notifications) with first cohort expected to start in June 2019.

All graduates of the Residency will be considered graduates of an accredited residency pending the successful completion of the candidacy process for the RUROPT under ABPTRFE. Full accreditation is expected by early 2020.

Please contact us at to be added to the list of interested applicants and we will notify you as soon as the application opens. Our first cohort will be limited to ten PT’s therefor it’s important to apply as soon as the application is available.

Admission to the Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program is granted on a competitive basis.


  • Applicants must have successfully completed a CAPTE accredited professional physical therapy curriculum, or have had a state physical therapy board approve the applicant’s first-professional physical therapy program as “equivalent” to a US CAPTE accredited professional physical therapy program.  
  • The applicant is required to have a valid physical therapy licensure in the United States and be licensed in the state of practice(s) or eligible and successfully completed before officially beginning studies. This license must not be under suspension, revocation, probationary status, or subject to disciplinary proceedings or inquiry.  
  • All applicants must have current CPR certification and professional liability insurance coverage that applies to all clinical settings in which they work.  
  • Applicants must be an APTA member, pass a background checks, and be committed to professional development.  
  • Per APTA requirements, residents cannot conduct clinical mentorship hours (1:1 or non-1:1 mentorship hours) in a physician owned physical therapy service (POPTS) or referral for profit (RFP) clinical situation.  
  • Applicants must submit a completed application in a timely manner in order to be considered for the program. Admission will be granted on a competitive basis utilizing the online RF-PTCAS application system.

Application materials

  • RF-PTCAS application (application is expected to be available in February 2019)
  • Three letters of recommendation, from PT faculty, clinical instructors or other professionals in physical therapy or rehab research or medical field. 
  • Entry-level DPT degree transcript. Candidates with a non-PT terminal degree are eligible for entry if they graduated prior to 2017 with a CAPTE-approved terminal education in Physical Therapy. Official transcripts of terminal degree are required.
  • Physical therapist license verification.
  • Two essays One from RF-PTCAS, and one specifically for the RUROPT program responding to the following essay prompt: The Regis University Orthopaedic Residency is designed to optimize clinical decision making and accelerate the professional development of a Physical Therapist to be a leader in orthopaedic patient management. Why are you the best candidate for our program?
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • APTA membership and Orthopaedic Section membership.

Compliance requirement

  • Students need to demonstrate that they are in full time (32 or more hours per week) of employment in orthopaedic clinical practice as of July 1.

Fequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions regarding the program, email or call 303.964.6147.

What is an Orthopaedic Residency?

A dynamic environment for a post-professional planned learning experience in orthopaedic clinical practice, education, and research in preparation to sit for the orthopaedic board-certified specialist examination upon completion.

What is orthopaedic physical therapy?

Orthopaedic physical therapy is a defined area of physical therapy practice emphasizing orthopaedic focused clinical differential diagnostics, examination, and intervention using hands on skills, manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulation) procedures, advanced exercise prescription, education, and total patient management across the lifespan. Orthopaedic physical therapy has a rapidly expanding body of peer-reviewed evidence across a wide spectrum of patient populations. It is currently the most popular area of clinical practice in physical therapy.

What is the mission and philosophy of the program?

The Orthopaedic Residency program at Regis University is dedicated to providing a values-centered education within the Jesuit Catholic tradition. The program is designed to produce graduates who are leaders in orthopaedic practice, teaching and research. The orthopaedic residency graduates will be grounded in an evidence-based practice model and experts at integrating evidence into the daily practice of physical therapy. 
The Goals of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Program include:

  • Provide a cutting edge educational environment that integrates state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Admit and develop physical therapists that value the Jesuit tradition of service to others and are committed to ethical professional practice.
  • Attract and support physical therapy educators who model professional behavior, excel in teaching, contribute to the physical therapy profession, and support the residency students in their reflection of "how ought we to live."
  • Develop leaders in education, research, and practice who assume leadership roles in the APTA, Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and like organizations and educational institutions.
  • What is the theoretical framework of the Regis Orthopaedic Residency?

    The short answer – the blending of evidence based-practice and the Dynamic Wheel. 

    The long answer as to what defines the theoretical framework of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program requires reflection and a view to the future for each individual who enters the program. The natural bridge to Jesuit philosophies of teaching and learning are self-evident. 

