Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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AOPT Residency Curriculum

The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy offers a didactic curriculum package including regularly updated and expanded learning modules with learning objectives.

  • A foundational didactic curriculum for newly developing residency program
  • A didactic supplement to already established residency programs
  • Didactic courses for support of developing and/or established Fellowships programs
  • Final examination questions to assess comprehension of course material 

How it Works

The residency/fellowship curriculum package and individual courses are available to residents/fellows and directors currently in an accredited, candidacy or developing residency or fellowship programs in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and/or a related fellowship field. Individuals (Residents/Fellows or Residency/Fellowship Directors) purchasing the residency curriculum package or individual course option must be current AOPT members.

The residency or fellowship director will provide a list of current residents or fellows by completing and submitting the Full Curriculum Package order form. The information provided must include a residency or fellowship curriculum schedule and resident/fellow contract or appointment letter to the AOPT office. Once the form and pertinent information is received by the AOPT office, the resident/fellow or program director may purchase the curriculum materials.

Course exams are provided to program Directors/faculty. Residents/fellows will complete the tests upon recommendation from residency/fellowship Director/faculty.

  • Upon completion of the tests, the resident/fellow or the residency/fellowship Director will submit their exam answers to the AOPT office.
  • Once the exam is scored by the AOPT office, each resident will receive notification of their scores via e‐mail.
  • Criteria for “passing” each test is determined by the residency/fellowship program Director. If residents/fellows do not meet the criteria for passing established by their residency/fellowship Director, they have the opportunity to retake the exam up to 2 additional times. The residency/fellowship Director must contact the AOPT office to make this request. There is no fee for retaking exams. The residency/fellowship program director determines the period of time in which the retake must be completed. Retake exams must be submitted to the AOPT office for scoring.
  • No contact hours are earned for successful completion of the residency curriculum courses.

Purchase Options:

The curriculum was designed to create or supplement the foundation for your residency program, and is available in two different options:

Curriculum Order forms:




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