MDT Fellowship Program

The MIUSA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Fellowship Program

The McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program commenced in May 2008 to further the education of physical therapists in MDT/OMPT practice and research in the United States and reaccredited successfully in 2014. The program is a collaborative effort between several educational institutions and health systems including The McKenzie Institute International (MII), APTA, AAOMPT, and physical therapy facilities. With endorsement from Robin McKenzie, the purpose of the McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program is to provide the Fellow candidates advanced training in MDT/OMPT while continuing clinical practice.

Complete Program Details

Pathway to Fellowship

> Complete MII Diploma Theoretical Component (300 hours) through distance learning

> Complete MII Diploma Clinical Residency (360 hours) through MII
Clinical Sites

> Successfully complete MII Diploma Final Examinations

> Attain The McKenzie Institute Diploma in MDT

> Commence OMPT Problem Solving Experience (310 hours) with a FAAOMPT

> Complete Thrust Manipulation Course (24 hours)

> Complete direct 1:1 OMPT Clinical Mentorship experience (130 hours) with a FAAOMPT

> Apply for Fellow status in AAOMPT

The expected average program completion period is two years. The minimum time period to complete the program is eleven months and maximum time is three years from the date of acceptance into the program.


What are the tuition and fees for the program?

Who is eligible to apply for the MDT Fellowship?

What is the application process?

Tuition and Fees

The current tuition and fees are currently listed as follows:

  • MII Diploma Program in the USA
    (Theoretical distance learning and Clinical components)

    See details via link above


  • OMPT Mentorship
    (Problem solving distance learning and clinical components)
    1. $4,000 Completed with Fellows of AAOMPT

      Approved Clinical Locations (subject to change):
      New Bern, NC
      West Seneca, NY (Buffalo Area)
      Williamsville, NY (Buffalo Area)
      Portland, OR
      Myerstown, PA
      Austin, TX

    2. $615 Thrust Manipulation Course, Daemen College
      Buffalo, NY - 2018 Course Details
      Course fee includes:
      CD-ROM of techniques, full access to Daemen College library facilities

Additional expenses incurred by the candidate for the OMPT Mentorship may or may not include professional liability and health insurance, licensure fees, travel and accommodations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the Fellowship program must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor's degree (BS) in physical therapy.
  • Current license and state registration to practice in physical therapy in the United States.
  • Satisfactory completion of MDT Parts A-D and the Advanced Extremities post-graduate courses and a pass in the Credentialing Examination.
  • Acceptance has been confirmed into the MII Diploma Program in MDT.
  • Possess OCS or completion of an APTA accredited residency in a related specialty area is preferred.

    In accordance with ABPTRFE evaluative criteria to meet IFOMPT standards, satisfactory completion of both Diploma component (Phase 1) and OMPT component (Phase 2) must be attained within 36-months.

Application Process

Admission to the MIUSA OMPT Fellowship Program is highly competitive and requires a significant monetary and professional commitment. It is expected that a total of 2-3 applications will be accepted annually into the program.

The application is a two-part process with applications provided successively. (Note: Applicants of the MII Diploma Program are not required to also pursue the Fellowship OMPT mentorship component.)

Candidates first apply through The McKenzie Institute International (MII) for acceptance into the MII Diploma Program. The current MII Diploma Program application and application procedures can be found on the MII Website.

Upon notice of successful enrollment into MII Diploma program, the OMPT Mentorship component application must then submitted to MIUSA. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Program Director, Academic Advisor, and MIUSA Executive Director.

Applications for the OMPT Mentorship component are accepted annually on a rolling basis dependent on notice of MII Diploma Program admission to commence the following January. Final OMPT Mentorship component application deadline for consideration will be November 30. The applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic education
  • Continuing education in manual therapy
  • Clinical education and mentoring experiences
  • Clinical experience in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Research, Publications, and Teaching Experience
  • Volunteer activities: Professional and Community
  • References/Letters of Recommendation

Once the paper application has been accepted, you will be contacted to arrange an interview with the Fellowship Program Director: Ron Schenk PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT. This is the final step to be considered for program acceptance.

Notification of acceptance into the MIUSA Fellowship Program will be within four weeks of the interview. The Director and applicant will determine a plan for commencement of the OMPT Problem Solving Experience and 1:1 Clinical Mentorship understanding it will not be before the successful award of the Diploma Certificate.

Fellows-in-Training will be placed in Diploma clinical sites for mentorship in order of the date of approved application. The sites for OMPT clinical mentoring placements will be considered in order of the date secured for the Diploma Exam and various location openings.

Download OMPT Mentorship Application

Complete MDT Fellowship Program Details