Certified Orthopedic FYZICAL Therapist/Assistant/Trainer Program
COFT, COFTA, COFAT
FYZICAL offers a certification process for those Athletic Trainers, Physical therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants who wish to advance their skills and knowledge base. The candidate will develop specialized manual therapy skills, refine exercise prescription, implement evidence-based practice and become more effective in treating orthopedic conditions in the out-patient setting.
The course curriculum includes the most effective and evidence-based approach available with concepts from New Zealand, Australia and North America. It is presented in a format that is candidate friendly and cost effective.
Advantages of being Certified:
Upon successful completion of the certification program, the graduate will be well versed in a rationale and skill set that will equip them to be more efficient during their evaluations and have better outcomes than the regular Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapist. The certified clinician is able to look at the patient as a whole and treat the drivers of the problem not just the end result. This program is designed to produce a superior clinician who is knowledgeable of evidence based and current practice, are effective with improved outcomes and are efficient in their use of treatment time.
- To graduate participants who are able to use an eclectic evidence-based manual therapy and exercise prescription approach when treating patients presenting in the out-patient and industrial setting.
- To provide the participants with the skills to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and implement an effective and safe treatment system in order to provide superior outcomes for the orthopedic patient.
- Provide ongoing learning opportunities in order to continually improve knowledge, skill, and outcomes.
- Lumbar Spine and Pelvis:Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Utilizing Classification Systems, Manual Therapy and Exercise
- Multi Region Core Stability:Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Utilizing Classification Systems, Manual Therapy and Exercise
- Cervical and Thoracic Spine:Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Utilizing Classification Systems, Manual Therapy and Exercise
- The Upper Quarter:Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Utilizing Classification Systems, Manual Therapy and Exercise
- The Lower Quarter:Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment Utilizing Classification Systems, Manual Therapy and Exercise
(The above courses can be taken in any order)
Certification Course Structure:
The successful candidate will have successfully completed all five courses (three spinal and two extremity). These can be taken in any order. Each course requires the completion of a Post Course Quiz for ATs, PTs and PTAs. Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers are also required to complete an essay.
During the course the candidate will be required to demonstrate competency in techniques covered on the course. After each course the participant is required to complete the online quiz with a required 80% passing score. Once the five courses have been completed, a review post course quiz will be undertaken with an 80% pass score required. The candidate will be required to demonstrate their competency during the course.
- Select and register for the first course.
- Attend the course
- Within 30 days, successfully complete the post course quiz.
- There is an essay requirement for each course (ATs, PTs only). The candidate will be sent the essay question after completion of the course to be submitted within 30 days of course completion
The successful completion of the above requirements will result in the candidate being awarded the ‘Certified Orthopedic FYZICAL Athletic Trainer, Therapist or Therapist Assistant’status attesting that the candidate has attained a high level of knowledge and skill in the orthopedic management of musculoskeletal conditions seen in the out-patient and industrial setting.
Who can enroll in the FYZICAL Orthopedic Program?
- Athletic Trainers-COFAT
- Physical Therapists – COFT
- Physical Therapy Assistants – COFTA
Physical Therapist Assistants are able be certified as Orthopedic FYZICAL Therapy Assistants. Due to the different Physical Therapy state practice act requirements, it is the reasonability of each clinician to treat patients within these requirements.
Physical Therapy Assistants are valuable and skilled clinicians. FYZICAL recognizes this and has adapted the certification program so that PTAs receive their due recognition. The PTA must attend the required courses (see Course Selection) complete and pass the post course quiz and be evaluated on skill set during the courses. The PTA is not required to complete the post course essay. In summary for a PTA to become a COFTA, they must attend the courses and successfully complete the post course quiz.