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Certification Tracks Clinical Excellence through Graduate Education


Seminars Offered Nationwide The University of St. Augustine (USA) established Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 1981. USA has long held that continuing education should be structured toward a meaningful goal. After a group of therapists who had completed the series of manual therapy seminars asked to be examined, MTC was developed. MTC is a process by which a Physical Therapist attends a series of 7 prerequisite seminars which culminates into a week long rigorous review and testing of all areas. Tests include written, oral and practical components which measure the competency of the individuals. Upon successful completion of all areas demonstrating a safe level of competency according to standards established by USA, the PT is issued a Manual Therapy Certification certificate and is able to use the “MTC� letters after their name indicating the earned specialization. The University has since added several other specialty certifications including Sports Physical Therapy, Cranio Facial Certification and Primary Care Certification. Please see the back cover to learn more about seminar requirements for each individual certification.


Once a certification has been earned, evidence of continuing professional development is required in order to maintain use of the certification letters. Over a 24-month period, the therapist is expected to maintain either full or part-time clinical practice and meet one or more of the following activities: • • • • • • •

30 hours (3.0 CEU) of continuing education attendance every 2 years. These seminars may be any physical therapy practice management area, not just manual therapy. Publication of article(s) in a peer-reviewed journal. This could be a research study, position paper, clinical pearl, etc. APTA Credentialed Residency or Fellowship Successful completion of the ABPTS certification examination. Advanced degree coursework (3 credits over 24 months). Development and/or teaching of a seminar. Development and/or teaching of a rehabilitation-related course in a degree-granting program.

Registration A physical therapist may apply to take the Review/ Certification Class provided he/she has taken all the prerequisite seminars required for the desired Certification prior to the Certification exams. Note: Early registration is recommended. To register, or to learn more, please visit our website at www.usa.edu or call us at (800) 241-1027.

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Manual Therapy Certification

S1- Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation E1- Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation E2- Extremity Integration MF1- Myofascial Manipulation S2- Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Pelvis, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine including Thrust S3- Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Cranio Facial, Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine S4- Functional Analysis and Management of the Lumbo- Pelvic-Hip Complex MTC- Manual Therapy Certification

Primary Care Certification S1- E1- PCC--

Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation Medical Diagnostics Pharmacology Applied Musculoskeletal Imaging for Physical Therapists Managed Care: Best Practice in Rehabilitation Primary Care Certification

Sports Physical Therapy Certification S1 E1 * *

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STC-

Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation Foundations / Competencies in Sports PT Orthopaedic Management of Upper Quarter Injuries Orthopaedic Management of Lower Quarter Injuries Functional Exercise Training and Rehabilitation Sports Physical Therapy Certification

*Call North American Sports Medicine Institute for information and scheduling for these seminars at (503) 642-4432.

Cranio-mandibular, Head, Neck and Facial Pain Certification

S1- Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation S3- Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Cranio Facial, Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine CF1- Basic Cranio-Facial CF2- Intermediate Cranio-Facial CF3- Advanced Cranio-Facial CF4- State of the Art Cranio-Facial CFC- Cranio-Facial Certification 1 University Blvd | St. Augustine, FL 32086 | (800) 241-1027 | admissions@usa.edu


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