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Post-Graduate Physical Therapy Programs

Our programs are committed to developing stewards of the physical therapy profession, evidence-based practitioners and clinician scientists. Graduates will be critical thinkers, reflective, empathetic, and lifelong learners.

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Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship

Bellin College’s OMPT Fellowship is an evolution of the highly regarded Evidence in Motion™ (EIM) OMPT Fellowship which has been a hallmark of the physical therapy profession in elevating clinical leadership. The APTA-credentialed / AAOMPT-recognized Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy helps therapists gain the highest-level skills in the integration of advanced manual physical therapy techniques, educating students and fellow PT’s, performing clinic-based research, and leading in the business of PT.

The Bellin College OMPT Fellowship program is a 55-credit, flexible, cost-effective, and achievable program from a work/life balance perspective.  This program can be paced to accommodate personal life and spread over 18 months to 4 years. Data demonstrates that past-EIM Fellows perform in the top 10% of the profession (based on Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes™ scores). Graduates are primed for leadership in the teaching of orthopaedic manual physical therapy, as well as active participation and contribution to clinical research.

The Fellowship is accomplished through a dynamic fusion of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a combination of distance learning, online courses, weekend intensive hands-on courses, and clinical practice hours.

Academic Plan and Calendar

The OMPT Fellowship program is flexible, achievable from a work/life balance perspective, and cost-effective. Students may have already completed significant coursework towards Fellowship. This feasible program can be paced to accommodate personal life and spread over 2 to 3 years.

Academic Plan   

Curriculum Calendar Examples

January Start  – Track 1 (has prior EIM credits)

January Start  – Track 2

Course Descriptions

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DSC 610:  EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE I – 1 credit
This course is designed to improve the participant’s understanding and use of evidence-based practice and its impact on physical therapy. Participants learn how to ask clinically relevant questions, find and interpret the evidence, and apply this evidence to clinical practice. The goal of this course is to develop consumers and users of clinical research that will improve the quality and impact of the participant’s clinical practice on the patients they serve.

DSC 611:  EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE II – 1 credit
This course builds on the foundational content of EBP I and covers key concepts related to research design and statistics. Emphasis is on practical interpretation, understanding, and integration in the clinical reasoning process.

DSC 612:  INTRODUCTION TO OMPT AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIALIZATION – 1 credit
This course provides an introduction into what it means to be a manual physical therapy fellow. A variety of professional topics are discussed including the history of manual therapy, professional organization(s), and current and emerging issues.

DSC 613:  MECHANISMS OF MANUAL PHYSICAL THERAPY – 1 credit
This course provides an update on the biomechanical and neurophysiologic mechanisms of manual therapy. Special attention is directed towards recent research investigating manual therapy’s effect on pain. Students interact with leading researchers in this field.

DSC 621:  PAIN SCIENCES &PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPLICATIONS IN MUSCULOSKELETAL CARE – 2 credits
This course provides an in-depth review of the current concepts in pain sciences. The course challenges presuppositions and provides evidence-based insight into the current myths and gross misunderstandings of pain.

DSC 640:  WRITING CASE REPORTS & CASE SERIES – 1 credit
This course reviews the steps involved in completing a case report suitable for publication, including examination of foundational material and critique of the initial submission of a published case report. Students complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research online training program titled “Protecting Human Research Participants.”

DSC 641:  OMPT PATIENT MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK/ADVANCED CLINICAL DECISION MAKING – 6 credits
This course is designed to teach an advanced patient management framework by combining the interpretation of basic science knowledge with an evidence-informed clinical reasoning approach. Students develop dynamic critical thinking skills needed to complete a high-quality differential evaluation, resulting in identification of key interventions to manage patients safely and efficiently. This course highlights important aspects of the examination, such as the use of effective communication strategies, the test/retest approach to evaluate the effectiveness of each intervention, and selection of targeted home exercise and educational interventions.

