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The MDT Program of Certification consists of comprehensive post-grad course work to best prepare the clinician for the Credentialing Examination – the primary level of MDT Certification.

Upon certification, providers become part of a patient referral network and will be required to maintain MDT Certification Continuing Education standards (CCES Policy Details).

After the course, enhance your learning with our Clinical Integration Webinars and connect with McKenzie thought leaders and other clinicians in our MDT Forum.

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Part A – MDT: Lumbar Spine

An introduction to the concepts and applications of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) focusing on the lumbar spine. Principle format is lecture, discussion and live patient demonstrations.

Course Outline includes:

  • Epidemiology and predisposing factors
  • Chemical vs. mechanical pain
  • Examination and treatment: postural, dysfunction and derangement syndromes
  • Anatomy and biomechanics: the intervertebral disc
  • Prophylaxis and contraindications
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Instructional Level: Basic
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

The course begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video, but still participate in the live course that is so integral to the McKenzie educational programming.

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part A curriculum:

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Course Format Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$650, Audit (Retake): $325

Part A Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Take the free online Overview Course
  • Read the textbook, THE LUMBAR SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP by calling 1-800-367-7393 or visiting their website at www.optp.com.

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Upcoming Part A Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Jul 20 – 22, 2018 Part A Berlin, VT Greene 5
Jul 27 – 29, 2018 Part A New York, NY Herbowy / Oswald full
Jul 27 – 29, 2018 Part A St. Louis, MO Chase 8
Aug 17 – 19, 2018 Part A Raleigh, NC McClenahan 8
Aug 17 – 19, 2018 Part A Portland, OR Oliver / Kidd full

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Part B – MDT: Cervical and Thoracic Spine

This course examines how McKenzie MDT applies to the cervical and thoracic spines, utilizing the same teaching format as Part A and also begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course.

Course Outline includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biomechanics of the cervical spine
  • Subjective / objective assessment
  • Review and treatment of the three syndromes
  • Cervical headache and trauma ('whiplash')
  • Complications, contraindications and outcome predictors
  • Thoracic spine: anatomy, pathology, examination and treatment
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and C
Instructional Level:
Intermediate
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part B curriculum:

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Continental breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$650, Audit (Retake): $325

Part B Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Part A materials, especially Modules 3-4, as the Part B manual refers back to it on occasion
  • Read the textbook, THE CERVICAL AND THORACIC SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP by calling 1-800-367-7393 or visiting their website at www.optp.com.

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Upcoming Part B Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Aug 10 – 12, 2018 Part B Cleveland, OH Weinberg 5
Aug 24 – 26, 2018 Part B Buffalo, NY Dykes 12
Sep 7 – 9, 2018 Part B Huntington, WV Murray 34
Sep 14 – 16, 2018 Part B Troy, NY McClenahan 34
Sep 14 – 16, 2018 Part B Kalamazoo, MI Suprun 24

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Part C – MDT: Advanced Lumbar Spine and Extremities – Lower Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the lumbar spine and an introduction for the lower limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to this phase in the curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Centralization of pain and recovery of function
  • Exercises not taken far enough vs. inadequate time for reduction
  • Patient instructions and exercises performed 'actively'
  • Extension and flexion principles
  • Extension in the presence of a lateral shift
  • Adherent nerve root, sacroiliac and hip joints
  • Technique practice and clinician confidence
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and B
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part C curriculum:

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format Time
Thursday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$690, Audit (Retake): $345

Part C Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A and B materials
  • Read the textbook HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you

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Upcoming Part C Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Aug 2 – 5, 2018 Part C Buffalo, NY Greene 6
Aug 9 – 12, 2018 Part C Portland, OR Herbowy 8
Aug 23 – 26, 2018 Part C Mercerville, NJ Suprun 16
Sep 13 – 16, 2018 Part C Houston, TX Herbowy 14
Sep 27 – 30, 2018 Part C Overland Park, KS Oliver 24

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Part D – MDT: Advanced Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Extremities - Upper Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the cervical and thoracic spine and an introduction for the upper limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to Parts A – D curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Establishing correct diagnosis and identifying multiple diagnoses
  • Recognizing appropriate vs. inappropriate changes
  • Progression of forces in treatment
  • Reactivation / functional restoration
  • Patient compliance and reassessment
  • Indications for use of advanced manual therapy techniques
  • Application of advanced clinician techniques

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, B and C*
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

*Some Things to Consider
If you completed Part C prior to 2011 before the extremities were incorporated, we highly recommend:

  • Audit Part C before taking Part D
  • If you proceed to attend this Part D course, read the Human Extremities textbook before the course.

Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to these great resources relevant to Part D curriculum:

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format Time
Thursday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$690, Audit (Retake): $345

Part D Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A, B and C materials
  • Read the textbook, HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you


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Upcoming Part D Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Jul 19 – 22, 2018 Part D Glen Burnie, MD Oliver 5
Jul 27 – 30, 2018 Part D Freehold, NJ** Dykes 5
Aug 9 – 12, 2018 Part D Indianapolis, IN Chase 4
Aug 16 – 19, 2018 Part D Reno/Sparks, NV Body 13
Aug 23 – 26, 2018 Part D Austin, TX Pleva 12

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Advanced MDT: Extremities

This intensive two day course will focus on more advanced principles and practical application through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work.

