IMPACT’s certification program consists of nine units, each consisting of directed self learning modules delivered by our on-line learning system and two and a half-day classroom sessions that integrate the information learned on-line with instruction in assessment and treatment techniques and clinical reasoning.
The units are grouped in three levels with each level containing more complex case scenarios that require more advanced reasoning and technical skills. Each unit of each level has an associated test of knowledge and clinical skills that accumulate towards certification and each level culminates in a script concordance type test that examines the student’s clinical reasoning abilities. Consequently the student will certify at each of the three levels as Orthopedic Manual Therapist (OMT), Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in ascending order.
Each of the three levels when completed are components of certification, residency and Fellowship. To download the flowchart, click this link: Impact Flowchart
Key to abbreviations:
CMPT = Certified Manual Physical Therapist
COMT = Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Live Patient Exam (the student will be expected to assess, diagnose, prognose and determine remote etiologies and to apply advanced treatment techniques for the patient’s condition).
OKT = Online knowledge test (multiple choice, matching, select type questions that tests the student’s ability to recall and recognize facts taught in that particular level.
OMT = Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Oral/Practical Exam (a one on one examination in which the student is expected to clinically reason through a simulated patient presentation and determine diagnosis, biomechanical dysfunction, prognosis remote etiologies and treatment and to apply the assessment and treatment techniques appropriate for the scenario efficaciously).
PCT = Practical Competency Tests (a practical test to assess the student’s ability to perform assessment and treatment techniques taught in that particular level).
SCT = Script Concordance Test ( cases scenarios with multiple choice, matching, select type questions that tests the student’s ability to integrate the information taught in the particular level’s modules to make differential and biomechanical diagnoses and etiology).