    At Regis we seek to integrate the best current research with the dynamic experience of being involved with like-minded professionals seeking growth and greater purpose. We build on our heritage as a program that has graduated over 125 Fellows in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy who are leaders providing service to their communities in the field of OMPT practice. 

    Our orthopaedic residency approach is designed to find the very best PT in each participant. Theoretically this is a blending of many schools of thought in orthopaedic practice. More than a patient based test-re-test approach we identify what both the therapist and the patient can each provide to develop the best care for the individual. We seek excellence in hands-on orthopaedic care, excellence in treatment delivery and excellence in ongoing learning in the treatment process. We seek the Magi, to be the very best we can be, we seek Cura Personalis to provide optimal patient care to serve the patient and society. 
    Our approach is mirrored in the past and the present in the works of leaders in orthopaedic practice. Where the best in practice is found, the roots of the Regis approach is found. Where the development and growth of orthopaedic practice is found, the ongoing genesis of our approach is rooted. 

    What is the Regis University approach to advanced training in orthopaedic physical therapist practice?

    The Regis University's orthopaedic residency houses focused approach to orthopaedic practice. We seek to advance the didactic and psycho-motor skill set of each orthopaedic resident with emphasis to the following key elements:
    1. Adherence and support of the APTA/Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy practice guidelines
    2. Utilization of a clinical approach which embraces all three elements of evidence based practice (EBP), including patient values, the best/most relevant available research and the developing clinical experience of our mentors and our mentees
    3. Integrating a dynamic test-re-test approach in patient intra-session assessment such that the patients response to a treatment interventions aids in the development of each patients unique plan of care
    4. Inclusion of established clinical practice guidelines within orthopaedic physical therapist practice to establish a strong foundation from which to build each patients plan of care
    5. Integration of manual therapy techniques such as thrust, non-thrust, MET, soft tissue, dry needing techniques
    6. Utilizing specific exercise based interventions which are both therapist and patient select based upon the concept that both patient and therapist vantage matter within the body of acceptable practice approaches
    7. Blending of specific axial and appendicular interventions in orthopaedic patient management with regional interdependence approaches
    8. Ensuring safety in the delivery of orthopaedic examination and interventions
    9. Leveraging the mentored learning experience both online in mentored hours in resident rounds and in the intensive environment of 1-1 mentoring in the clinic to develop and refine the new didactic and psychomotor information presented in the residency
    10. Recognizing that future practice may not mimic current practice, and that contributions to the EBP literature by orthopaedic residents is encouraged.

    What are the specific learning objectives of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy?

    The graduate of the Regis University Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy will:
    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the primary knowledge areas in orthopaedic practice including anatomy/physiology, movement science, pathology, pain science, surgical interventions and medicinal interventions
    2. Apply a primary in-depth knowledge of orthopaedic physical therapy theory and practice including the biopsychosocial model, manual therapy theory and practice, specific exercise interventions and clinical decision making
    3. Establish a comprehensive understanding of the principles of evidence-informed and evidence-based practice in orthopaedic physical therapist practice
    4. Develop the skill set to use a person-centered approach to complex decision making within an ethical framework using Jesuit principles
    5. Contribute through consultation and self-provision of special knowledge in orthopaedic practice to patients, peers, communities, payers and researchers
    6. Provide education to students, peers, communities and diverse groups to inform and support orthopaedic physical therapist practice
    7. Apply the concepts of critical inquiry within physical therapist practice to inform and further develop practice patterns and aid in technique selection 8. Prioritize inquiry and psychomotor skills within orthopaedic physical therapist practice to advance patient/client examination and evaluation
    9. Perform clinical assessments to derive critical information that aid in diagnosis, prognosis, interventions, ongoing assessment and ongoing care management
    10. Apply specific interventions in practice that include functional assessment, manual therapy, exercise prescription, patient/client education and pain management
    11. Analyze results of outcome assessment to inform professional development and clinical practice
    12. Apply the concepts of advanced orthopaedic physical therapist practice across the lifespan and in diverse populations, for the primary health conditions of orthopaedic practice for physical therapists
    13. Develop a leadership philosophy and professional mission statement that incorporate Jesuit values and professional practice standards

    Are manual therapy techniques such as thrust manipulations and dry needling training part of your program?