DSC 642 TA:  TEACHING PRACTICUM 5 – OMPT PATIENT MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK/ADVANCED CLINICAL DECISION MAKING – 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to provide mentored teaching experience in multiple learning environments. Students develop and apply skills through continued clinical application in a supportive teaching environment.

DSC 650:  MANAGEMENT OF LUMBOPELVIC DISORDERS – 4 credits
This course provides an in-depth review of current concepts and published evidence related to the clinical examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and interventions for patients with disorders of the lumbopelvic spine and hip. Evidence-based classification systems, diagnosis, and outcomes tools, are addressed.

DSC 651:  MANAGEMENT OF LOWER EXTREMITY DISORDERS – 4 credits
This course integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with lower extremities musculoskeletal disorders. The course includes discussion of radiology rules for acute lower extremity injuries as well as diagnostic information for systemic and vascular disorders affecting the lower extremities. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 652 TA:  TEACHING PRACTICUM 1 – MANAGEMENT OF LUMBOPELVIC DISORDERS – 1 credit
In this course students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6510 Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders. Under faculty oversight, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 653:  MANAGEMENT OF CERVICAL AND THORACIC DISORDERS – 4 credits
This course integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage disorders. It includes the application of diagnostic imaging as a component of the diagnostic process. Classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice are included. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 654 TA:  TEACHING PRACTICUM 2 – MANAGEMENT OF LOWER EXTREMITY DISORDERS – 1 credit            
In this course, students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6520 Management of Lower Extremity Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 655:  MANAGEMENT OF UPPER EXTREMITY DISORDERS – 4 credits
This course integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with upper extremity disorders and dysfunction. Classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice, are included. Diagnostic information for the medical screening of systemic and vascular disorders is discussed. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 656 TA:  TEACHING PRACTICUM 3 – MANAGEMENT OF CERVICAL AND THORACIC DISORDERS – 1 credit
In this course students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6530 Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 658 TA:  TEACHING PRACTICUM 4 – MANAGEMENT OF UPPER EXTREMITY DISORDERS – 1 credit
In this course, students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6540 Management of Upper Extremity Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 660 WI:  Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 661 WI:  Management of Lower Extremity Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging rules for acute lower extremity injuries are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 663 WI:  Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 665 WI:  Management of Upper Extremity Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 667 WI:  Advanced Manual Therapy Technique I – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the advanced examination/interventions targeting the upper quarter, including mechanical diagnosis and therapy concepts, adverse neural dynamics, mobilization/manipulation techniques, and manual resisted exercise. The class includes discussion on optimizing the patient history, key differentiation testing to use in the physical exam, and strategies to select optimal intervention procedures.

DSC 690:  Independent Study I – 1 credit
This course includes the preparation of two up-to-date, well-researched, evidence-focused presentations on pre-approved topics. These presentations must be: 1) recorded for posting in an open-access forum, 2) presented live at weekend intensive or other approved post-professional continuing education course, 3) presented to a multi-disciplinary audience, 4) presented to a direct consumer audience, or 5) presented to another pre-approved audience.

DSC 728:  FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARLY PROJECT – 1 credit
This course requires the student to complete a patient case report or case series, as well as a poster presentation and oral presentation of the case.

DSC 767:  FELLOWSHIP VIRTUAL ROUNDS – 6 credits
This course focuses on advanced clinical decision-making regarding clinical care in a collaborative virtual environment. Synchronous live virtual case tutorial sessions are typically conducted in the evenings (usually 4 sessions monthly) for approximately 2-3 hours. This course includes one lab intensive weekend for students.

DSC 767 WI:  Advanced Manual Therapy Technique II – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the advanced examination/interventions targeting the lower quarter, including mechanical diagnosis and therapy concepts, adverse neural dynamics, mobilization/manipulation techniques, and manual resisted exercise. The course includes discussion on optimizing the patient history, key differentiation testing to use in the physical exam, and strategies to select optimal intervention procedures.

