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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Orthopedic Clinical Residency program?
The Orthopedic Clinical Residency is a two-year program, leading to the Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, which combines clinical courses online, mentoring, and a supervised clinical experience. It is a guided track to the Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) exam, with a complimentary preparation course for the OCS exam.
What is the benefit of doing the Residency program?
=The program will enhance the physical therapist's knowledge, clinical reasoning and help refine manual skills. 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 offers discount opportunities for alumni and clinic who participate in the entry-level clinical education program.
How does the Touro Orthopedic Residency program differ from other residency programs?
The Touro College Orthopedic Residency program is unique and differs from other program in the following ways:
  • It is a part-time university-based program that allows the resident to work in the facility of their choice while they complete their education.
  • OPTR program has an Academic Resident Mentor who will do site visit at the place of employment to observe and mentor the resident while they treat their patients.
  • The resident will award 18 graduate credits at the completion of the program.
  • The resident will be offered a complimentary on-line preparation course for the OCS exam.
  • Touro College is Sabbath observant.
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 and be employed by the start of the courses.
How long is the program?
The Orthopedic Residency program is designed to be completed in either 1 year (fast track) or 2 years. The program includes a 180 hour part time clinical residency. Students begin in the Fall semester and graduate either one or 2 years later. 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 three-year period.
Who are the regular faculty and mentors?
  • Clinical courses are taught by national and international experts in the field of orthopedics. In addition, the OPTR program is in partnership with the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and the Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions Institute (IMTS) utilizes their expert faculty for some of our courses.
  • The mentors for the OPTR program are master clinicians who hold an OCS and are working at facilities selected for the clinical residency course. The complete list can be found on our website.
What is the nature of the clinical experience?
  • Clinical mentoring is done in a distance-learning format through 2 courses which focus on examination of research as it relates to the standard of care for Orthopedic Physical therapy. During this experience, the resident is able to continue in your present employment. In addition, the Clinical Director of Education visits each resident at their place of employment to observe and discuss patient treatments.
  • At the completion of the required coursework, each student is assigned to a supervised clinical residency that involves 180 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 facility based on availability and the interest of each individual student. The Program Director, works closely with each resident, to provide 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?
The application to the residency is provided through RF-PTCAS. A link to that site is available on this website
What is the tuition?
The tuition is $770 per credit for the 18 credit program. A registration fee of $100 is also required each semester.