Take Your Physical Therapy Career to the Next Level

In a profession where the rate of burnout is high in part due to high volumes of patient care and less than optimal patient outcomes, the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will not only enable you to successfully treat the complex patients by becoming a master clinician through development of advanced clinical reasoning and building a comprehensive skillset including manual therapy, pain science and therapeutic interventions. The OMPT program at Ohio State also will give you the opportunity to determine where your passions are, whether that be in patient care, research, education or a leadership role in the profession.


Learn how to treat the most challenging cases

There are some patients with limited range of motion or conditions with chronic pain that makes traditional physical therapy practices ineffective, if not impossible. Our Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) program teaches fellows how to best treat and manage patients with these complex conditions.

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Take your practice to the next level

A fellowship in OMPT from Ohio State can breathe new life into your practice and make you a better PT. You’ll learn advanced techniques and skills that will broaden your abilities, advance your career and make your practice more rewarding as you help patients with serious and challenging physical issues.

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Our extensive program combines practical coursework and mentored clinical practice

Fellows will receive traditional didactic training in addition to one-on-one mentoring in the clinic by experienced faculty and staff. You’ll also participate in monthly journal club sessions, therapeutic dry needling training, grand rounds and various conferences and seminars to enhance your experience.

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The Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship is a 12-month program beginning in January and concluding the following December. Our comprehensive program includes clinical care at Ohio State Sports Medicine, mentorship with fellowship-trained clinicians, and teaching and research experience. The fellowship program is accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).


The goal of the OMPT Fellowship is to develop subspecialty manual techniques and assessment skills consistent with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy’s (AAOMPT) Description of Advanced Specialty Practice. This is accomplished through guided mentored practice, teaching and research opportunities. This robust program integrates resources from our own Wexner Medical Center and an academic program personalized to each professional to enhance patient outcomes and develops leaders in the PT profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

The OPMT fellow will practice at the Ohio State Sports Medicine’s CarePoint Gahanna facility. A typical week in the fellowship program includes four hours of mentored practice, 30 hours of non-mentored practice, two hours of lab instruction and six to eight hours of other didactic work, including self-study. Additionally, fellows have teaching responsibilities within Ohio State’s entry-level physical therapy program that will strengthen skills and knowledge in OMPT.

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