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PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics


Length: 5 -7 months

Summer 2024 (Online) Deadline:

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For: PTA

Physical Therapist Assistants are an important member of the health care team and play a vital role in bringing the physical therapist’s plan of care to life. EIM’s PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics provides licensed PTAs the opportunity to advance their knowledge and practice in the care of patients suffering orthopaedic-related conditions. Graduates of this certification gain the confidence and skills needed to provide quality, evidence-based care utilizing advanced exercise prescription and pain neuroscience education.


  • Become a highly skilled PTA practitioner with advanced clinical competency in orthopaedic physical therapy.
  • Make evidence-based practice an immediate reality in your clinical practice.
  • Be equipped to incorporate the advanced exercise prescription and modern pain neuroscience education for patients with orthopaedic related conditions.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and psychomotor skills to improve decision-making and outcomes of care.
  • Improve your knowledge of current evidence and begin your preparation for the APTA’s PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) Program.
Not ready to begin the certification? You can get started by taking a course in the core curriculum for CE. View your options here.

    Sara Owens PTA, CAFS, TPS

    PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopedics: Program Director


    Samantha Hohenshell, PTA



    • OPTA 6015 PTA Evidence-based Practice
    • OPTA 6110 PTA MSK Lower Quarter Management
    • OPTA 6120 PTA Special Topics
    • OPTA 6130 PTA MSK Upper Quarter Management
    • OPTA 6140 Advanced Exercise Prescription
    • OPTA 7080WI PTA Orthopaedic Skills Weekend Intensive
      • This course is being offered in person or as a virtual lab. See course page for more details.
    • ISPI-TPS 6410 Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
    • OPTA 7170 PTA Virtual Rounds and Case Presentation
    • OPTA 7081 PTA Certification Comprehensive Exam


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