Courses

The MDT Program of Certification consists of comprehensive post-grad course work to best prepare the clinician for the Credentialing Examination – the primary level of MDT Certification.

Upon certification, providers become part of a patient referral network and will be required to maintain MDT Certification Continuing Education standards (CCES Policy Details).

Part A – MDT: Lumbar Spine

 

An introduction to the concepts and applications of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) focusing on the lumbar spine. Principle format is lecture, discussion and live patient demonstrations.

Course Outline includes:

  • Epidemiology and predisposing factors
  • Chemical vs. mechanical pain
  • Examination and treatment: postural, dysfunction and derangement syndromes
  • Anatomy and biomechanics: the intervertebral disc
  • Prophylaxis and contraindications
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Instructional Level: Basic
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

The course begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course. The online component allows you to work at your own convenience and learn from an interactive blend of visuals, audio and video, but still participate in the live course that is so integral to the McKenzie educational programming. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to videos of MDT Procedures relevant to Part A curriculum.

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Continental breakfast everyday: 7:30-8am

Course Format
Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$650, Audit (Retake): $325

Part A Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Take the free online Overview Course
  • Read the textbook, THE LUMBAR SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP by calling 1-800-367-7393 or visiting their website at www.optp.com.

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Upcoming Part A Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Oct 3 – 5, 2014 Part A Atlanta, GA Medcalf full Wait List
Details Oct 3 – 5, 2014 Part A Stafford, VA** Aytona 5 Register
Details Oct 10 – 12, 2014 Part A Seattle, WA Body 4 Register
Details Oct 25 – 27, 2014 Part A Freehold, NJ** Aytona full Wait List
Details Nov 7 – 9, 2014 Part A Shawnee, KS Weinberg 15 Register

Part B – MDT: Cervical and Thoracic Spine

This course examines how McKenzie MDT applies to the cervical and thoracic spines, utilizing the same teaching format as Part A and also begins with a comprehensive online session, followed by a three-day live course. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to this phase in the curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Pathophysiology and biomechanics of the cervical spine
  • Subjective / objective assessment
  • Review and treatment of the three syndromes
  • Cervical headache and trauma ('whiplash')
  • Complications, contraindications and outcome predictors
  • Thoracic spine: anatomy, pathology, examination and treatment
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and C
Instructional Level:
Intermediate
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Total Course: 26 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 3 days

Continental breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format
Time
Online Prerequisite Details Quick Access
Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:15pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$650, Audit (Retake): $325

Part B Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Part A materials, especially Modules 3-4, as the Part B manual refers back to it on occasion
  • Read the textbook, THE CERVICAL AND THORACIC SPINE: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. You can purchase this text through OPTP by calling 1-800-367-7393 or visiting their website at www.optp.com.

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Upcoming Part B Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Oct 3 – 5, 2014 Part B Kalamazoo, MI Murray 3 Register
Details Oct 10 – 12, 2014 Part B St. George, UT Smela 5 Register
Details Oct 17 – 19, 2014 Part B New Orleans, LA Chase 7 Register
Details Nov 7 – 9, 2014 Part B Syracuse, NY Greene 18 Register
Details Nov 14 – 16, 2014 Part B Athens, OH Oliver 8 Register

Part C – MDT: Advanced Lumbar Spine and Extremities – Lower Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the lumbar spine and an introduction for the lower limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to this phase in the curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Centralization of pain and recovery of function
  • Exercises not taken far enough vs. inadequate time for reduction
  • Patient instructions and exercises performed 'actively'
  • Extension and flexion principles
  • Extension in the presence of a lateral shift
  • Adherent nerve root, sacroiliac and hip joints
  • Technique practice and clinician confidence
  • Patient demonstration, analysis and discussion

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, or Parts A and B
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format
Time
Thursday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$690, Audit (Retake): $345

Part C Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A and B materials
  • Read the textbook HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you

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Upcoming Part C Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Nov 20 – 23, 2014 Part C Somerville, NJ Pleva full Wait List
Details Dec 5 – 8, 2014 Part C Kalamazoo, MI** Oliver 15 Register

Part D – MDT: Advanced Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Extremities - Upper Limb

This course focuses on advanced McKenzie MDT principles and practical application for the cervical and thoracic spine and an introduction for the upper limb. Upon completion of the course, you will be given access to additional videos of MDT Procedures relevant to Parts A – D curriculum.

Course Outline includes:

  • Establishing correct diagnosis and identifying multiple diagnoses
  • Recognizing appropriate vs. inappropriate changes
  • Progression of forces in treatment
  • Reactivation / functional restoration
  • Patient compliance and reassessment
  • Indications for use of advanced manual therapy techniques
  • Application of advanced clinician techniques

Pre-requisite: Completion of Part A, B and C*
Instructional Level:
Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

*Some Things to Consider
If you completed Part C prior to 2011 before the extremities were incorporated, we highly recommend:

  • Audit Part C before taking Part D
  • If you proceed to attend this Part D course, read the Human Extremities textbook before the course.