DSC 769:  FELLOWSHIP MENTORED CLINICAL PRACTICE – 6 credits
This Clinical Practicum is an advanced clinical practice experience in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in which students are mentored in both live 1:1 clinical practice hours and orthopaedic manual physical therapy clinical practice hours based on current American Physical Therapy Association requirements. Emphasis is placed on advanced clinical decision-making, outcomes evaluation and autonomous patient management.

DSC 790:  Independent Study II – 1 credit
This independent study course includes the completion of self-paced coursework focused on the foundations of manual physical therapy practice and the standardized manual physical therapy examination. Enrollment in this course starts upon entering the fellowship program and is completed once the student has successfully completed all learning modules included in this course.

DSC 799:  Fellowship Program Capstone Examinations – Capstone credit
This capstone course consists of the final examination process. Students complete a final comprehensive written examination that focuses on medical screening, clinical reasoning, decision-making, and the application of manual physical therapy concepts. Students complete 4 regional technique examinations to demonstrate mastery of selected manual physical therapy interventions. Finally, 2 live patient examinations are completed, one with a spinal/axial focus and another with a peripheral/appendicular focus.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Fellowship Certificate Program Goals

  • Provide an innovative and cutting-edge educational environment consistently, across all clinical settings, and for all fellows-in-training, through the integration of state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Admit and develop physical therapists that value the principles of evidence-based practice and behave accordingly in their daily practice.
  • Develop practitioners skilled in the integration of eclectic orthopaedic manual physical therapy techniques and evidence-based practice principles into an advanced clinical decision-making framework for the management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Develop practitioners who confidently and professionally interact with physical therapy colleagues and other healthcare providers (general physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.), and provide leadership in evidence-based care for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Develop fellows who are prepared to step into initial leadership roles in clinical practice, education, clinical research, and/or the business of physical therapy and in professional service through the APTA (local chapters, state chapters, and national association), the AAOMPT, and physical therapy practices throughout the United States.
  • Provide an efficient route for physical therapists from all areas of the country, including rural environments, to access and matriculate through post-professional fellowship training.
  • Ensure consistent, high-quality, post-professional development for all of our participants in the fellowship program.

 

Fellowship Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is able to:

  • Integrate the principles of evidence-based practice into clinical practice.
  • Incorporate an advanced clinical decision-making framework for the management of patients.
  • Demonstrate confidence and skills in teaching/collaborating with intra and inter-disciplinary colleagues.
Admission Requirements
Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all academic didactic course work with an average grade of 90% or better.
  2. Clinical Mentorship Hours
  3. Requirements for FiTs who started the program in 2017 or earlier:
    • Complete 440+ clinical mentorship hours. The 440 hours includes 310 non-1:1 clinical mentorship hours and 130 1:1 direct mentor supervision hours with an approved FAAOMPT credentialed therapist per ABPTRFE criteria. The 130 1:1 hours may include up to 20 hours of observation, discussion, and interaction with the FAAOMPT mentor. The FiT must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient/client’s care for at least 110 of the total 130 1:1 clinical mentorship hours.
    • Requirements for FiTs who start the program in Jan 2018 or beyond:
      • Requirements are the same as above, but FiTs must acquire 150 1:1 mentorship hours. The 150 1:1 hours may include up to 20 hours of observation, discussion, and interaction with the FAAOMPT mentor. The FiT must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient/client’s care for at least 130 of the total 150 1:1 clinical mentorship hours.
    • Requirements for FiTs who start the program in Jan 2020 or beyond:
      • Complete 1000+ clinical mentorship hours. These hours include 850 patient clinic care hours and 150 1:1 direct mentor supervision hours with an approved FAAOMPT credentialed therapist. The 150 1:1 hours may include up to 20 hours of observation, discussion, and interaction with the FAAOMPT mentor. The FiT must serve as the primary clinician responsible for the patient/client’s care for at least 130 of the total 150 1:1 clinical mentorship hours.
      • Clinical hours must reflect an adequate representation of a demographically/clinically diverse population as judged by the Program Director (based on the Description of Advanced Specialty Practice – DASP). Any areas of deficiency must be addressed by completing additional work to enhance knowledge and/or experience in deficient areas. Fellows should work proactively to plan to obtain experiences in all key areas identified in the DASP.
  4. Clinical Outcomes Data Submissions through FOTO™.
  5. Complete a comprehensive written examination, 4 technique examinations, 2 live patient examinations with a grade of A- or better.
  6. Completion of a scholarly project which may include poster or platform presentation, manuscript publication, preparation of a significant educational module for use.
  7. Performance of two high quality, in-depth, evidence-based presentations.
Tuition and Fees

