NAIOMT/Messiah University Orthopedic Residency Program earns accreditation for a full five-year term

NAIOMT/Messiah University Orthopedic Residency Program earns accreditation for a full five-year term


The NAIOMT/Messiah University Orthopedic Residency Program has been granted initial accreditation by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) for a full five-year term, through January of 2029. The residency program, a partnership of NAIOMT and Messiah University, helps licensed physical therapists build a knowledge base in the specialty practice of orthopedics and the technical skills required to treat a general orthopedic population at a mastery level and prepare residency students to sit for board certification exams.

About ABPTRFE accreditation

ABPTRFE is recognized by The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as its agency of record for the accreditation of physical therapist residency and fellowship education programs in the U.S. According to ABPTRFE, “accreditation is a reliable indicator of the value and quality of the Residency Program. In receiving initial accreditation, the program demonstrated its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices indicative off quality, accountability, and continuous improvement that enhances the physical therapy profession.” A team of NAIOMT and Messiah University educators and staff worked with accreditors over a two-year period, providing documentation and hosting and responding to a July 2023 site visit by an ABPTREF accreditation team.

“We are pleased to receive this news confirming the high quality of the residency program,” said Rob Pepper, executive director and assistant to the president for innovation and university partnerships. “This decision by ABPTREF only further confirms our decision to partner with NAIOMT on several initiatives as they are a top-notch organization. We look forward to continuing to work with NAIOMT on recruiting students for this residency program as well as the orthopaedic fellowship program that is a key part of the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy program.”

About the NAIOMT/Messiah University Orthopedic Residency Program

The NAIOMT/Messiah University Orthopedic Residency is a mix of live, synchronous and asynchronous coursework designed to provide the benefits of residency training without students having to relocate. The core courses can be taken at Messiah University, at another location closer to where the resident-in-training resides, or online. Coursework includes the core NAIOMT courses that will culminate in the resident-in-training earning the "COMT" credential and preparing for the OCS examination, as well as innovative coursework that includes clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis, value-based physical therapy principles, social determinants of health and its influence on orthopedic/musculoskeletal physical therapy outcomes, regenerative medicine, exercise prescription, post-operative orthopedic physical therapy intervention, research opportunities, journal clubs and script-concordance assessments. To learn more visit the program website.

The Orthopedic Residency program is one of three partnership programs between Messiah University and NAIOMT that provides continuing educational programs to physical therapists, additionally including: PT continuing education courses and post-professional certification and a Doctor of Science in physical therapy degree. To learn more visit


NAIOMT is a private physical therapist-owned organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards of clinical practice for manual physical therapists. NAIOMT strongly supports the union of the clinician, academician and researcher to further facilitate the development of quality patient care, physical therapy education and the development of master clinicians.

About Messiah University

Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences that enrolls 3,320 undergraduate and graduate students.