I can not speak of any hierarchy in programs but I have taken courses at the University of St. Augustine, Great Lakes Seminars and Completed the Manual Therapy Institute's program. I felt like the Great lakes courses were not nearly as indepth and did not offer much in the way of thrust techniques, but that has been 4-5 years ago. From the class I took and the materials I have looked through from others I would say St. Augustine is excellent and I think anyone who has gone through it would agree. Problem is the classes come in pretty long bunches, a week at a time for some, which makes it tough to do for a lot of people. The upside is you can turn it into a DPT. The manual therapy institute was 18 weekend courses over 2 1/2 years and was great with the spine but not as good as St Augustine on the extremities, I felt. They are an acredited FAAOMPT program so if you want to do your hours after you complete the courses you can go through the FAAOMPT process. Not sure about the others. I thought the real upsdei to their program,aside from it being on weekends, was that there were so many weekends that a lot of repetition was built in regarding practising techniques.
I know there are other programs but I do not have any knowledge of them. Good luck.
I am level III certified through NAIOMT, and have enjoyed most of the coursework. There are two things that I like about the system. 1. there is a nice scan exam that will get you to rule out major pathology/red flags as well as zero in on an area to evaluate more closesly. 2. They have a nice way of relating objective testing to treatment techniques. There seem to be a lot of different courses, such as the Institute of Physical Art that has some interesting testing and treatment strategies, but I found that they failed to related the two adequately. I was also somewhat unimpressed by a Great Lakes Seminars course that I took on the foot/ankle when they stated that during pronation the first ray moves into internal rotation rather than external rotation. I will be doing my level IV in Portland next month and February so we'll see if there is any mind-blowing epiphanies.
Joined: September 27, 2006
I would avoid any program that bases its evaluation/treatment philosophy on palpation, asymmetries, movement patterns and pathoanatomical diagnoses. I would look at the McKenzie Ed program. It is a manual therapy program is and is also nan acredited FAAOMPT program