Tuition charges listed are for planning purposes only and are subject to change. Tuition and Fees Schedules are updated and published annually. 

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Course Delivery Method

Fellowship courses are delivered through a combination of online learning, as well as personal interactions within clinical and classroom/lab environment.  Delivery of the online learning content may occur through a blend of face-to-face activities, or asynchronous means.  Onsite weekend intensives are required for all management and technique courses.  Students will have the option of attending weekend intensives at sites throughout the United States.

Faculty

Julie Whitman, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Program Director

Mark Shepherd, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Assistant Program Director

Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Research Director

Jonathon Weiss, PT, DPT, GCS
Program Coordinator
 

Courses are taught by world-class faculty, many of whom are internationally recognized for their contributions to education, research, and practice management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are transfer credits accepted?

Bellin College cannot accept/transfer credits toward the OMPT Fellowship unless completed through Evidence in Motion ™. 

Is financial aid available?

Students who are only completing the OMPT Fellowship are not eligible for federal financial loans, but may be eligible for private educational loans.  Students who commit to the entire DSc in PT program, which includes the fellowship, may be eligible for federal loans.

Am I able to utilize my Federal Veteran’s Administration (VA) Benefits?

Yes, contact Bellin College’s school certifying official, Mary Jo Moore at (920) 433-6640, maryjo.moore@bellincollege.edu or view the Bellin College veteran’s information page.

What sort of payment plans are available?

A $500 tuition deposit is due with return of the student acceptance contract which is credited toward tuition.  Individual payment plans may be developed in conjunction with the Bellin College Bursar.  For more information contact Mary Jo Moore, Bursar, maryjo.moore@bellincollege.edu or (920) 433-6640.

How long will it take me to complete?

The Bellin College Fellowship typically takes 24-36 months to complete, although fellows in training have 4 years (48 months) of enrollment to complete the program.  Exceptions to the time frame may be made by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis, with a firm limit of 60 months based on the APTA/ABPTRFE standards.

How many hours per weeks should I set aside?

Depending on the specific course, the fellow in training (FiT) should plan on spending on average 12-20 hours per week devoted to their studies.  This varies based on prior education preparation, which courses the FiT is enrolled in, and academic efficiency of each FiT.

How much travel is required?

FiT’s are required to attend the four core management class weekend intensives (WI’s) as a student, with sites available across the United States.  FiT’s may attend additional WI’s as desired at no additional cost.  There are also two required FiT-only weekend intensive courses to attend.  

Is the Fellowship accredited?

The Bellin College Fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional fellowship program for physical therapists in orthopaedic manual physical therapy.  The Fellowship is also recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. 

Additional questions?

Please contact admissions@bellincollege.edu or (920) 433-6650.


Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT)

Bellin College’s DScPT program is committed to developing evidence-based physical therapist practitioners and clinician scientists. Graduates will be critical thinkers, reflective, empathetic, and lifelong learners. Lastly, graduates will become highly skilled autonomous practitioners who are prepared to become leaders in the areas of teaching as well as participants and contributors to clinical research.

The Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) track is an 80 credit program. Students complete core coursework involving orthopaedic manual physical therapy followed by specialty courses that focus on research, curriculum and leadership.

The DScPT degree program expands on the knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained from the fellowship certificate with an emphasis on research, educational leadership, and advanced practice. Students may choose to complete only the fellowship component or may choose to continue to complete the DScPT degree. Successful completion of an orthopaedic manual physical therapy fellowship is required to complete the DScPT program.

Academic Plan and Calendar

The Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) track is an 80 credit program. Students complete core coursework involving orthopaedic manual physical therapy followed by specialty courses that focus on research, curriculum and leadership.

Academic Plan   

Academic Plan Calendar

Course Descriptions

DSC 610 Evidence-Based Practice I – 1 credit
This course is designed to improve the participant’s understanding and use of evidence-based practice and its impact on physical therapy. Participants learn how to ask clinically relevant questions, find and interpret the evidence, and apply this evidence to clinical practice. The goal of this course is to develop consumers and users of clinical research that will improve the quality and impact of the participant’s clinical practice on the patients they serve.

DSC 611 Evidence-Based Practice II – 1 credit
This course builds on the foundational content of EBP I and covers key concepts related to research design and statistics. Emphasis is on practical interpretation, understanding, and integration in the clinical reasoning process.

DSC 612 Introduction to OMPT and Professional Socilization – 1 credit
This course provides an introduction into what it means to be a manual physical therapy fellow. A variety of professional topics are discussed including the history of manual therapy, professional organization(s), and current and emerging issues.

DSC 613 Mechanisms of Manual Physical Therapy – 1 credit        
This course provides an update on the biomechanical and neurophysiologic mechanisms of manual therapy. Special attention is directed towards recent research investigating manual therapy’s effect on pain. Students interact with leading researchers in this field.

DSC 621 Pain Sciences & Psychosocial Implications in Musculoskeletal Care – 2 credits
This course provides an in-depth review of the current concepts in pain sciences. The course challenges presuppositions and provides evidence-based insight into the current myths and gross misunderstandings of pain.

DSC 640 Writing Case Reports & Case Series – 1 credit
This course reviews the steps involved in completing a case report suitable for publication, including examination of foundational material and critique of the initial submission of a published case report. Students complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research online training program titled “Protecting Human Research Participants.”

DSC 641 OMPT Patient Management Framework/Advanced Clinical Decision Making – 6 credits
This course is designed to teach an advanced patient management framework by combining the interpretation of basic science knowledge with an evidence-informed clinical reasoning approach. Students develop dynamic critical thinking skills needed to complete a high-quality differential evaluation, resulting in identification of key interventions to manage patients safely and efficiently. This course highlights important aspects of the examination, such as the use of effective communication strategies, the test/retest approach to evaluate the effectiveness of each intervention, and selection of targeted home exercise and educational interventions.

DSC 642 TA Teaching Practicum 5 – OMPT Patient Management Framework/Advanced Clinical Decision Making – 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to provide mentored teaching experience in multiple learning environments. Students develop and apply skills through continued clinical application in a supportive teaching environment.

DSC 650 Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders – 4 credits
This course provides an in-depth review of current concepts and published evidence related to the clinical examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and interventions for patients with disorders of the lumbopelvic spine and hip. Evidence-based classification systems, diagnosis, and outcomes tools are addressed.

DSC 651 Management of Lower Extremity Disorders – 4 credits
This course integrates manual therapy and exercise intervention techniques in the management of individuals with lower extremities musculoskeletal disorders. The course includes discussion of radiology rules for acute lower extremity injuries as well as diagnostic information for systemic and vascular disorders affecting the lower extremities. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 652 TA Teaching Practicum 1 – Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders – 1 credit
In this course, students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6510 Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders. Under faculty oversight, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 653 Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders – 4 credits
This course integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with cervical-thoracic spine and ribcage disorders. It includes the application of diagnostic imaging as a component of the diagnostic process. Classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice are included. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 654 TA Teaching Practicum 2 – Management of Lower Extremity Disorders – 1 credit            
In this course, students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6520 Management of Lower Extremity Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 655 Management of Upper Extremity Disorders – 4 credits
This course integrates manipulative intervention techniques in the management of individuals with upper extremity disorders and dysfunction. Classification systems and outcomes assessment tools, within the framework of evidence-based practice, are included. Diagnostic information for the medical screening of systemic and vascular disorders is discussed. An intensive laboratory weekend is included.

