Certificate of Advanced Study in Orthopedic Physical Therapy


The Northeastern University Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Orthopedic Physical Therapy is designed for licensed physical therapists interested in developing advanced skills in orthopedic physical therapy. This post-professional program will consist of 5 courses (18 credits) and be taught 100% online. The on-line design of the program will provide the practicing physical therapist the flexibility to adapt to their demanding schedule, save time on travel and complete the program from the comfort of their home. The program can be completed in 18 to 36 months with start dates of September 2014, January 2015 and July 2015. The on-line format will foster the development of critical reflective thinking through case studies and discussions focusing on the most current information in orthopedic physical therapy.

Begins Fall 2014

Contact Info
Dr. Susan Lowe

Susan Lowe
Program Director
Tel: 617.304.9253


The five courses that make up the certificate are:

  1. Patient Management Models and Evidence Based Practice in Orthopedics
  2. Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes for the Cervical-Thoracic Spine and Temporomandibular Joint
  3. Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes for the Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand
  4. Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  5. Evidence Based Examination and Outcomes for the Lower Extremity: Hip, Knee, Foot and Ankle

An optional 2 ½ day hands on lab that will include components of each of the CAS courses (upper extremity, lower extremity, spine) will be offered each spring. People enrolled in the CAS will have the option to take the hands on labs for an extra fee.

Program Objectives

  • Prepare physical therapists to integrate the current research into their orthopedic clinical practice
  • Apply knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics to the evaluation and treatment of the musculoskeletal system
  • Interpret and analyze medical and physical examination findings based on the Patient/Client Management Model
  • Analyze current surgical interventions for the musculoskeletal system as it applies to physical therapy care
  • Provide the student the knowledge and skills required to sit for the American Physical Therapy Associations’ Board of Physical Therapy Specialist Orthopaedic clinical specialization examination

Apply for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy (CAS) program.