IAR offers a part-time Fellowship in Sports and Orthopedic Manual Therapy. IAR is Accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, a division of the American Physical Therapy Association, and recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists as a post-professional fellowship program for physical therapists in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. The entire curriculum is based on the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Description of Advanced Specialty Practice, and is elevated to the application of the athletic and active populations. Upon graduation, clinicians will be prestigiously recognized and credentialed as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT).
The didactic component is a dynamic hybrid-learning model that combines unique opportunities for collaboration with IAR faculty and other students through online workshops and live weekend intensives. The didactic portion provides the clinician 200 hours of advanced clinical knowledge in manual physical therapy as it relates to each body region. It exposes the clinician to all aspects of orthopedics while integrating these aspects into the sports arena. The online portion is conveniently completed wherever the clinician resides. The weekend intensives will integrate the online information into practical application and take the clinician through robust lab periods to increase motor skill acquisition in manual therapy examination and intervention, and advanced exercise prescription. The weekend intensives are offered multiple times throughout the year and are completed in one of our network clinics across various locations. The part - time set up allows sufficient time to increase the clinician's clinical reasoning in the performance of advanced therapeutic examination and intervention techniques under the guidance of experts in the field.
The mentoring portion provides opportunity for the clinician to work one-on-one with expert orthopedic and sports faculty mentors, specifically Fellowship Trained Manual Therapists, in the clinical setting for a total of 150 supervised contact hours. Mentoring is considered to be the most valuable component of the Fellowship because it effectively bridges the gap between the didactic portions and real life situations in the clinic. While there are many forms of mentoring, our program advocates in person and on site experiences between the mentor and student. All mentors must be approved by the IAR faculty to ensure the Fellow in training receives the best experience. Clinical mentoring can be scheduled part-time or full-time at the discretion of the selected clinician. Upon successful completion of the clinical mentoring portion, graduates will possess an incomparable skill set of intervention techniques, clinical reasoning, and patient interaction strategies.
97% graduation rate
67% of graduates enter sports related field
42% of graduates enter faculty mentor / teaching position
35% of graduates enter private practice / cash practice / entrepreneurship
Licensed Physical Therapist in good standing
Graduate of an APTA / ABPTRFE Accredited Orthopedic or Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program
Board Certified Clinical Specialists in Orthopedics and/or Sports
Successful completion of the IAR Certification Program in Sports & Orthopedic Manual Therapy if standards #2 or #3 are not met.
Member of APTA and AAOMPT is highly recommended.
OF1 - Sports Performance in Rehabilitation
OF2 - Advanced Management of the Specialty Athlete
OF3 - Business & Entrepreneurship Concepts in PT
OF4 - Pharmacology / Ergogenics / Orthobiologics / TMD / Imaging
Bi-monthly virtual clinical reasoning sessions with Fellows and IAR Faculty
CM1 - Clinical Management of the Lumbar & SIJ in Orthopedics
CM2 - Clinical Management of the Cervical & Thoracic Spine in Orthopedics
CM3 - Clinical Management of the Lower Extremity in Orthopedics
CM4 - Clinical Management of the Upper Extremity in Orthopedics
ACM1 - Advanced Clinical Management of the Lumbar Spine & SIJ in Sports
ACM2 - Advanced Clinical Management of the Cervical & Thoracic Spine in Sports
ACM3 - Advanced Clinical Management of the Extremities in Sports
ACM4 - Advanced Elective (24 hours required - Select 1)
RDN1 - Regenerative Dry Needling Level 1 (Fellow in Training discount provided)
RRS - Running Rehabilitation Specialist Certification
Comprehensive Management of Sports Related Concussion (Fellow in Training discount provided)
**It is highly recommended that students in the Fellowship complete CM1 - 4 (in any order) PRIOR to completing ACM1 - 4 (in any order).
**Clinicians who transfer into the IAR Fellowship from non- IAR Residency programs must complete Core Concepts (online) in addition to the remaining requirements of the program. Clinicians may also purchase the IAR Residency online courses OR1 - OR7 to enhance the transition and integration into the IAR Fellowship.
Cost per Residency online course is $450
**ACM 1 - 3 courses are available to clinicians as individual CCU courses outside of the requirements of the Fellowship. Cost per course is $975.
ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES:
Final Exam (online)
Final Practical Exam with Mentor
Live Patient Exam - Spine
Live Patient Exam - Extremity
Journal Article Analysis (online)
Advanced Patient Case Scenarios (online/group)
850 hours of patient clinical practice
150 hours of 1:1 mentoring (included in patient clinical practice)
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS:
Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA)
Core Concepts: 12 hrs
Clinical Management 1: 16 hrs
Clinical Management 2: 16 hrs
Clinical Management 3: 16 hrs
Clinical Management 4: 16 hrs
Advanced Clinical Management 1: 16 hrs
Advanced Clinical Management 2: 16 hrs
Advanced Clinical Management 3: 16 hrs
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Provides 30 hours upon official completion of the program.
WEEKEND INTENSIVES SCHEDULES
All weekend intensives are Saturday and Sunday from 8:00a to 5:00pm. All times are subject to change.
CM1 - Clinical Management: Lumbar / SIJ
CM2 - Clinical Management: Cervical / Thoracic
CM3 - Clinical Management: Lower Extremity
CM4 - Clinical Management: Upper Extremity
ACM1 - Advanced Clinical Management: Lumbar/SIJ
ACM2 - Advanced Clinical Management: Cervical/Thoracic
ACM3 - Advanced Clinical Management: Extremities
ACM4 - Advanced Elective
Monthly Payment Plans Available
Annual Program Sequence
Application: Rolling Submission
Start Date: September
Application: Rolling Submissions
Start Date: February
Innovative Therapy Concepts
Barton Creek Plaza 1
3755 S. Capital of TX Hwy
Austin, TX 78704
215 Southside Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
Texas Orthopedic Association
8081 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
4009 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
The CORE Institute
18444 N. 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85023