MDT Residency Program

The McKenzie Institute
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program

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

We have received this prestigious accreditation for five years from May 31, 2017-May 31, 2022.

The program design will provide the candidates advanced training in MDT and orthopedic physical therapy knowledge and skills while continuing their clinical practice. This will make the training immediately applicable, thereby allowing for improved retention of information.

The anticipated outcome for those completing the Residency Program is:

      • 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)

Residency Program Pathway

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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 Evidence Based Practice (DVD) while simultaneously beginning 150 direct orthopaedic residency mentoring hours with mentors who are OCS and Cert. MDT ot Dip. MDT
      (Block 1, Year 1)
    • Complete McKenzie B course and ISC 14.2
      (Block 2, Year 1)
    • Complete McKenzie C course, Online Case Manager Volume 1 and ISC 17.1
      (Block 3, Year 1)
    • Complete McKenzie D course, Online Case Manager Volume 2 and ISC 16.1 while continuing mentoring hours
      (Block 4, Year 2)
    • Complete Advanced Extremity course and ISC 15.2
      (Block 5, Year 2)
    • Complete ISC 26.2
      (Block 6, Year 2)
    • 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 two years. However, the minimum time to complete the program is twelve (12) months and the maximum is thirty-six (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, 1:1 mentoring hours, ongoing guidance from faculty and mentors, and complimentary MIUSA membership providing subscription to JMMT. The resident is responsible for APTA and Orthopaedic Section membership, the Home Study Package fees and OCS application and exam fees. In addition, travel, insurance and all other related expenses are the responsibility of the resident.

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

Applications for 2019 are currently being accepted through the RF-PTCAS management system.

We welcome questions or expressed interest emailed to:

Ron Schenk, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Dip. MDT - Residency Program Director

Stacey Lyon, MIUSA Executive Director