    We teach both manual therapy techniques such as high velocity low amplitude (HLVA) thrust manipulation and dry needling as a part of our residency courses. These techniques are in addition to joint mobilization, neurodynamic mobilization, muscle energy, and other soft tissues techniques, exercise prescription taught within the program. Regis University School of Physcial Therapy for many years has been a leader in manual therapy techniques. In addition, the program will include dry needing to reflect the most recent developments in this emerging area of orthopaedic physical therapy interventions. From an advocacy perspective, the Regis residency program is very active in supporting the rights (and obligations) of Physical Therapists to include all available tools within the knowledge and training to support the health of society. 

    Will I be certified in dry needling as a part of your program?

    Over the course of the four management courses you will receive 27 hours of training in dry needling. This may or may not meet the requirements of your individual state for utilizing this intervention as a part of your physical therapy practice. Please consult your state practice act for requirements as these vary significantly. All residents in training will need to comply with their state practice act prior to utilizing this technique in their clinical practice. Alternative skills will be emphasized for residents who have practice act restrictions to dry needling in their state of clinical practice.

    What advantage does your program have as a regionally accredited University?

    We are an established University with a 140 years of history to draw from as we continually pursue excellence in education. We have an exceptional and respected faculty base to collaborate with across the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in programs from nursing, pharmacy, counseling and health education services. Our School of Physical Therapy is nationally recognized, and our faculty are both expert clinicians and passionate teachers, with expertise in many areas of PT, particularly orthopaedic PT including Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. We offer a small college feel in regard to individual attention, but access to abundant and robust resources to support our students like our ITS Help Center, library resources, and extensive alumni network to name a few. Additionally, clinicians considering our program that work for other colleges, members of the military, and hospitals that offer tuition assistant benefits have requirements for tuition reimbursement that often mandate credit be from a regionally accredited school. Our campus is located in beautiful Denver, Colorado which means our residents not only get hands-on training at our historic campus, but get to explore a city recognized time and again for its healthy lifestyle and great amenities.

    Are courses given a letter grade on an official transcript?

    Yes, courses are graded (letter grade) and grades are posted to an official Regis University transcript. This is often important for employers who provide tuition benefits. Additionally, Regis University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This is another factor that is often important for tuition benefit dollars. The only exception to the letter grade is for the final practicum, which is not given a letter grade but a pass/fail. In the past we have provided a letter to employers who require a grade stating what grade they earned in the practicum class in order to pass.

    Do applicants to the Orthopaedic Residency have to be doctorally prepared?

    No. The orthopaedic residency is a post-professional option for US licensed physical therapists. Students that are not doctorally prepared may need to consult with the program coordinator to determine their readiness for the program, however, generally speaking a strong professional record, demonstration of orthopaedic interest, and PT licensure in good standing are all indications of preparedness for our program. 

    When can I apply?

    The Regis University Residency program is an approved developing program within ABPTRFE (accrediting agency for PT residencies), and is in the formal candidate process. The revised candidate process sets specific dates for when a new program will be reviewed for approval of candidacy (February 2019) and for when admissions will occur (March –June 2019). It is expected that the RUROPT will commence official enrollment via RF-PTCAS March 1st, 2019. Please contact us at to be added to the list of interested applicants and we will notify you as soon as the application opens.  Our first cohort will be limited to ten PT’s therefor it’s important to apply as soon as the application is available.

    What do you look for when reviewing applications?

    Desire to learn is a priority, a keen interest in orthopaedic physical therapy, conference activity especially APTA CSM or Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Annual Conference, orthopaedic CEU's taken, expressed interests and location of potential mentors. PTs all have different educational backgrounds with DPT, BSPT, MSPT, and the length of your career and demonstration for further continuing education is also a consideration if a DPT has not been earned. At a minimum, orthopaedic residents need to commit to a year of full-time clinical experience in the area of orthopaedic physical therapy. Residents are expected to sit for the OCS exam upon completion of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. 

    What are virtual rounds?

    Recent developments in educational technology now allows for more meaningful online collaboration. Residents interact in “virtual rounds” for patient case discussions with other residents and resident mentors. There is typically no specific scheduled time to participate, and the online virtual rounds are always open for activity although there will be specific directed activities with associated timelines that the resident will need to complete. Residents will start virtual rounds in July during the first summer semester of the program and continue involvement throughout the program until completion in May. 

