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International Post-professional DPT in Musculoskeletal Management


Length: 12 - 18 months

Summer 2020 Deadline:

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For: PT

With the ongoing advancement of physiotherapy practice across the globe comes increasing clinical roles and responsibilities. Internationally, some recent changes to the physiotherapy scope of practice have included the ability to order diagnostic imaging studies and laboratory analysis. Current entry-to-practice physiotherapy training does not meet the educational requirements for these new competencies.

EIM’s Post-professional DPT provides advanced training to allow physiotherapists to meet these standards and excel in today’s health care environment. EIM’s International Post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Management combines the coursework that physiotherapists need to feel comfortable with the advanced scope of practice and the most up-to-date evidence with a flexible learning experience with 100% of the curricula delivered online.


  • Learn the principles of evidence-based medicine and be able to integrate that knowledge immediately into clinical practice.
  • Be up-to-date in the evidence and corresponding physiotherapy skills needed to care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Incorporate laboratory analysis and X-ray, CT, ultrasound and MRI Imaging studies into clinical practice.
  • Gain skills to confidently and professionally interact with other members of the health care team and provide leadership in the care for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Summer 2020


    • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
    • ORPT 6510 – Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
    • ORPT 6520 – Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
    • ORPT 6530 – Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders
    • ORPT 6540 – Management of Upper Extremity Disorders
    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • ISPI-TPS 6410 – Therapeutic Neuroscience Education (All Online Learning)
    • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles and Responsibilities
    • ORPT 6210 – Post-Surgical Management and Rehabilitation

    Please note that the International Post-professional DPT degree does not qualify international students to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) in the United States. International physiotherapists seeking licensure in the United States will need to apply directly to the state physical therapy board in which they desire to practice. Additionally, the Post-professional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Post-professional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the Post-professional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.

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