Program Overview:

ASPIRE OMT Fellowship is a three year clinical fellowship program taught by well-recognizable and experienced faculty within the OMT profession. Many of our faculty have taught in both a Fellowship Program and university program and have experience in teaching, mentoring,  and guest lecturing internationally.

Mission Statement:

ASPIRE OMT Fellowship is committed to creating mastery-level physical therapists and mentored leaders within OMT who can effectively manage highly complex patients. This program emphasizes an eclectic, quadrant-based approach toward treating the whole person and integrating clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis, and evidence-informed evaluation and management for neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions.


Admission Requirements:

  • A physical therapist in good standing with a physical therapy license to practice in the US.

  • A minimum of one year (2000 hours) of orthopaedic physical therapy clinical experience

    • Demonstrate proof of individual personal malpractice/liability insurance coverage with a professional consulting liability rider.

  • And one of the following: 

    • The candidate will have successfully passed all of ASPIRE OMT’s COMT level courses, or equivalent courses (including post-course exams and the oral comprehensive exam) 

    • The candidate will have passed 5 out of 6 of ASPIRE OMT’s COMT courses and will submit a structured timeline and plan to complete the final ASPIRE OMT, COMT level course, or equivalent course (including post-course tests and oral comprehensive exam) within 12 months of admission into the ASPIRE OMT Fellowship.

    • The candidate has graduated from an ABPTRFE-accredited orthopaedic or sports residency program and has successfully completed an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of 6 written tests associated with each of ASPIRE OMT's 6 COMT courses and the comprehensive oral COMT practical examination.

ASPIRE OMT Fellowship is a three year clinical fellowship program taught by -recognizable and experienced faculty within the OMT profession. Many of have taught in both a Fellowship Program and university program and have experience in teaching, mentoring,  and guest lecturing internationally.

Through completion of ASPIRE OMT Fellowship, the fellow-in-training will . . . .

  • demonstrate critical thinking and evidence informed practice for the management of patients with pain and neuromuscular impairments;

  • apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, behavior science, and biomechanics to evaluate, tree, modify and progress treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions; 

  • apply advanced clinical reasoning throughout the assessment and management in OMPT to appropriately manage complex patients with neuromusculoskeletal impairments;

  • demonstrate advanced communication skills with clients and/or professional colleagues, including: effective use of active listening skills, questioning strategies, interpersonal skills and other verbal/non-verbal communication skills when providing safe and effective OMPT patient centered care; 

  • demonstrate an advanced level of practical skills utilizing precision and specificity of techniques, enabling effective assessment and management to enable safe and effective practice within orthopaedic manual therapy; 

  • demonstrate continued clinical expertise and leadership in OMT and commitment to the professional development within orthopaedic manual therapy;

  • demonstrate an understanding and application of the process of research within orthopaedic manual therapy.

Program Design & Curriculum:

ASPIRE OMT Fellowship will utilize a hybrid approach where clinical and academic curricular activities are performed in-person as well as virtual (synchronous & asynchronous).


Accredited Fellowship Programs require participants to:

  • complete a minimum of 1,000 total program hours:

  • 200 theory

  • 160 practical educational hours

  • 450 patient-care clinic hours inclusive of 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring throughout the program.

  • At least 75 of the 150 mentoring hours must be in-person (1:1)

  • The participant is the primary patient/client care provider for 75 of the minimum 150 mentoring hours.

  • The remaining mentoring hours may occur in person or using synchronous or asynchronous methodologies.                                                                                                                                        


Total Aspire Fellowship Program Hours (1,311):

850 Hours - Educational Curriculum

  • 700 Hours - Clinical Practice with FAAOMPT Mentor Consultation Available

  • 150 Hours - One-on-One Patient Care Mentoring with FAAOMPT Mentor

461 Hours - Clinical Curriculum

  • 21 Hours - SMT-1 Integrated Evaluation and Management of the Thorax

  • 30 Hours - Evidence Based Research in OMT

  • 42 Hours - SMT-2 Integrated Evaluation and Management of the Lower Quadrant

  • 45 Hours - Leadership and Mentorship in OMT

  • 30 Hours - Application of OMT Clinical Research

  • 42 Hours - SMT-3 Integrated Evaluation and Management of the Upper Quadrant

  • 30 Hours - Professional Communication and Consulting in OMT

  • 30 Hours - Neuromuscular Reeducation and Therapeutic Exercise for OMT

  • 42 Hours - SMT-4 Spinal Segmental Manipulation, Part A & B

  • 30 Hours - Pain Science and Functional Medicine in OMT

  • 21 Hours - SMT-5 Integrated Advanced Clinical Reasoning

  • 30 Hours - Lifestyle Medicine and Pain Management in OMT

  • 40 Hours - Educational Practical Technique Practice

  • 14 Hours - Lab Assist COMT1 or COMT3

  • 14 Hours - Lab Assist COMT2 or COMT4

The Cost of the Aspire Fellowship Program is $8300. This does not include travel, exams, and the cost of the 150 hours of 1:1 mentoring. The cost of the mentoring will be between the mentor and mentee.

Start an Application:

We are accepting Fellowship applications for Spring 2022.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions on fellowship: fellowship@aspireomt.com or use the contact us link below.


ASPIRE OMT Fellowship is an applicant for accreditation with ACOMPTE. Achieving applicant status is not an indication that ACOMPTE will grant initial accreditation. If granted initial accreditation, the effective date will be the date of the site visit upon which the successful accreditation decision was based.