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.

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Program Details

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Program Director:  Matt Zanis, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

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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 are now being accepted through 12/31/2019.  This program will be starting on 2/1/2020.


  • 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


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