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Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification


Length: 6 months

Winter 2022 Deadline:

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DPT Add-On Available

For: PT, PTA, OT, OTA, MD, DO, RN, NP, PA, Psych,
Other licensed health care providers

In Collaboration with Purdue University

EIM’s Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification is the premier pain certification for licensed health care providers, brought to you in partnership with Purdue University.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. increased six-fold from 1999 to 2017, with more than 400,000 opioid-related deaths since 1999. The Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification curriculum covers treatments such as pain neuroscience education, graded motor imagery, pacing, graded exposure and more.

TPS is an interdisciplinary pain certification, open to various licensed health care providers, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and others. Our six-month certification is designed for working professionals who want to advance their career and improve patient outcomes, but who need flexibility to work around their professional and personal responsibilities. All coursework is completed online and features didactic and collaborative experiences.


  • Become a certified, highly skilled, autonomous practitioner with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Make evidence-based practice an immediate reality in your clinical practice.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and psychomotor skills to improve decision-making and outcomes of care.
  • Improve your knowledge of current evidence related to pain neuroscience.

Need accommodations?

This program features virtual labs in the coursework. Learn more about the virtual lab experience here.


    Scott Newberry



    Brett Neilson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, TPS

    Program Director


    Alyson Ellis

    Clinic Director, TexPTS


    • ISPI-TPS 6151A – Neurodynamics I
    • ISPI-TPS 6152 – Graded Motor Imagery
    • ISPI-TPS 6151B – Neurodynamics II
    • ISPI-TPS 6154 – Everything Hurts
    • ISPI-TPS 6156 – Business of Chronic Pain
    • ISPI-TPS 6155 – Perioperative Neuroscience Education
    • ISPI-TPS 6157 – Clinical Decision Making for Patients with Pain
    • ISPI-TPS 7180 – TPS Capstone Exam
  • Post-professional DPT can be added to the Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification for an additional $6,000 in tuition and the below coursework:

    Core Course Work

    • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
    • ORPT 6510 – Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
    • ORPT 6530 – Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders

    Topic Courses

    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles and Responsibilities

    Please note  that 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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