MDT Fellowship Program

The MIUSA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program

The McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program commenced in May 2008 to further the education of physical therapists in MDT/OMPT practice and research in the United States and reaccredited successfully in 2014. The program is a collaborative effort between several educational institutions and health systems including The McKenzie Institute International (MII), APTA, AAOMPT, and physical therapy facilities. With endorsement from Robin McKenzie, the purpose of the McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program is to provide the Fellow candidates advanced training in MDT/OMPT while continuing clinical practice.

Complete Program Details

Pathway to Fellowship

> Complete MII Diploma Theoretical Component (300 hours) through distance learning

> Complete MII Diploma Clinical Residency (360 hours) through MII
Clinical Sites

> Successfully complete MII Diploma Final Examinations

> Attain The McKenzie Institute Diploma in MDT

> Commence OMPT Problem Solving Experience (310 hours) with a FAAOMPT

> Complete Thrust Manipulation Course (24 hours)

> Complete direct 1:1 OMPT Clinical Mentorship experience (130 hours) with a FAAOMPT

> Apply for Fellow status in AAOMPT

The expected average program completion period is two years. The minimum time period to complete the program is eleven months and maximum time is three years from the date of acceptance into the program.


What are the tuition and fees for the program?

Who is eligible to apply for the MDT Fellowship?

What is the application process?

Tuition and Fees

The current tuition and fees are currently listed as follows:

  • MII Diploma Program in the USA
    (Theoretical distance learning and Clinical components)

    See details via link above


  • OMPT Mentorship
    (Problem solving distance learning and clinical components)
    1. $4,000 completed with Fellows of AAOMPT

      Current locations*:
      St. David's PT & Spine Center, Austin, TX
      OMPT Mentor:
      Chris Chase, PT, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT

      Partners in Rehab, West Seneca, NY
      OMPT Mentor:
      Ron Schenk, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT

      Phoenix Physical Therapy Services, Amherst, NY
      OMPT Mentor:
      Laura Favaro, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, Cert. MDT

      Rose Physical Therapy, Williamsville, NY
      OMPT Mentor:
      Terry Rose, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, Cert. MDT

      Craven Physical Therapy and Spine, New Bern, NC
      OMPT Mentor:
      Robert C. Robinson, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT

      *locations subject to change
    2. $615 Thrust Manipulation Course, Daemen College
      Buffalo, NY - 2017 Course Details
      Course fee includes:
      CD-ROM of techniques, full access to Daemen College library facilities

Additional expenses incurred by the candidate for the OMPT Mentorship may or may not include professional liability and health insurance, licensure fees, travel and accommodations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the Fellowship program must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor's degree (BS) in physical therapy
  • Current license and state registration to practice in physical therapy in the United States
  • Satisfactory completion of MDT courses A-D and Advanced Extremities and passing Credentialing Examination
  • Possess OCS or completion of an APTA accredited residency in a related specialty area is preferred
  • Acceptance had been confirmed into the MII Diploma Program in MDT, or applicant already holds the Diploma (Dip. MDT)

    In accordance with ABPTRFE evaluative criteria to meet IFOMPT standards, satisfactory completion of both Diploma component (Phase 1) and OMPT component (Phase 2) must be attained within 36-months.

Application Process

Admission to the MIUSA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program is highly competitive and requires a significant monetary and professional commitment. It is expected that 2-3 applications will be accepted annually.

Application to the MII Diploma Program and MIUSA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program is a two-part process with applications provided successively. (Note: Applicants of the MII Diploma Program are not required to also pursue the Fellowship OMPT mentorship component.)

Candidates first apply through The McKenzie Institute International for acceptance into the MII Diploma Program. To review current MII Diploma Program application procedures, click here.

Upon successful enrollment into the MII Diploma Program or achievement of the Diploma in MDT, the OMPT Mentorship component application may then be submitted to MIUSA. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Program Director, Academic Advisor, and the MIUSA Executive Director.

Applications for the OMPT Mentorship component are accepted annually on a rolling basis. Notification of acceptance will be acknowledged within 60 days of the application submission. The starting date may be deferred into the next calendar year.

In addition to the Diploma application requirements, OMPT Mentorship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Letter of acceptance into the MII Diploma Program
  • At least two letters of recommendation with at least one attesting to the applicant's clinical competence.
  • At least two years clinical experience with at least one year in an orthopaedic physical therapy setting.
  • Having OCS or completion of an APTA accredited residency in a related specialty area.
  • An interview with the Fellowship Program Director will also be required as part of the application.

The applicant will be notified of application status within four weeks of the interview. The Director and applicant will determine a plan for commencement of the OMPT Problem Solving Experience and 1:1 Clinical Mentorship, understanding it will not be before the successful award of the Diploma Certificate.

Fellows-in-Training will be placed in clinical sites for mentorship in order of the date of approved application. As additional sites are established for OMPT clinical mentoring, placements will be considered in order of the date of approved application and various location openings.

Download OMPT Mentorship Application

Complete MDT Fellowship Program Details