    Virtual rounds are primarily discussion of active (de-identified) patient cases with other orthopaedic residents and orthopaedic faculty for the purpose of progressing and developing orthopaedic patient care skill sets. An example would be posting of a current patient case based upon body region, the subjective and objective findings, key unanswered questions pertinent to the case, supporting literature for interventions chosen, as well as plan of care currently ongoing. Secondary activity is based upon discussion of key issues in regulation and patient advocacy in orthopaedic practice, presentation and research development, medical and practice management questions.

    What Is Regis Media Space?

    Regis Media Space is an online portal to upload, store, view and receive feedback on video postings of mentoring sessions, recorded webinars and orientation materials for the Regis orthopaedic residents. It is a technical platform which is readily accessible from multiple platforms, can be used to upload videos, direct capture videos, screen capture and thus support the hybrid model of education, mentoring and reflection that is a hallmark of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

    How much time is required for coursework for students in the program?

    A significant majority of our residents are full-time clinicians. One advantage of our residency program is that it can be completed by the full-time clinician without the need to cut back on hours or relocate. All of our courses utilize a hybrid online learning environment which means that you can work on your coursework anytime of the day, and any day of the week. There are two week intensives in the fall and spring that require attendance on campus at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. One additional trip to campus is required for the final practicum examination. The amount of time required per week depends on the courses you are enrolled in at the time. Residents should typically plan on approximately 20 hours per week. However, time varies depending upon your learning style.

    Can I take a vacation while enrolled in a course?

    One of the great benefits of the program is the flexibility of online content. We can accommodate time away when enrolled in a course, but it depends a bit on the length of time. Typically a week or less over the course can be accommodated, particularly if you can access email once or twice to check-in. More than a week away without checking in would require approval from the faculty advisor and director. Participation in the scheduled week intensives is required.

    What is the cost of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program?

    The current per semester hour price for the Fall 2018-Summer 2019 school year is $875; therefore the cost of a three-semester hour course is $2,625. The total estimated cost of tuition for the 12 semester hour program is $10,500. Student pay on a per course basis, not as a lump sum.
    Additional estimated costs beyond tuition include the following: RF-PTCAS application free ($135), background check ($20), APTA and AOPT membership, cost of travel and lodging to Denver for weekend intensives (3 trips), registration and travel to national conference (must attend one conference; CSM or AOPT), possible travel and accommodations to complete the 150 1:1 clinical mentoring hours. Additionally there is a fee paid to Regis University for the Rehabilitation Outcomes Management System (ROMS)($325) and Leadership Development Inventory ($25)

    Am I eligible for student loans during this program?

    Because the resident will be required to have at least 32 hour employment in an orthopaedic clinical setting to obtain their required 1,350 clinical hours for the residency program as determined by ABPTRFE, it is not likely that residents will qualify or require federal student aid. If residents are interested in exploring this option, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submitting the FASFA allows you to apply for federal, state and institutional loans. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as early as possible before starting class. The FAFSA takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Use 001363 in FASFA Step 6 as the Regis University FAFSA code. Get details at the Regis University Financial Aid webpage.

    Can I defer my loans while in the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program?

    Yes it is likely that many Federal Direct Loans may be deferred during your time in the program for the semesters in which you maintain part time study (requirement is three semester hours for graduate students). Residents that follow the typical course schedule maintain part time status during the twelve months of didactic study. Residents that are on alternative schedules are still eligible to defer loans for the semesters in which they maintain part time status. Repayment of past loans will start if you are inactive for a period of six months. Federal Direct Loans have a six month grace period after the student has either graduated or is less than half-time, as long as these loans haven’t already used up their grace period. Anyone that is deferring loans will need to maintain contact with their loan servicer to discuss variations to schedules.

    Do you offer scholarships for Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residents?

    No. However, we do offer an innovated program for PT’s interested in mentoring our entry level DPT students. We highly encourage residents to consider becoming part of our Clinical Education Scholar Program (CESP). Find out more by contacting Shelene Thomas at or calling 303.964.6639.  Additional details and an application to the CESP program is available here. 

    Do students pay the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy mentors?

    While some programs have fees, at this point Regis residents are not charged for their direct clinical time, though this arrangement is a decision of the potential mentor and not of Regis University, but supported by our program intent. We have a strong base of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship mentors to support our residents. However, if reimbursement were requested by a mentor, any reimbursement to the mentor time is between the resident and the clinical mentor, and does not include Regis.