DSC 656 TA Teaching Practicum 3 – Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders – 1 credit
In this course students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6530 Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 658 TA Teaching Practicum 4 – Management of Upper Extremity Disorders – 1 credit
In this course, students function as teaching assistants for students enrolled in ORPT 6540 Management of Upper Extremity Disorders. Under faculty guidance, students participate in course oversight, instruction, student evaluation and mentorship.

DSC 660 WI Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 661 WI Management of Lower Extremity Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging rules for acute lower extremity injuries are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 663 WI Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into the clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 665 WI Management of Upper Extremity Disorders – 1 credit              
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development to effectively integrate manual physical therapy examination and intervention techniques into clinical management. Classification systems, outcomes assessment tools, and the application of diagnostic imaging are discussed as components of the diagnostic process within the framework of evidence-based practice.

DSC 667 WI Advanced Manual Therapy Technique I – 1 credit      
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the advanced examination/interventions targeting the upper quarter, including mechanical diagnosis and therapy concepts, adverse neural dynamics, mobilization/manipulation techniques, and manual resisted exercise. The class includes discussion on optimizing the patient history, key differentiation testing to use in the physical exam, and strategies to select optimal intervention procedures.

DSC 680 Leadership in Higher Education – 3 credits
This course provides graduates with the skills necessary to be a visionary leader by improving the performance of colleges and universities by using active research to drive continuous improvement, collaborative decision making, and strategic planning. Graduates will address contemporary and future educational issues impacting higher education through the application of effective change theory.

DSC 690 Independent Study I – 1 credit
This course includes the preparation of two up-to-date, well-researched, evidence-focused presentations on pre-approved topics. These presentations must be: 1) recorded for posting in an open access forum, 2) presented live at weekend intensive or other approved post-professional continuing education course, 3) presented to a multi-disciplinary audience, 4) presented to a direct consumer audience, or 5) presented to another pre-approved audience.

DSC 728 Fellowship Scholarly Project – 1 credit
This course requires the student to complete a patient case report or case series, as well as a poster presentation and oral presentation of the case.

DSC 752 Biostatistics 1 – 3 credits
This course will provide a foundation for understanding biostatistics and basic proficiency with running basic biostatistical models. The course will cover such topics as simple descriptive statistics, basic probability concepts, probability distributions, sampling distributions, t-tests, and confidence intervals.

 DSC 753 Biostatistics 2 – 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to build upon the topics of Biostatistics 1. This course will cover such topics as correlation, analysis of covariance, post-hoc testing, factorial designs, simple linear regression, and reliability analyses. Students will present doctoral research questions, hypotheses, methods, and data analysis plans for critique and discussion.

DSC 767 Fellowship Virtual Rounds – 6 credits
This course focuses on advanced clinical decision-making regarding clinical care in a collaborative virtual environment. Synchronous live virtual case tutorial sessions are typically conducted in the evenings (usually 4 sessions monthly) for approximately 2-3 hours. This course includes one lab intensive weekend for students.

DSC 767 WI Advanced Manual Therapy Technique II – 1 credit
This weekend intensive lab focuses on the advanced examination/interventions targeting the lower quarter, including mechanical diagnosis and therapy concepts, adverse neural dynamics, mobilization/manipulation techniques, and manual resisted exercise. The course includes discussion on optimizing the patient history, key differentiation testing to use in the physical exam, and strategies to select optimal intervention procedures.

