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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Orthopedic Clinical Residency program?
The Orthopedic Clinical Residency is a one-year program, leading to the Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, which combines clinical courses online, mentoring, and a supervised clinical experience. It is a "fast track" to the Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam.
What is the benefit of doing the Residency program?
The program will enhance the physical therapist's knowledge and expertise. It will qualify the student to sit for the OCS examination, and provide him/her with the skills and knowledge required to pass the exam.
Why choose Touro College?
Touro College is dedicated to your professional growth. The graduate Physical Therapy programs have built a strong reputation through their focus on the orthopedic, manual therapy approach, as exemplified by the Advanced Master's in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. The Touro College Clinical Residency program has been designed to continue this tradition of excellence.
How does the Touro Orthopedic Residency program differ from other residency programs?
The Touro College Orthopedic Residency program is unique in that it is a university-based program that provides expert educators, skilled clinicians who are available for mentoring, and college credit for all coursework. In this program, because of the teaching format of the courses, students can continue their employment during the time of the program. Courses may also be taken at other locations around the country. Finally, residency sites can be identified in the student's local geographic area.
Who is eligible for the Residency program?
A physical therapist with an earned degree from an accredited physical therapy program is eligible for the residency program. The applicant must also possess a current physical therapy license.
How long is the program?
The Orthopedic Residency program is designed to be completed in one year. The program includes a four-week clinical residency . Most students begin in the Fall semester and graduate by the end of the following summer. However, if the candidate anticipates being unable to complete the program in this time-frame, coursework can be tailored to meet specific needs. Schedules may be altered on an individual basis to comply with each student's time constraints, and the program may be completed over a two- to three-year period.
Who are the regular faculty and mentors?
Clinical courses are presented condensed into two 2- week modules taught by eminent national and international experts in their fields. In addition, some courses are available at locations across the country in partnership with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and the Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions Institute (IMTS).
What is the nature of the clinical experience?
The clinical experience involves clinical mentoring as well as a clinical residency. Clinical mentoring is done in a distance-learning format. During this experience, you will be able to continue in your present employment. At the completion of the required coursework, each student is assigned to a supervised clinical residency that involves 150 hours of guided clinical practice with expert clinicians at facilities throughout the country.
What is the process of placement for the clinical residency?
A joint decision is arrived at by the applicant, the OPTR department, and the clinic, based on availability and the interest of each individual student. An academic mentor, who is an Orthopedic Fellow in American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT) and has an OCS, is assigned to work with each student, providing the supervision and guidance needed for the most worthwhile experience possible.
Will coursework count toward my CEU requirements?
Yes. Touro College is approved by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to provide mandatory CEU credits, in addition to regular collegiate-level grades.
How can I apply?
Applicants apply online through the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RFPTCAS) by visiting https://portal.rfptcas.org
What is the tuition?
The tuition is $700 per credit for the 15-credit program, a total of $10,500.