Residency & Fellowship

Advance Your Clinical Career at OSS

Olympic Sports & Spine (OSS) is committed to clinical excellence, and nothing exemplifies that commitment more than our APTA Accredited Residency and Fellowship programs. Our programs facilitate the development of advanced  skills that both enhance the quality care offered to our patients and in doing so, help to elevate the physical therapy profession.

OSS offers three (3) clinical tracks to choose from: Orthopedic Residency, Sports Residency & Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship programs.

Orthopaedic Residency Program

Overview & Mission

Olympic Sports & Spine’s Orthopedic Residency is an 18 month post-professional clinical residency program designed to elevate a physical therapist’s competency and enhance patient centered care. The residency is characterized by advanced clinical education, principles of evidence informed practice, and processes of clinical reasoning. The clinical and academic curriculum is designed to assist residents to prepare for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist’s Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination. Each cohort begins on January 1 of each year.

Curriculum Summary

The Orthopedic Residency consists of 2,212 total program hours over 18 months. The first 12 months is dedicated to knowledge areas of orthopedic practice and psychomotor skills of orthopedic physical therapists through 15 modules. The modules are: therapeutic alliance, orthopedic physical therapy theory & practice, medical considerations, lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, hip, knee, foot & ankle, temporomandibular joint, cervical spine, thoracic spine & rib cage, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist & hand, and pain science.

The last 6 months are dedicated to professional competencies of orthopedic physical therapists and include clinical instruction of a DPT intern, an academic presentation to OSS, a patient perspective project, and a case report.

Schedule Expectations

Residents should anticipate 50 hours per week of clinical and academic work throughout the duration of the residency program. The clinical curriculum will consist of 37 hours of patient care and 3 hours of patient care mentorship with an OCS clinician. The remaining 10 hours per week are dedicated to an academic curriculum.   Didactic and lab instruction will vary each week, but the instructional activities utilized within the program include NAIOMT courses, APTA independent study courses,  Medbridge Education online courses, the review of journal articles, OSS in-services and advanced orthopedic psychomotor skill labs.

Tuition

The orthopedic residency tuition is $13,600. Olympic Sports & Spine will provide tuition assistance based on the length of the agreement.

The program will offer the following two agreement/payment options:

2-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Resident:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $4,000
- $4,000
= $5,600
52
$107.69
~ 97%

3-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Resident:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $6,000
- $4,000
= $3,600
78
$46.15
~ 99%

Application Process & Questions

Please contact Samantha Gubka at residency@osstherapy.com for further information regarding the orthopedic residency and its application process.

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*The orthopedic residency program received accreditation through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education in 2020.

Sports Residency Program

Program Overview & Mission

Olympic Sports & Spine's Sports Residency is an 18 month post-professional clinical residency program designed to elevate a physical therapist's competency and enhance patient centered care. The residency is characterized by advanced clinical education, principles of evidence informed practice, and processes of clinical reasoning. The clinical and academic curriculum is designed to assist residents to prepare for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialist's Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) examination. Each cohort begins on January 1 of each year.

Curriculum Summary

The Sports Residency consists of 2,650 total program hours over 18 months. The first 12 months are dedicated to knowledge areas of sports practice and psychomotor skills of sports physical therapists through five modules.

  • Rehabilitation/Return to sport for lumbopelvic, hip, knee, foot/ankle, concussion, cervicothoracic, shoulder, elbow/wrist/hand
  • Management of acute injury/illness
  • Medical considerations
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports performance enhancement

The sport resident will also complete a minimum of 200 hours of athletic venue coverage.  

The last 6 months are dedicated to professional competencies of sports physical therapists and include clinical instruction of a DPT intern, an academic presentation, an athlete's perspective project, and a case report.

Schedule Expectations

Residents should anticipate 50 hours per week of clinical and academic work throughout the duration of the residency program. The clinical curriculum will consist of 37 hours of patient care and 3 hours of patient care mentorship with an SCS clinician. The remaining 10 hours per week are dedicated to an educational curriculum including athletic venue coverage, NAIOMT courses, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy independent study courses, American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy independent study courses, Medbridge Education online courses, NATA practice guidelines, OSS in-services and advanced orthopedic/sport psychomotor skill labs.

