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certified orthopedic manual therapist program

Grow forward with Highbar

Enhance your career with the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist Program

Grow your clinical knowledge and reasoning skills to become an expert in orthopedic physical therapy.

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Participants earn a full salary and have no tuition costs

Get Ahead

Evidence-based post-professional education on the management of a wide range of orthopedic conditions


Receive instruction by a group of Board-certified orthopedic physical therapists


Experience a residency-level curriculum at a reduced workload and flexible pace


Participants have access to the OCS prep course to ensure exam success

About the program

What is the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist program?

Elevate your practice with a residency-style program that allows you the flexibility to complete it on your own timeline. We designed this program for the clinician who is seeking advanced post-professional education, but requires a more flexible schedule.

Highbar’s Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist Program is led by a staff of Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists and consists of advanced post-graduate clinical and didactic education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Our program structure

Flexibility to complete the program between 12 and 24 months
Five courses that cover evidence-based assessment and treatment of several conditions
Didactic portion of the program is 100% virtual and self-paced
Multiple laboratory intensives on advanced examination and treatment techniques
Written examination and capstone project
Access to an OCS prep course


What can I expect to gain from this program?

• Earn quality didactic and laboratory learning experiences

• Be prepared to become a specialist in the field of
 orthopedic physical therapy

• You will be prepared for board certification in orthopedics

• Be prepared as an outstanding mentor and leader in your clinic

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Kayleigh Melroy PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Kevin Alexander PT, DPT, OCS
Clinic Director
Dr. Mike Glassman DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Brendan Boyle DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Mara Hochman PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Bobby Dattilo PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist, Residency Director

Course timeline

Important Dates

Applications open now for 2024!

January 2023              
Program start date

February 25-26                      
Lumbopelvic Lab

April 22-23                      
Cervicothoracic Lab

July 29-30                      
Upper Extremity Lab

September 23-24                      
Lower Extremity Lab


Designed for flexibility

Our Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist program is designed for the clinician who seeks post-professional education but is unable to commit to the structure and timeline of the Highbar Orthopedic Residency Program. Our combination of virtual and in-person teachings from Board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists makes this program unique. Upon successful completion of the program, the participants will receive the designation of COMT and gain access to the OCS prep course.


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