Units of the PSP Certification Program™


Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Primary Spine Care


Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine


Unit 3 – The Cervical Spine


Unit 4 – Clinical Management and Final Proficiency Exam


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2022 Cohort: Apply Now!

Live courses for this cohort will be held on the following dates.
For 2022, three (3) weekend sessions will be offered in a virtual/online format and one (1) weekend session will be live/in-person on the Univeristy of Pittsburgh's campus.

  • Course One: Fundamentals of Primary Spine Care
    • April 8-10, 2022

  • Course Two: Applied PSP Management Principles: The Lumbar Spine
    • June 24-26, 2022 

  • Course Three: Applied PSP Management Principles: The Cervical Spine
    • September 23-25, 2022

  • Course Four: PSP Clinical Management Principles: Case Analysis, Review, and Certification
    • December 2-4, 2022

    Each workshop will be three days in length of the following schedule:

    • Friday: 5-9pm Eastern
    • Saturday: 8am-5:30pm Eastern
    • Sunday: 8am-12pm Eastern

Prospective Students may apply by using the "Apply Now" button to the left.


Registration Completion and Payment

 

The cost of the PSP Certifcation Program is $3,800.00. This can be paid at one time, or with a payment plan of mulitiple installments. Initial payment is due following your acceptance to the course.

 

Registration includes:

  • Access to the Program’s Online Educational Modules
  • Final Live Practical Competency Examination after satisfying all requirements and passing all tests of all four units of the Program
  • University of Pittsburgh Certification as a Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP) after satisfactory completion of the Final Live Competency Examination

 

Note: All program enrollees must view the on-line modules and pass each associated quiz PRIOR to attending the live workshop. Each unit of the PSP Program must be taken in sequential order. Life-changing events that preclude attendance at any one of the PSP Live Workshops for any enrollee will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for remedy.


Prerequisites

 

PTs Admission Requirements:

  • Education in diagnosis/medical screening; satisfied by having a DPT and/or Direct Access license, or documentation of having completed a medical screening course that is reviewed and approved by the PSP Certificate Program™ Advisory Panel
  • Minimum of 1 year of post-professional orthopedic clinical experience; favorable consideration will be given to applicants with at least one of the following:
    • Graduate of an APTA accredited residency program in orthopedics or related specialty, or
    • Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, or
    • Board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics or related field
  • Proof of prior manual therapy training and Grade V thrust techniques of the spine
  • Preferred, but not required: Working knowledge of directional preference examination/therapy and spinal stabilization exercise concepts

 

DCs Admission Requirements:

  • Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited institution
  • An active license to practice chiropractic
  • Minimum of 1 year of post graduate clinical experience
  • Preferred, but not required: Working knowledge of directional preference exam/therapy and spinal stabilization exercise concepts


All candidates are required to submit a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae demonstrating credentials and qualifications that meet or exceed the above Admission Requirements and stating their reason as to why they desire to attend the PSP Certification Program™.

Note: If a candidate does not meet the prerequisite admission requirements, s/he can submit evidence of the equivalent of the above criteria subject to approval by our PSP Advisory Panel through a portfolio review process.

  1. The candidate should continue with the online registration process
  2. The candidate should provide a brief explanation in the required Cover Letter that provides evidence of equivalent training or experience that meets or exceeds the PSP prerequisite admission requirements. The candidate’s CV should also provide evidence of equivalent training.
  3. For those candidates that do not meet the published Admission Requirements, their Cover Letter and CV will be submitted to the PSP Advisory Panel for consideration. A phone or personal interview may be requested by the Panel. Disposition will be provided within four weeks of the submittal date.

Required Readings

Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain, Volumes I and II, by Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own texts.


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Volume I:

Primary Management of Low Back Disorders Using The CRISP Protocols

Murphy, Donald R.

 

 

 

Primary Management of Cervical Disorders Using The CRISP Protocols Cover

 

Volume II:

Primary Management of Cervical Disorders Using The CRISP Protocols

Murphy, Donald R.

 

 


The documents below are available for download.

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The Establishment of a Primary Spine Care Practitioner and its Benefits to Health Care Reform in the United States

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Murphy D, Justice B, Paskowski I, Perle S, Schneider M

 

 

Treatment-Based Classificiation System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update Diagram

 

Treatment-Based Classificiation System for Low Back Pain: Revision and Update

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Alrwaily M, Timko M, Schneider M, Stevans J, Bise C, Hariharan K, et al.

 

 


Recommended Reading

  1. Christensen CM, Grossman JH, Hwang J. The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2009.
  2. Dower C, Moore J, Langelier M. It Is Time To Resctructure Health Professions Scope-Of-Practice Regulations To Remove Barriers To Care. Health affairs. 2013 Nov;32(11):1971-6.
  3. Hartvigsen J, Foster NE, Croft PR. We need to rethink front line care for back pain. Bmj. 2011;342:d3260.
  4. Porter ME. A Strategy for Health Care Reform--Toward a Value-Based System. The New England journal of medicine. 2009 Jul 9;361(2):109-12
  5. Porter ME, Lee TH. The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care. Harvard Bus Rev. 2013;Oct:1-19.
  6. Porter ME, Teisberg EO. Redefining Health Care:  Creating Value-Based Competition on Results. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press; 2006.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be made in writing either by post or e-mail.

For cancellations sent before 1st of the month of the month preceding the PSP Unit Live Workshop, tuition will be refunded minus a $75.00 administrative fee; cancellations sent after 1st of the month, but before 31st of the month preceding the weekend workshop, tuition will be refunded minus a $125.00 administrative fee; No tuition will be refunded for requests sent after 31st of the month preceding the weekend workshop.


Consent to Use Photographic Image


By attending the University of Pittsburgh Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP) Certification Program™, attendees give the University of Pittsburgh permission to use the attendee's image or voice in photographs, video recordings, electronic reproductions, social networking, and audio recordings both now and in the future.


Updated | 12.14.2020

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Questions regarding the program:

Michael Timko, PT, MS
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Certified Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP)
he/him

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Pittsburgh
Bridgeside Point 1
100 Technology Drive Suite 228
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
P: (412) 383-4509
  mtimko@pitt.edu

Questions regarding program registration:

Clarice Rutledge
Post-Professional Education Administrator
ADaPT Administrator
she/her

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Pittsburgh
Bridgeside Point 1
100 Technology Drive Suite 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
P: (412) 383-4509



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