MDT Residency Program

The McKenzie Institute
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

The McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in Orthopaedics.

Our part-time programming allows the candidate to remain gainfully employed working at their present facility to meet the requisite 1939 hours. The blended programming consists of 1500 clinical hours including 150 hours of expert 1:1 mentored practice in the clinic, distance learning activities (317 hours), and onsite courses (122 hours) held nationwide for flexibility in schedules and locale offer a uniquely adaptable residency experience. This will also make the training immediately applicable, thereby allowing for improved retention of information.

Program Outcomes

The anticipated outcomes for those completing the Residency Program are:

  • Development of high level clinical reasoning and psychomotor skills in MDT/orthopaedic physical therapy
  • Successful pass of the MDT Credentialing Examination
  • Eligibility to sit for the Board Certification Examination in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS)

Program outcomes achieved (last five years):

  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 100% Retention Rate
  • 100% first-time pass rate on the OCS exam
  • 100% of Residents completed their certification in MDT
  • 75% of Graduates went on the the MDT Diploma Program

Residency Program Pathway

Download complete program details here

Leading to eligibility for Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and MDT Credential

    • Be engaged in ongoing clinical practice for the duration of the program (1350 total hours required)
    • Complete McKenzie A course and ISC 28.5 Basic Research Methods for Understanding Physical Therapy Literature while simultaneously beginning 150 direct orthopaedic residency mentoring hours with mentors who are OCS and Cert. MDT ot Dip. MDT
      (Block 1)
    • Complete McKenzie B course, Online Case Manager Volume 1, and ISC 27.4 Frontiers in Orthopaedics
      (Block 2)
    • Complete McKenzie C course, Online Case Manager Volume 2, and ISC 27.3 Clinical Imaging
      (Block 3)
    • Complete McKenzie D course, Online Case Manager Volume 3, and ISC 28.4 Pharmacology while continuing mentoring hours
      (Block 4)
    • Complete Advanced Extremity course and ISC 27.1 Postoperative Management of Orthopaedic Surgeries
      (Block 5)
    • Sit for the MDT Credentialing Exam and complete ISC 31.2 Current Concepts of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
      (Block 6)
    • Successful pass of MDT written and practical final examination and mentoring experiences
    • Graduate from the MIUSA Orthopaedic Residency Program

The expected average program completion period is 12-18 months. The minimum time period to complete the program is 10 months and maximum 36 months 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 Residency?

What is the application process?

Program Fee

$11,680 includes all MDT coursework, Credentialing Exam, the Home Study Package fees, 1:1 mentoring hours, ongoing guidance from faculty and mentors, and complimentary MIUSA membership providing subscription to JMMT. The Program Fee can be paid in installments, if preferred.

The resident is responsible for APTA and Orthopaedic Section membership fees, OCS application and exam fees. In addition, travel, insurance and all other related expenses are the responsibility of the resident.

ABPTRFE Program Financial Fact Sheet

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants to the Residency program must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate of CAPTE accredited PT program
  • Active PT license in good standing and evidence of professional liability insurance
  • Active employment within an orthopaedic setting
  • Active APTA and Orthopaedic Section memberships
  • Completion of application including CV, references and personal essay

Application Process

Candidates must apply through the RF-PTCAS (Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application System) for residency programs. The CAS application cycle opens in early October and closes annually on August 31.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis to our program through the CAS management system. Due to the set application cycle of the CAS, candidates have access to their system to apply up to August 31 and it reopens on or about October 1.

Admission decisions will be rendered twice annually for September program commencement:

  • April 15 early admission decision - applications received between October - March 31
  • August 15 early admission decision - applications received between April 1 - July 31

Admission to the McKenzie Institute USA Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is competitive and requires a significant monetary and professional commitment. It is expected that up to five (5) applications will be accepted annually into the program.

For complete application and admission details, download complete program details here.

We welcome questions or expressed interest emailed to:

Joshua Kidd, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, Dip. MDT, CSCS, FAAOMPT- Residency Program Director
[email protected]

Stacey Lyon, MIUSA Executive Director
[email protected]