DSC 769 Fellowship Mentored Clinical Practice – 6 credits
This Clinical Practicum is an advanced clinical practice experience in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in which students are mentored in both live 1:1 clinical practice hours and orthopaedic manual physical therapy clinical practice hours based on current American Physical Therapy Association requirements. Emphasis is placed on advanced clinical decision-making, outcomes evaluation and autonomous patient management.

DSC 790 Independent Study II – 1 credit
This independent study course includes the completion of self-paced coursework focused on the foundations of manual physical therapy practice and the standardized manual physical therapy examination. Enrollment in this course starts upon entering the fellowship program and is completed once the student has successfully completed all learning modules included in this course.

DSC 799 Fellowship Program Capstone Examinations – Capstone credit
This capstone course consists of the final examination process. Students complete a final comprehensive written examination that focuses on medical screening, clinical reasoning, decision-making, and the application of manual physical therapy concepts. Students complete 4 regional technique examinations to demonstrate mastery of selected manual physical therapy interventions. Finally, 2 live patient examinations are completed, one with a spinal/axial focus and another with a peripheral/appendicular focus.

DSC 800 Curriculum Development – 3 credits
This course is an examination of the theoretical constructs of curriculum. An understanding of the development and implementation of curriculum will be explored by examining the philosophical and theoretical perspectives. An in-depth analysis of design models will be conducted and applied to the assessment of learner outcomes. Development of curriculum will systemically address technology integration, evidenced-based practices, innovative and collaborative learning experiences, and the impact of social, political, psychological, and economic factors.

DSC 810 Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation – 3 credits
This course is an exploration of principles and methods of effective program evaluation including planning, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and reporting. Students will develop and evaluate formative and summative assessments of simple and complex student knowledge, beliefs, and/or attitudes aligned with classroom activities associated with a subject-matter domain and a particular target audience. Students will learn how to design assessments that are carefully aligned with educational objectives.

DSC 901 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project I – 2 credits
This course will provide a foundation for the principles of evidence-based practice and research design so that the student may immediately integrate scientific knowledge with practice and complete a clinically relevant research proposal. This course is the first phase of the doctoral project and is designed to prepare doctoral students to develop and defend a research project.

DSC 902 Research and Methodologies and Doctoral Project II – 2 credits
This course will familiarize students with the steps required to successfully complete a systematic review. This process will set the standard for appraising and evaluating scientific literature. Students will also continue to work on their group research project.

DSC 903 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project III – 2 credits
This course is the third phase of the major capstone research and writing project designed to demonstrate program mastery and to make an original contribution to the professional field. Students will complete a systematic review and continue working on their group research project.

DSC 904 Research Methodologies and Doctoral Project IV – 2 credits
This course will be largely project-dependent but will include data preparation and cleaning, data analysis, and creation of a manuscript draft. Students will analyze their research data and write the draft of their doctoral project.

DSC 905 Research  Methodologies and Doctoral Project V – 2 credits
The goal of this course is to finalize the research project, have a finalized draft that can be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and independently defend a presentation of their research before a scientific panel. Students will also learn about methods to disseminate research findings, to include modern forms of press release and social media.

Program Goals and Outcomes

DScPT Program Goals

  • Develop clinical scientists with the ability to complete advanced clinical-based research, advancing the profession of physical therapy.
  • Develop educational leaders who excel at mentoring, instilling professional values, and serving as a role model to their colleagues and students.

DScPT Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is able to:

  • Advance the science of physical therapy through the use of translational research to improve patient outcomes and healthcare systems.
  • Serve as a practice leader in the design, direction, and evaluation of systems to advance evidence-based practice.
  • Apply transformative leadership skills to influence health policy designed to advance the profession and improve outcomes through the advancement of cost effective, evidence-based care.
  • Demonstrate competence in teaching through curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, incorporating sound pedagogical and andragological principles.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills required to present and publish scholarly work.
  • Collaborate intra and interprofessionally to address complex practice, system, and policy issues.
Admission Requirements

View the admission requirements for the DScPT program. 