The goals of this course are to build on prior knowledge gained from the introduction of extremities in Parts C and D to:

  • Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with extremity problems;
  • Distinguish between the McKenzie Syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural, and Other) as applied to the extremities;
  • Provide appropriate management regimens for each of the syndromes;
  • Identify when force progressions and force alternatives are required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's 'progression of forces' concept;
  • Design and apply appropriate MDT management for patients presenting with extremity symptoms to enable them to achieve their management goals.

Pre-requisite: Part D completion.
To best prepare for the Advanced Extremities course experience, those who completed the curriculum prior to the inclusion of extremities in Parts C and D are highly encouraged to audit C/D courses or read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, before attending.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule:click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days; 14 contact hours
Continental Breakfast Served Daily:
Day 1 - 7:30-8:00am
Day 2 - 7:15-7:30am

Course Format Time
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 7:30am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$400, Audit (Retake): $300

Advanced Extremities Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

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Upcoming Advanced MDT: Extremities Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Sep 29 – 30, 2018 Adv Extremities Miami Beach, FL Dykes 34
Oct 27 – 28, 2018 Adv Extremities Elmhurst, IL Herbowy 31
Dec 8 – 9, 2018 Adv Extremities Mercerville, NJ Dykes 35

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Advanced MDT: Clinical Decision Making

This advanced level course, formerly known as Clinical Skills Update (CSU), focuses heavily on intensive clinical reasoning and problem solving through a high volume of patient demonstrations and case study analysis involving all regions of the spine as well as the extremities. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives that will refine your own abilities in applying the principles and application of the MDT classification and treatment system to continuously improve patient management and outcomes.

With two instructors, the opportunity for one-on-one tutelage is significantly greater.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills to:

    1. Through discussion and quiz responses, demonstrate expanded knowledge base of MDT principles, evaluation, and clinical reasoning and treatment interventions.
    2. Through live patient presentation and lab activities, demonstrate accuracy in eliciting, recording and analyzing the history of patients presenting with spinal or extremity musculoskeletal problems and use this information to determine relevant and pertinent information to rule out serious pathology and guide the examination process.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to competently perform relevant tests and measures identifying and using the most applicable symptomatic, mechanical and functional baselines to guide clinical reasoning.
    4. Use clinical reasoning to synthesize history and examination findings to classify patients' conditions using proper MDT terminology.
    5. Based on an expanded knowledge base of MDT and patient classification, develop a plan of care with appropriate loading strategies, education and self-management strategies.
    6. Enhance patient education strategies related to pain and MDT by encompassing biopsycho-social factors and patient empowering strategies.
    7. Competently perform four common clinician generated procedures.

Pre-requisite:
Completion of Parts A, B, C and D (This course is not a requirement to sit the Credentialing Examination.)
Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days, 14 contact hours
Continental Breakfast Served Daily:
Day 1 - 7:30-8:00am
Day 2 - 7:15-7:30am

Course Format Time
Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 7:30am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$450, Audit(Retake): Not Applicable

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Upcoming Adv MDT: Clinical Decision Making Schedule
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Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open
Aug 25 – 26, 2018 Clinical Decision Making Tallahassee, FL** Miller / Medcalf 2
Oct 20 – 21, 2018 Clinical Decision Making Somerville, NJ Miller / Herbowy 36
Nov 3 – 4, 2018 Clinical Decision Making Indianapolis, IN Greene / Aytona 29

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Advanced MDT: Fine Tuning Clinician Procedures

This 14-hour advanced level course consisting of lecture presentations, practical demonstrations and supervised practice is open to Credentialed Clinicians and those who have completed Parts A to D of the McKenzie MDT Education Programme. Clinicians who have had experience using MDT for spinal disorders will find the course most beneficial.

Participants will further develop the concepts of MDT clinical decision making and critical thinking regarding the application of clinician procedures. Analysis of the literature in regards to mobilisation and manipulation and the indications and contraindications to manipulation will be discussed. Supervised practical sessions will promote the development of psychomotor skill in the application of MDT clinician procedures including manipulation.

Two McKenzie Institute faculty who are also FAAOMPT, as well as lab assistant support, will significantly increase one-on-one attention in the practical sessions.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with the knowledge and ability to:

    1. Analyze the MDT classifications and discuss where clinician procedures may be utilized in their management.
    2. Discuss the MDT Progression of Forces concept and where clinician procedures are utilized.
    3. Analyze the indications and contraindications for manipulations within MDT principles of force progression.
    4. Discuss the theory of force progression.
    5. Discuss the current evidence for the use of mobilisation and manipulation.
    6. Discuss the literature relating to cervical spine stability and become competent in assessing for signs and symptoms.
    7. Discuss the literature relating to clinicial testing of the vertebral artery.
    8. Discuss the theory of learning psychomotor skills.
    9. Understand the principles of and apply proper body positioning/postures, line of drive and manual contact during the performance of MDT clinician procedures.
    10. Developer psychomotor skills required for assessing pre-manipulative end-feel in conjunction with symptom response.
    11. Develop appropriate low amplitude velocity thrust techniques required for manipulation.
    12. Demonstrate competent performance of MDT clinician procedures including mobilisation and manipulation.
    13. Analyze and perform commonly used variations of the basic MDT clinician procedures.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

**2018 Pilot Course: Due to professional association recommendations, this course has been restricted to CCES compliant, actively practicing Cert/Dip Physical Therapists only.**

**Limited seats available.**

Total Course: 14 hours
Pilot Course Timeline: 3 days

**Pilot Course Only: Limited CE Credit Availability. Email Marissa DeVaul for more details.**

Course Format Time
Friday 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 12:15pm

Course Fee:
$450, Audit (Retake): Not Applicable

Course Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities

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