OMPT Fellowship Program

The NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Program has been fine-tuned to reflect advances in evidence and practice and to include more distance instruction, to reduce your time and expenses. We invite you to look at our new exciting features below.

Our next admission window will be for our summer 2018 cohort and we look forward to talking with you. Your application is initiated with an application fee of $100, due before the application window.  The application submission window opens May 1 2018 and closes on May 15, 2018. (See link below). Successful applicants will complete an interview (distance). Fellowship admission for successful applicants will be July 15, 2018.

The 2nd 2018 cohort admission with be December 15th, 2018. That admission window opens on October 1st. 

All NAIOMT Fellows-in-training will receive clinical mentoring from a manual therapy specialist; a FAAOMPT or equivalent.

The NAIOMT Fellowship does not currently use the central admission system through ABPTRFE (RF-PTCAS). Applications must be made directly to NAIOMT.

NAIOMT OMPT Fellowship admissions during 2018 will accept those who demonstrate clinical experience in orthopedic and manual physical therapy, or have completed an OCS or orthopedic residency. 

Admissions after 1/1/19: ABPTRFE has changed admission criteria, to require a minimum of an OCS or completion of an accredited residency.  As recently published ABPTRFE fellowship criteria do not match International Standards (IFOMPT), NAIOMT will be developing a revised fellowship program once program education standards have been ratified. We will then announce the next admission window. 


NAIOMT's Laura Von Wullerstorff teaching

NAIOMT's Clinical Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT)

The NAIOMT Clinical Fellowship Program (CFP) is a self-directed, part-time, eclectic program to enhance your safe, efficient and effective advanced clinical reasoning and management of complex musculo-skeletal dysfunctions. Our strength is the clinical expertise of our faculty.

You gain access to:

  • Master clinicians passionate about clinical practice
  • A combination of in-person and distance OMPT education and advanced clinical mentoring
  • Graduate credits towards postprofessional doctoral degrees
  • Patient satisfaction resulting from your clinical reasoning and advanced psychomotor skills

APTA-Accredited & AAOMPT-Approved

Since 2000, the Fellowship Program has been accredited by the APTA as a postprofessional clinical fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy has continuously recognized the NAIOMT program since 1998. A physical therapist graduate of the Fellowship Program may apply for the Fellow credential with the Academy (FAAOMPT).

ABPTRFE accredited program

Timeline & Curriculum

  • NAIOMT accepts 1-2 cohorts per year in winter and summer.
  • Fellowship Program is typically 30-36 months.
  • Program is designed to develop your evidence-informed management of the patient/client who does not fit a simple algorithm or rule.
  • Curriculum is anchored in clinical experience and applied sciences and is continuously evolving to integrate expanding scientific, theoretical and clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and evidence.
  • Training focuses on patient-specific management, efficient pattern recognition, precise movement assessment, quadrant analysis, advanced clinical reasoning and eclectic OMPT techniques that include all grades of mobilization/manipulation to all areas of the axial and appendicular skeleton.
  • Graduation requirements include: successful completion of didactic instruction and examinations, advanced clinical reasoning and clinical assessments, clinical mentored hours and tutorials and a scholarly project.

For further information on the program, click: FELLOWSHIP FACTS & CURRICULUM


  • NAIOMT has multiple clinical sites; at the clinical fellowship instructor’s place of employment or the instructor may travel to the fellow-in-training’s location. Click here for NAIOMT-approved Clinical Fellowship Instructors: FACULTY
  • Classroom hours are obtained at NAIOMT courses offered at many locations. Click here for COURSE SCHEDULE

Admission Process

  • Completion of an orthopedic residency or OCS is highly recommended but not required for admission during 2017 and 2018.
  • Documentation of one year or 2000 hours of post-professional clinical practice in orthopaedic physical therapy is required
  • Successful completion of NAIOMT level I and II classes and examinations is required before admission
  • Potential for portfolio application if experience outside of NAIOMT programs

*Download the full Admission Requirements and Application Form: HERE

Contact and Information

  • For detailed information and answers, click to explore the: FELLOWSHIP FAQS
  • Download a copy of the Fellowship Program FAQs: HERE
  • Download a Fellowship Flyer: HERE
  • Reach us by e-mail:
  • Program Director, Ann Porter Hoke PT, DPT, OCS, FCAMPT, FAAOMPT
  • Assistant Director, Russ Case, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

Lab Assistants

NAIOMT Lab Assistants (teaching assistants) add quality to NAIOMT courses by actively assisting in the lab portion of the courses. You need to apply to NAIOMT to be a NAIOMT lab assistant.

Those entering the NAIOMT OMPT fellowship program are automatically lab assistants (after confirmation by NAIOMT)

More info on these positions here.

NAIOMT's Laura von Wullerstorff and students