Orthopedic Specialization for PTA


With a shift in payment models that focus on outcomes, it’s expected that many physical therapy businesses will seek highly-qualified and educated professionals to comply with new standards.   At the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy, we envision the PTA to be a major driver towards this success.  We have developed this 20 unit, web-based specialty program to cover all of the major topics within Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Download the 2020 Winter/Spring Program Syllabus

Program Details

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Program Director:  Erin Hoffman, PTA, OPTA

Faculty:  Dr. Heather Jennings, Dr. Jason Smith, Sean Bagbey

Target Audience: Physical Therapist Assistants

Application Deadline:  All applicants for OPTA must first apply through this link and upon acceptance, will complete the purchase of this program.

Applications for the February 2020 cohort are now closed.

We are now being accepting applications for a June 2020 cohort.   The deadline for these applications is:  4/15/2020.  This program will be starting on 6/1/2020.


  • Must hold a state license to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Must be employed and have diverse mix of patients
  • Must have a computer and good internet connection


This 9-month curriculum focuses on blending content on basic sciences, orthopedics and functional movement.   Below are details on the required courses within the program:

  • 101:  Understanding Orthopedics
    • 101a: Basic Sciences
    • 101b: Current Concepts of Orthopedics
    • 101c: Post-Operative Orthopedics
  • 107:  OPTA Functional Movement


Weekly participation in online discussion is required within the curriculum.  This is conducted through Microsoft Office 365.


Our programs are built upon a learning management system which is located directly within Microsoft Office 365.  All technology fees are included within tuition costs.  You will receive 1-year access to Office 365, starting from your start date.


There is currently no accreditation body for post-graduate PTA programs.  This curriculum has been approved by FSBPT Pro-Cert.


Contact us via our contact form or email [email protected] for more details