Dr. John R. Krauss, Professor
The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is designed to offer advanced, graduate-level courses in orthopedics to physical therapists interested in developing clinical specialty skills. This educational program provides advanced theoretical and clinical training, emphasizing differential diagnosis and manual therapy procedures.
Students enrolled in the program will participate in 18 credits of coursework including orthopedic theory, techniques and clinical internship training. All of the required courses that comprise this graduate certificate can be applied to the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program is offered as a part-time course of study accommodating the needs of working professionals. The length of study for this part-time program is two years, with courses being offered primarily on a weekend and evening basis. The clinical training entails clinical training at an approved clinical site.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Applicants are admitted Fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B).
- Professional vitae or resume
- One-page narrative goal statement outlining academic and professional goals
- Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who do not have a license upon admission will be considered for admission with limited standing. Proof of licensure is required to register for courses with clinical hours.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.
Students who are considering applying to the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy may contact the academic adviser for the School of Health Sciences to review prerequisite courses and application requirements. Upon acceptance to the program, students are assigned a faculty adviser.