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Transfer Credits 

Students who have completed or in the process of completing an American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education  (ABPTRFE) approved fellowship program can request an evaluation to indicate accepted courses and credits as transferable to satisfy Bellin College DScPT requirements. 

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition charges listed are for planning purposes only and are subject to change. Tuition and Fees Schedules are updated and published annually. 

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Course Delivery Method

While the fellowship component of the DScPT program requires onsite lab coursework, weekend intensives and clinical mentorship hours (see the OMPT Fellowship Program description for more details), the DScPT courses are delivered pre-dominantly within an online learning environment.  Delivery of the online learning content may occur through a blend of face-to-face activities, or asynchronous means. 

Faculty

Julie Whitman, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Program Director

Dan Rhon, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Research Director

Assistant Research Director To Be Announced Soon

Jonathon Weiss, PT, DPT, GCS
Program Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Are transfer credits accepted?

Individuals who have completed the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) Fellowship Program in 2018 or prior through Evidence in MotionTM may transfer credits to the Bellin College DSc in PT program.  Individuals who have graduated from other credentialed OMPT Fellowship programs may be eligible for transfer credits toward completion of the DSc in PT based on a portfolio review. Refer to the “Transfer of Credits” section for further details.

Can I complete the DSc in PT without completing the Fellowship?

No, at this time an OMPT Fellowship serves as the clinical core content of our DSc program.

Is financial aid available?

Students who are completing the DSc degree may be eligible for federal financial loans, as well as private educational loans.  Bellin College DSc students are not eligible for Wisconsin Student Aid.

Am I able to utilize my Federal Veteran’s Administration (VA) Benefits?

Yes, contact Bellin College’s school certifying official, Mary Jo Moore at (920) 433-6640, maryjo.moore@bellincollege.edu or view the Bellin College veteran’s information page.

What sort of payment plans are available?

A $500 tuition deposit is due with return of the student acceptance contract which is credited toward tuition.  Individual payment plans may be developed in conjunction with the Bellin College Bursar.  For more information contact Mary Jo Moore, Bursar, maryjomoore@bellincollege.edu or (920) 433-6640.

How long will it take me to complete the DSc degree?

The prerequisite Bellin College Fellowship typically takes 24-36 months to complete, although Fellows in Training have 4 years (48 months) of enrollment to complete the program.  Exceptions to the time frame may be made by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis, with a firm limit of 60 months due to APTA/ABPTRFE guidelines.  Depending on the student’s chosen research agenda, the DSc-specific component should take an additional 24 to 36 months to complete, with a 5-year (60 months) maximum.

What is the difference between a PhD and a DSc?

Generally, the PhD and DSc degree are considered equivalent degrees, with the main difference being the specific field of study.  The PhD may pertain to any chosen field, while the DSc is restricted to the fields of science and engineering.  Typically, research in a PhD program tends to be based in foundational science, while DSc research agendas may have stronger applications to clinical practice.  The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) considers the DSc a terminal academic degree and helps entry level PT programs meet the requirement of 50% of core faculty needing to hold a terminal academic degree.

Typically, in the PT profession, the DSc is a qualified degree for holding ranked faculty academic positions, and provides strong educational preparation for conducting and disseminating research and for entry into academics.  Additionally, a person with a DSc degree should be competitive for grant funding.  Note that, in the PT profession, it is commonly believed that high-dollar grant funding from large organizations, such as the NIH, are preferentially given to those with PhD degrees over DSc degrees.  However, strong research track records can work to combat this potential bias.

Is the DSc in PT degree accredited?

Yes, the DSc program at Bellin College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission(TM).

Questions?

Please contact Bellin College Admissions at Admissions@bellincollege.edu,
(920) 433-6650, or use our online contact form.

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