Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program

Central to the mission of the Post-Graduate OMPT Fellowship program is the mission and goals of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Marieb College of Health & Human Services. Reflective of this, the fellowship program is designed to meet the needs of the practicing physical therapist. The program allows physical therapists to advance their knowledge, clinical reasoning and handling skills to meet the standard set by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Fellows-in-training become proficient in the clinical applications of all aspects of manual therapy including thrust manipulation as they relate to this to the evidence-based practice management model. Fellows-in-training will be self-directed learners in which they will acquire skills that aid them in becoming leaders in the field of manual theraoy and maximize their patient outcomes.

Eligible applicants must have graduated from a CAPTE accredited Physical Therapy degree program, have passed the orthopedic specialist certification exam (OCS), and hold a current physical therapy license in the US.  Interested applicants should contact Rob Sillevis, rsillevis@fgcu.edu , for an individualized plan of study.  The Fellowship Program is designed to be a distant learning format which is combined with three, five days on campus instruction.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of the orthopedic manual therapy fellowship program at Florida Gulf Coast University to educate physical therapists to become the manual therapy clinician of choice. The program is designed to promote a high level of effectiveness in clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, manual therapy skills, and clinical decision making in orthopedics within a whole-body approach. The fellows will develop excellence in manual therapy practice by implementing evidence-based practice models. Graduates of the orthopedic manual therapy fellowship program are advanced practitioners who are critical thinkers prepared to be lead and teach in field of orthopedic practice and able to adapt to the changing health care environment.

The mission of the FGCU-OMPTFP supports the mission and goals of the University, the Marieb College of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.


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Residency and Fellowship Courses as Continuing Education Credit

The residency and fellowship courses that take place on campus are eligible for continuing education credit in Florida. Continuing education credit will be the equivalent to the credit hours earned. Rule 64B17-9.001 (7a)

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We’re here to answer your questions.

Dr. Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAMPT
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

(239) 745-4312