Tuition

The sports residency tuition is $13,600. Olympic Sports & Spine will offer the following two agreement/payment options:

2-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Resident:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $4,000
- $4,000
= $5,600
52
$107.69
~ 97%

3-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Resident:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $6,000
- $4,000
= $3,600
78
$46.15
~ 99%

Application Process & Questions

Please contact Samantha Gubka at residency@osstherapy.com for further information regarding the sports residency and its application process.

*The sports residency program is accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education.

Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Program Overview & Mission

The mission of the Olympic Sports & Spine’s Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship is to elevate the orthopedic and/or sports physical therapist’s orthopedic manual physical therapy competency. The fellowship is characterized by the attainment of advanced knowledge and skills, the application of principles of evidence informed practice, and the development of clinical reasoning to enhance patient outcomes. The clinical and educational curriculum is designed to assist the fellow-in-training to meet the recognition requirements of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and in turn, become a Fellow of AAOMPT (FAAOMPT). The start date for the first cohort is January 1 of each year.

Curriculum Summary

The Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship consists of 2,863 total program hours over 24 months. The first 18 months is dedicated to knowledge areas of orthopedic manual therapy and psychomotor skills of orthopedic manual physical therapists through NAIOMT Level II & III courses, Ola Grimsby Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (STEP) courses, independent study, Olympic Sports & Spine pain science in-services, Medbridge Education online courses, manual therapy based journal articles, and clinical reasoning reflection presentations.

The last 6 months are dedicated to professional competencies of orthopedic manual physical therapists and include co-mentorship with an orthopedic or sport resident, an academic presentation to Olympic Sports & Spine, a community advocacy project, and a research capstone project.

The OSS OMPT Fellowship program incorporates courses from NAIOMT and Ola Grimsby Institute.  These courses are scheduled according to the institute and does not fit in a classic "module" format where all courses within a module are taken in the same timeframe.  Fellows-in-training will complete NAIOMT / OGI courses over two years in accordance to their schedule.  

OSS will provide instruction in three ongoing series:

  • Manual Therapy Science & Theory
  • Movement Science for OMPT
  • Pain Science for OMPT

These are short courses offered in a series format throughout the duration of the fellowship.  Official schedule isn't determined yet but will not conflict with other scheduled educational events within OSS.   Courses are intended to build on one another so people really need to be there for the whole series vs. parts.

Schedule Expectations

Fellows-in-training should anticipate a clinic schedule of 40 hours per week consisting of 37 hours of patient care and 3 hours of patient care mentorship with a Fellow of AAOMPT.  Weekly hours dedicated to academic study is variable throughout the duration of the program and is dependent on the learning activity.  

Tuition

The 24 month orthopedic manual therapy fellowship tuition is $17,200. Olympic Sports & Spine will offer the   following two agreement/payment options. Fellowship enrollees may pay for his or her portion of the program over two or three years.

2-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Fellow:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $4,000
- $4,000
= $5,600
52
$107.69
~ 97%

3-Year Employment Agreement

Program Tuition:
Continuing Education Benefit:
OSS Financial Aid
Financial Responsibility of Fellow:
Pay Cycles:
Post Tax Paycheck Deduction:
% Salary to a comparable Physical Therapist:
$13,600
- $6,000
- $4,000
= $3,600
78
$46.15
~ 99%

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics or Sports; and/or
  2. Graduate from an American Board of Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) accredited orthopedic or sport residency program

Application Process & Questions

Please contact Samantha Gubka at residency@osstherapy.com for further information regarding the orthopedic manual therapy fellowship and its application process.

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*The OMPT fellowship program received accreditation from the American Board of  Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education in in 2020.

We are accredited!

Olympic Sports & Spine's Clinical Resident and Fellowship programs are accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.

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