Units of the PSP Certification Program™
Unit 1 – Principles of Primary Spine Care
Unit 2 – The Lumbar Spine
Unit 3 – The Cervical Spine
Unit 4 – Clinical Management and Final Proficiency Exam
Program Registration Status
Summer 2019 Cohort - Register Now
Space in this cohort is limited. Please follow the link below to apply:
If you have previously applied to the course or have questions about the status of your registration, please contact Debra Utterback:
Live workshops for this cohort will be held the weekends of:
August 2-4, 2019
November 15-17, 2019
February 28-March 1, 2020
May 15-17, 2020
Additional cohorts to be announced!
Registration Completion and Payment
The cost of the PSP Certifcation Program is $3,500.00. 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.
- Required texts, Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain, Volumes I and II, by Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC
- Access to the Program’s Online Educational Modules
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Continuing Education credits (CEs) for Program Live 2-day Workshops
- Continental breakfast provided each day of the workshop and a box lunch provided on Saturday Live Workshops
- Final Live Practical Competency Examination after satisfying all requirements and passing all tests of all five 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.
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 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.
- The candidate should continue with the online registration process
- 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.
- 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.
Provided with Registration
Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain, Volumes I and II, by Donald R. Murphy, DC, FRCC
Murphy D, Justice B, Paskowski I, Perle S, Schneider M
Alrwaily M, Timko M, Schneider M, Stevans J, Bise C, Hariharan K, et al.
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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.
Continuing Education (CE)
The University of Pittsburgh Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP) Certification Program™ offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Continuing Education credit hours (CEs) for courses that comply with University of Pittsburgh standards. All PSP Live Workshops have topic descriptions, speaker bios, speaker disclosures of real or potential conflicts of interest, measurable learning objectives, and references to comply with most CEU or CE standards.
Number of CEUs or CEs per Unit of the PSP:
The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy awards CEUs or CE credit hours to individuals who enroll in PSP Certification Program™.
Up to 1.2 CEUs or 12 CEs can be earned by individuals for attending 12 hours of instruction for each Unit of the PSP during the live weekend workshop.
CEU and CE Certificates:
CEU and CE Certificates are issued electronically via e-mail attachment through the www.rstce.org portal. After attending each Unit of the PSP Certification Program, attendees are required to log back into the portal registration page and complete an overall PSP Unit evaluation and evaluations for individual topics. A unique identification code is provided at the end of each unit that must be entered. The CEU or CEs certificate is prorated based on hours authenticated with topic evaluations and unique codes.
Physical Therapy Practitioners:
As a CAPTE accredited program, the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy, is a pre-approved provider of CEUs for Pennsylvania PTs and PTAs. Physical Therapy practitioners outside of Pennsylvania should verify with their local practice boards to determine if there is reciprocity or if other necessary procedures are required to apply University of Pittsburgh CEUs for their jurisdiction.
The University of Pittsburgh and the chiropractic presenters of Unit 1 have applied for twelve (12) Continuing Education credits with the Pennsylvania State Board of Chiropractic for the Unit 1 live course. Approval is anticipated, but still pending. The
University will also apply for 12 CE credits for each of the Unit 2-5 live courses. We will apply for each Unit Live Workshop, for a total of sixty (60) credit hours for the complete program leading to certification. We will post the approval numbers of each course on our registration page, as they become available to us from the State Board of Chiropractic.
Chiropractors outside of Pennsylvania should verify with their local practice boards to determine if there is reciprocity or if other necessary procedures are required to apply University of Pittsburgh PSP Certification Program™ CEs for their jurisdiction.
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 | 04.23.2019