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Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Certificate of Completion

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Regis’ Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy provides maximum flexibility for working clinicians. Fast-track your professional development and gain recognition as an OCS with no need to relocate. This one-year program includes online classes, two one-week long intensives held on our campus in Colorado and 150 hours of direct mentorship.

Integrating the best current research with the dynamic experience of being surrounded with like-minded professionals with a greater purpose, Regis University’s Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 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) exam.

Residents learn manual therapy techniques such as high velocity low amplitude (HLVA) thrust manipulation and dry needling, as well as joint mobilization, neurodynamic mobilization, muscle energy, soft tissues techniques and exercise prescription.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online classes with two 1-week on campus lab intensives 

Credits for Completion
12 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$875 per credit hour

Sample Topics of Study

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High Velocity Low Amplitude (HLVA) Thrust Manipulation

The practice of rapidly moving a joint beyond its physiologic or normal operating range of motion but below its anatomical or maximum limit, particularly for low back, mid-back, and neck pain.

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Joint and Neurodynamic Mobilization

Manipulation of the nervous system in relationship to the musculoskeletal system, activating a range of mechanical and physiological responses in nervous tissues.


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Soft Tissue Techniques and Exercise Prescription

Hands-on techniques on muscles, ligaments and fascia in order to break adhesions and optimize muscle function, as well as exercise prescriptions for building and maintaining strength and range of motion.

Program Details

Get all the details on our Orthopaedic Physical Therapy residency program, including course requirements and application materials. 


Students in this program complete 150 hours of mentoring during this program. 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 mentoring. Reflective professional development will include the use of outcomes tracking for clinical practice benchmarked against national standards.

Residents obtain mentorship through agreement with OCS, as part of their employment if employed at a site in partnership with the ROPT program, or with graduates/current Fellows-in-Training of the Regis Residency in OMPT, which represents over 150 board-certified specialists for mentorship throughout the U.S.

Program Format

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 credit hours delivered over three semesters. Two one-week long intensives, held on our campus in Denver, compliment the online courses.  

Additionally, students are required to complete 150 hours of mentoring either at their place of employment, or a clinical partnership site.


Regis University's Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (RUROPT) program has achieved candidacy status approval under the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) as of September 30th, 2019.

Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program. 

The RUROPT program will continue with all required accreditation procedures, including a site visit in the second half of 2020 to achieve full accreditation.

The Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Residency 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

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

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

How to Apply

All application materials for the OMPT Residency program should be submitted through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS), including: 

  • Completed RF-PTCAS application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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
  • Physical therapist license verification
  • Essay
  • Resume/CV


  • Applicants must have a valid physical therapy licensure in the United States and in the state(s) of practice OR eligible and successfully complete licensure before officially beginning studies for new graduates

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $875 per credit hour
Total program credits: 12

Additional fees may include a RF-PTCAS application fee, background check, APTA and AOPT membership fees, travel and lodging for on-campus intensives and other technology fees. Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.


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

Dates to Remember

We review applications on a rolling admission cycle as long as space is available on the following schedule:
Application Deadline: May 15 | Admission Decision by June 1
Application Deadline: August 15 | Admission Decision by September 1
Application Deadline: November 15 | Admission Decision by December 1

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the application deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the course of the three management courses and on-site week intensives, 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.

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. 

We are currently developing relationships with employers. We encourage those interested in our program that are not yet employed to email a resume to noting their preference for location and setting. If/when a host site contacts Regis University we will pass along qualified applicants with their permission. We also encourage applicants that are employed, or are interviewing for positions to address residency funding/mentorship options with the employer.

Residents in Training (RiT) are responsible for finding mentors, however, our faculty will assist as much as possible. Residents in the RUROPT will have access to graduates and current fellowship students. This represents over 145 Fellowship graduates, with over 200 potential mentors from our Graduates and current Fellows-in-Training as a combined group for potential mentorship throughout the United States. These highly training and motivated clinicians will be an excellent lead source for mentor time and additional learning in the program. Additionally student in the program may have access to other qualified PT mentors in their place of employment who agree to mentor for some or all of the 150 hours.

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 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 clinicians who are graduated Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellows as well as Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists (OCS).

Residency involves mentorship, peer interaction, collaboration, and exposure to areas of advanced practice that you wouldn’t get just studying for the OCS exam on your own (or with a prep course). Our Residency program is unique as you will get a higher level of interaction with our OMPT fellows during the program in a variety of ways. Our faculty are all fellows of our OMPT program. We will have many fellows across the country that will serve as mentors for the 150 hours needed for Residency 1:1 mentoring time. In addition, our fellows will interact in courses, online virtual rounds, and 2 week ground-based time at Regis. We will have a number of modules that will certainly give you the content needed for OCS level clinical decision making but more importantly there will be many opportunities to advance your practice in other ways beyond just the didactic/knowledge component of practice.

We develop thought leaders, researchers, innovators, advocates and builders of the profession. We do not isolate our ideas, we share and promote them for all to use. Looking to the structure of the residency, the hybrid model allows for a distance approach along with the two week long intensives on campus. Dry Needle training up to a level I completion will be in place. The opportunity to integrate learning into live patient care, standardized outcomes assessment, a diverse and high quality faculty and quite a bit more is available.

The majority of our residents are full-time or at least 80% time employed 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.