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PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics FAQs

January 15, 2022 •

What title will I earn once I successfully complete the program? Can I put OCS after my name?
Following successful completion of the certification, the graduate may add “Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics” under their title. This is in line with APTA recommendations to reduce confusion with titles following professional’s names. Graduates may not use OCS abbreviation. OCS is a designation for PTs who are certified through the ABPTS (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists).

Are there specific supervision requirements to participate in this program?
The certification encourages learners to discuss with colleagues and implement material into current clinical practice. There are no specific supervision requirements to complete this certification. Learners are encouraged to practice within their scope of practice as outlined by their state practice act.

Does this certification meet CE requirements for APTA’s Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP)?
Yes. Learners should direct specific questions regarding the APP to the APTA.

What’s the difference between hybrid and online offerings?
While online learning may include virtual interaction and collaboration with peers and faculty, hybrid learning combines the best of online and hands-on learning, allowing students to cover foundational knowledge and concepts online before on-site weekend intensives where they learn, practice and perfect their hands-on skills.

When do I need to apply for a program?
Program application deadlines vary but most programs offer four cohort starts throughout the year. Please see specific program pages to see which cohorts are offered.

Application deadlines for cohorts are:
Spring Cohort: February 1 (Program starts second Monday in March)
Summer Cohort: June 1 (Program starts second Monday in July)
Fall Cohort: August 1 (Program starts second Monday in September)
Winter Cohort: December 1 (Program starts second Monday in January)

What happens after I submit my application?
After you submit your application, our program team will review the information and determine your acceptance into the program. If more information is needed for admittance, our team will reach out and request the missing information. You will receive an admissions decision within 1-2 business days. Once accepted, our team works with you to set up a plan of study and a payment plan as applicable.

Do you offer payment plans?
Students are responsible for an initial tuition deposit with the return of their student contract. Students may pay the remaining balance in monthly payments. If monthly payments are selected, the student must provide EIM with credit card information. The charges will be automatically charged to that credit card each month, beginning in month one of the program. Tuition is required to be paid in full two months prior to program completion. EIM is happy to accommodate direct billing to sponsoring organizations (e.g. employers) where applicable. If you have questions regarding your payments, please contact EIM’s billing department at (888) 709-7096 or

What’s the difference between my EIM Profile and the EIM Classroom?
EIM Profile (formerly My EIM) is where you can keep track of your program progress and update your information all in one place. Access EIM Profile to see your Plan of Study, update your email, address and more. EIM Classroom (formerly Moodle Classroom or My Learning) is where your courses actually take place. Access EIM Classroom for your coursework, videos, quizzes, and any other course material.

What do I wear to the weekend intensive?
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).

What do I bring to the weekend intensive?
Bring your laptop to be able to access course material, reference research and take your online quiz. The powerpoint slides will be printed out in your lab manual for you to reference and take notes. If you are taking Concussion Management, you will be doing various neurocognitive assessments on your laptop.

How do I ensure I receive communications related to this course?
To ensure you receive all communication about your course, please add to your email contacts or safe senders list.

Which browser should I use for my coursework?
Canvas, our learning platform, supports the current and previous major releases of the following browsers:

Chrome 91 and 93
Firefox 90 and 91 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
Edge 91 and 93
Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
Safari 13 and 14 (Macintosh only)

What is the EIM program refund policy?
EIM recognizes that conditions can occur that may necessitate a withdrawal from the Program. EIM will calculate and provide a refund of a portion of the payment on a per credit hour basis for students who must withdraw. The actual refund amount (if any) will equal the total dollar amount of tuition payments made to EIM that exceed the dollar value of the total per credit hour tuition amount for course(s) accessed. The total per credit hour tuition amount includes the tuition of course(s) partially completed. EIM’s decision to refund assumes that the student or Partner requesting a refund is current on all outstanding payments. Refunds on fees such as participant’s application fees, programming fees, and materials fees will not be provided.

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