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 partnered with Dr. Matthew Zanis, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, who developed this 20 unit, web-based specialty program to cover all of the major topics within Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
Program Director: Matt Zanis, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Target Audience: Physical Therapists
Application Deadline: All applicants for OPTA must first apply through this link and upon acceptance, will complete the purchase of this program. Applications are now being accepted through 12/1/2018. This program will be starting in February 2019.
- Must hold a state license to practice as a Physical Therapist Assitant
- Must be employed and have diverse mix of patients
- Must have a computer and good internet connection
This 10-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