Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (GCOMPT)
The UBC Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (GCOMPT) is a 21-credit specialized program for experienced physical therapists who aim to advance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in orthopaedic manual and musculoskeletal physical therapy practice. The certificate is intended to be completed over a 2-year period of part-time study.
By the end of this program, students will be able to provide advanced orthopaedic musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment and treatment that will enhance their provision of effective, evidence-based treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
What makes the program unique?
UBC’s GCOMPT program is a new benchmark in musculoskeletal post-graduate clinical training. Renowned clinicians teach within an integrated framework to develop your expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
- Expert clinicians and instructors, selected for their in-depth knowledge and teaching experience
- The integrated program covers musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics, advanced manual therapy and exercise prescription, and pain neuroscience
- A mix of online and in-person delivery for working clinicians
- Can be used for credit toward a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences
The 21 credits required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy program consist of:
- RHSC 501 (3): Evidence for Practice
- PHTH 580 (9): Orthopaedic Clinical Reasoning and Skills
- PHTH 581 (3): Evidence and Theory in Musculoskeletal Therapy
- RHSC 587 (3): Major Research Project (I)
- RHSC 589 (3): Major Research Project (II)
Prior Degree Requirements
Candidates must hold an entry-level degree in physical therapy.
- Candidates must have a minimum of one-year of recent clinical experience in orthopaedic physical therapy, and have completed 30 hours of clinical mentorship in manual therapy.
- Candidates must have successfully completed the Level II Upper and Lower courses and examinations in the Canadian Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Division Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy program, or the equivalent.
- Candidates must be physical therapists registered in British Columbia.
The GCOMPT curriculum blends three types of learning – online course-work, hands-on instruction at the UBC campus, and a clinical mentorship assignment.