    Do I receive a degree from the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Program?

    No. Upon successful completion of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program, the graduate will receive a Regis University Academic Certificate that will be recorded on an official University transcript. This serves as meeting the requirements of the APTA / ABTRFE to apply for eligibility to sit for the Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination and also meets the requirements of many employers/institutions that one receives a University approved certificate.

    Who is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)?

    OCS status in the APTA is a professional credential with recognition of competence and expertise in the practice of orthopaedic physical therapy by a physical therapist licensed in the USA. To achieve the OCS credential, a physical therapist must complete a credentialed residency program in orthopaedic physical therapy and demonstrate competence by successfully passing an examination. The orthopaedic resident is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of orthopaedic disorders. Clinicians who achieve OCS designation serve their patients and the public by demonstrating excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.

    What is the timeline for obtaining the OCS for those who enroll in the RUROPT??

    Residents will be required to apply for the OCS examination following approximately 10-11 months in the residency on the assumption that they will at that time be on a path to successful completion of the residency. For the initial cohort this would be in approximately May 2020, with the intention to sit for the OCS examination in March 2021.

    Are there additional expectations and requirements for the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy?

    The Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy uses a variety of methods to assess the clinical competence of each resident. The resident must demonstrate safe and effective patient/client management in a clinical setting with an examiner present.

    In addition, residents will complete didactic testing during their online courses/modules, complete psychomotor skill assessment during their time at Regis University and will receive evaluation of their clinical decision making and patient management during their mentorship hours.

    What are the clinical practice hour requirements of the program?

    Residents complete a minimum of 1,350 hours of clinical practice focused on orthopaedic physical therapy during the program. This includes virtual rounds, 300 hours of didactic education, and 150 hours of direct one-on-one clinical practice working with one or more OCS clinical faculty. 

    One-on-one clinical practice hours must be under direct clinical supervision of a Fellowship Mentor. Mentors must be in good standing with the AAOMPT, be licensed and located in the USA, and we must establish a clinic agreement with them. Clinical supervision is defined as on-site, one-on-one instructor supervision of the Fellow in training while actively engaged in patient/client management. The Fellow in training must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient’s care for a minimum of 130 of the 150 hours. The remaining 20 hours may be devoted to observation or the instructor providing care to the instructor’s patient(s) and/or discussion with the instructor on patient/client management.

    Where are the one-on-one supervision clinical sites?

    There are a number of clinical sites throughout the country who have agreed to work with orthopaedic residents in our program. It is the responsibility of the residents to arrange state licensure, travel, accommodations, etc., when engaged in practice at these facilities. Residents who wish to arrange one-on-one supervision with new potential OCS Mentors are encouraged to work with the program to establish a formal relationship with the Regis program. Regis is able to provide a list to residents of orthopaedic clinicans who are graduated Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellows as well as Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists (OCS).

    What about licensure if I complete one-on-one hours out of state?

    For Fellows in Training (FiT’s) attending 1:1 mentor time out of state there is variability in requirements pertaining to PT licensure. Approximately 25 states allow for attendance to another state under a licensure waiver for an educational experience (CO is one as long as a letter is sent to the PT board), the rest require the obtainment of a license, some by reciprocation, some by application. As these rules are subject to change, the individual practice act needs to be reviewed.

    Do residents in the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy need their own malpractice insurance for their mentorship hours?

    As a Regis resident you are covered during you 1:1 mentoring hours under the University policy for malpractice and workers comp when there is a contract in place with the facility in which you are being mentored. This coverage ONLY applies to the specific time when you are being mentored by the OCS clinical faculty for your 1:1 hours. The Regis insurance does not cover residents outside of the specific mentored time. We strongly recommend that all students also have their own HPSO (or similar) insurance for personal liability in all other settings that your employment would not cover, and as a secondary level of coverage determination.

    Can I have more than one mentor?

    Yes. We encourage residents to customize their experience to meet their interest and patient population needs. We recommend that one of your mentors be a Regis Fellowship in OMPT graduate to solidify the techniques and training of the Regis School of Physical across curriculum, but any Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist is eligible to be a mentor pending a site contract, a relatively easy process but depends on the size and requirements of the mentors' place of employment.

    Do you have to be working full time in the clinic to complete the program?