Total Course: 28 hours
Standard Live Course Timeline*: 4 days

Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format
Time
Thursday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Saturday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$690, Audit (Retake): $345

Part D Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Please review your Parts A, B and C materials
  • Read the textbook, HUMAN EXTREMITIES: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Make a list of any areas you still have questions about or that challenge you


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Upcoming Part D Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Oct 2 – 5, 2014 Part D Portland, OR Herbowy full Wait List
Details Oct 16 – 19, 2014 Part D Cleveland, OH Oliver 4 Register
Details Oct 23 – 26, 2014 Part D Middletown, CT Greene full Wait List
Details Oct 25 – 26, 2014 Part D Las Cruces, NM** Herbowy 11 Register
Details Nov 1 – 2, 2014 Part D New York City, NY** Heffner 13 Register

MDT: Advanced Extremities

This intensive two day course will focus on more advanced principles and practical application through clinical reasoning, problem solving, analysis of case studies, assessment and treatment of patients, and technique work.

The goals of this course are to build on prior knowledge gained from the introduction of extremities in Parts C and D to:

  • Appropriately apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with extremity problems;
  • Distinguish between the McKenzie Syndromes (Derangement, Dysfunction, Postural, and Other) as applied to the extremities;
  • Provide appropriate management regimens for each of the syndromes;
  • Identify when force progressions and force alternatives are required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's 'progression of forces' concept;
  • Design and apply appropriate MDT management for patients presenting with extremity symptoms to enable them to achieve their management goals.

Pre-requisite: Part D completion.
To best prepare for the Advanced Extremities course experience, those who completed the curriculum prior to the inclusion of extremities in Parts C and D are highly encouraged to audit C/D courses or read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, before attending.

Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days; 14 contact hours
Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:15-7:45am

Couse Format
Time
Saturday 7:45am - 5:45pm
Sunday 7:45am - 1:30pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fee:
$400, Audit (Retake): $200

Advanced Extremities Course Information and Preparation Suggestions:

  • Bring a pen/pencil and highlighter for note taking
  • Attire is business casual; appropriate for lab that can easily allow you to move and provide exposure to back, trunk or extremities
  • Read the textbook, The Human Extremities: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

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Upcoming Advanced Extremities Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Oct 4 – 5, 2014 Adv Extremities Elmhurst, IL Dykes 3 Register
Details Nov 1 – 2, 2014 Adv Extremities Portland, OR Herbowy 10 Register
Details Nov 8 – 9, 2014 Adv Extremities Austin, TX Oliver 21 Register
Details Dec 6 – 7, 2014 Adv Extremities Winston-Salem, NC Dykes 32 Register

MDT Clinical Skills Update

As its name implies, this course focuses on review and update of the principles and application of the McKenzie theory and techniques of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®. The course will include more intensive clinical reasoning and problem solving through a high volume of patient demonstrations and case study analysis involving all regions of the spine as well as the extremities. Each major subdivision of the course has very specific educational objectives that will reinforce the knowledge and skills which will further refine your own abilities in applying these principles.

With two instructors, the opportunity for one-on-one tutelage is significantly greater.

Following attentive participation and completion, this course will provide participants with advanced knowledge and skills to:

  1. More effectively apply the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to patients with spine or extremity problems.
  2. Further cultivate patient interviewing skills to accurately determine the most efficient examination pathway.
  3. With the more challenging patient, distinguish between the McKenzie syndromes (postural, dysfunction, and derangement) as applied to the spine and extremity problems, and provide appropriate treatment regimens for each of the syndromes and their sub-classifications.
  4. More readily identify when the application of external forces is required for the resolution of symptoms using McKenzie's "progression of forces" concept.
  5. Refine the ability to teach patients to apply the therapeutic processes on their own to maintain treatment goals.

Pre-requisite:
Completion of Parts A, B, C and D (This course is not a requirement to sit the Credentialing Examination.)
Instructional Level: Advanced
Program Goals, Objectives and Schedule: click here
Eligibility and Registration Details: click here

Standard Live Course Timeline*: 2 days, 12 contact hours
Continental Breakfast everyday: 7:30-8:00am

Course Format
Time
Saturday 8:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

*Timelines may vary based on patient scheduling. etc. View the 'Details' online via the Course-Exam Schedule Locator

Course Fees:
$450, Audit(Retake): not applicable

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Upcoming MDT Clinical Skills Schedule

  Dates Type Location Instructor(s) Seats Open  
Details Oct 11 – 12, 2014 Clinical Skills Update Somerville, NJ Greene / Murray full Wait List
Details Nov 15 – 16, 2014 Clinical Skills Update Chicago, IL Greene / Medcalf 14 Register

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