Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) continue to develop post professionally along-side Physical Therapists in the treatment of patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions. As the demands to make meaningful gains for patients continue to increase, so are the demands for PTAs to work alongside PTs. The Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist Assistant (OMPTA) Program is designed to provide PTAs with comprehensive, practical, and evidence-affirmed manual therapy education that is accessible from anywhere. Nxt Gen Institute blends the best-available evidence in orthopedic physical therapy education with relevant clinical experiences from expert clinical faculty. This program is meant to expand on a PTAs base knowledge of orthopedics into the specialty practice of manual therapy from both orthopedic PTAs and FAAOMPT faculty. The ideal candidate for this program is a PTA who wants to work or already works in an environment with a “hands-on” approach for the very best clinical outcomes.

Program Details

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Program Director:  Sean Bagbey, PTA, OPTA

Faculty:  Dr. Heather Jennings, Dr. Jason Smith, Erin Hoffman

Target Audience: Physical Therapist Assistants

Cost:  $1750.  Flexible payment plans are available.

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

We are now accepting applications for the April 2023 cohort.   The deadline for these applications is:  03/15/2023.


  • Candidates must possess a minimum of 2 years of outpatient clinical experience; OR
  • Graduated from the Orthopedic Physical Therapist Assistant (OPTA) Program at Nxt Gen Institute

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, OMPTA students will be able to:

  • Use evidence to inform decisions on when and where to apply manual therapy
  • Define manual therapy and licensure restrictions
  • Identify when red and/or yellow flags apply to request a Re-Assessment of a patient
  • Apply manual therapy techniques with the ability to discriminate a test/re-test to determine of a modality was successful
  • Apply pain control theory in a practical way
  • Demonstrate with proficiency the psychomotor skills necessary for successful application of manual therapy to the:
    • cervical/thoracic spine
    • lumbar spine
    • hip/pelvis
    • shoulder
    • elbow/wrist/hand
    • knee/ankle/foot
  • Identify common movement restrictions and the location where local manual techniques would benefit the patient
  • Demonstrate progression of “reinforcement techniques” to maintain gains of manual therapy
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach proper home care for patients to maintain gains achieved through manual therapy techniques

Program Learning Competencies:

  • Ten Unit Quizzes
  • Four Virtual Recorded Assignments
  • A 50 question multiple choice final exam
  • A Virtual Oral/Practical final exam
  • Participation
    • Each participant is required to participate on the discussion boards for successful completion of the program. Failure to demonstrate meaningful participation may result in remediation.

Successful Completion of Program:

  • Successful completion of program is determined as a minimum of 80% on all quizzes, Virtual Recorded Assignments, and Final Exams.
  • Excused Absence:
  • Only with advanced notice and approved by the Program Director is a participant able to receive an extension on a discussion board or completing an assignment past the due date.
  • Failure to meet the minimum requirements may result in remediation or failure to complete the program


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 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 jbrence@nxtgeninstitute.com for more details


Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist Assistant