    Residents need at least 30 hours/week for 11 months. The resident clinician needs to accumulate 1,350 hours of clinical practice over the one year residency period. This includes the 150 hours of direct 1:1 mentoring time eligible to be considered for the program.

    How much travel is involved in completing the program?

    The Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residents spend 2 weeks at our beautiful campus located in Denver, Colorado. One week in the fall and one in the spring is required and one additional trip is necessary for the final practical examinations. Additional travel includes attendance at one national conference (APTA CSM or A annual conference are most common). Participation in professional presentation is required under the supervision of the orthopaedic faculty.

    Can I register for APTA membership after I find out if I'm accepted?

    Yes. We require that students be APTA and Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy members at the start of the program and throughout their time in the program. A student rate may be available for membership at both organizations. Be sure to check prior to registration, or at your renewal period.

    Is the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program accredited with APTA?

    The Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is in process to be accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. 

    It is the preferred approach of the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy program to be actively involved in the Accreditation process for Residency and Fellowship programs that is under the authority of the APTA and the Direction of ABPTRFE. To this end, core Faculty contribute in an ongoing fashion as consultants to the Accreditation process, lead within the Program Directors SIG and serve in leadership positions within the APTA to ensure that the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship meets the ongoing requirements for accreditation and also helps shape the ongoing growth and development of Residency and Fellowship education. We are thankful that our approach has allowed our program to be accredited and to be a leading program in post-professional education.

    What are the core courses in the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy?

    The core courses total 12 semester hours:

      SUMMER SEMESTER 2019: 4 SH
    • DPT801 Advanced Clinical Practice I (2 SH*)
    • DPT811 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice I
      FALL SEMESTER 2019: 4 SH
    • DPT802 Advanced Clinical Practice II (1 SH*)
    • DPT812 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice I (3 SH*)
      SPRING SEMESTER 2020: 4 SH
    • DPT813 Orthopaedic Specialty Practice III
      TOTAL: 12 SH

    Influential Faculty

    Cameron MacDonald, PT, DPT
    Orthopedic & Geriatric Board Certified Specialist
    Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    Director, Regis University Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

    Dr MacDonald is current an assistant professor in the Regis School of Physical Therapy. He was the inaugural graduate of the Regis Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2006, and is currently the Director of the program. He is dual certified as an orthopedic and geriatric board specialist by the ABPTS, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr MacDonald has received multiple national research awards, and also state and local service awards in the PT profession. He speaks frequently on a national and international level on topics including manual therapy, orthopedic conservative management, fellowship and residency post-professional education and previously served as the Chief Delegate in the APTA House of Delegates for Colorado. As a clinician, he provides primary outpatient services within the Regis University clinic. His services to the physical therapy profession include ongoing roles in national guidelines panels, professional development and in legislative roles including being the current President of the Colorado Chapter of the APTA. Dr MacDonald is the President of the AAOMPT program directors special interest group and is currently pursuing PhD studies in the historical roots of manual therapy.

    Stephanie Albin, PT, DPT, PhD
    Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
    Fellow – American Academy Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

    Stephanie Albin earned a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Utah in 2003 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree 2005. She received her PhD from the University of Utah in Rehabilitative Science. She received her board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2009 and completed her fellowship in manual therapy through Regis University in 2009. Dr. Albin is currently an Assistant Professor in the school of physical therapy at Regis University. Her primary research interest is the foot and ankle, and she has received $500,000 in grant funding through the Department of Defense. She currently serves on the board of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group. She has written multiple monographs and book chapters regarding the management of foot and ankle conditions.

    Amy Stone Hammerich, PT, DPT, PhD
    Orthopedic Board Certified Specialist
    Geriatric Board Certified Specialist
    Fellow - American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

    Dr. Amy Hammerich earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in 2000 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree 2003. She earned her PhD at the University of Colorado in Health and Behavioral Science in 2013 with a focus on low back pain and aging. She received her board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic clinical Specialist in 2015 and Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 2017 and completed her Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through Regis University in 2018. Dr. Hammerich has also done post-graduate studies in neuromuscular physiology at the University of Colorado 2004-2006 with motor unit needle EMG research investigating muscle synergies and stabilization strategies in older adults. She has served as the Director at Large, Treasurer (2 terms), President Elect, and President of the APTA Colorado Chapter. Dr. Hammerich is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University. Her primary research interest are in the spine, hip/pelvis and aging joints.