The curriculum consists of a series of nine classes including radiology, advanced musculoskeletal therapeutics, teaching practicum, and mentored clinical blocks. The program utilizes classroom and laboratory training relevant to the specialty area, as well as study groups, case presentations, clinical research, staff supervision and community service. The program will be completed over a twelve-month period with a new residency class beginning the spring semester each year.
A critical aspect of the program involves clinical mentoring of residents while they are involved in performing patient care. Residents are mentored by academic and clinical faculty who possess advanced clinical skills (board specialty certification or fellowship credentials), expertise in teaching, and involvement in scholarly and professional activities.
The clinical component of the residency is currently being offered in collaboration with Rock Valley Physical Therapy (RVPT). Founded in 1984, RVPT has grown into the largest physical therapy private practice in the Quad Cities, employing 40 licensed physical therapists. Currently, 18 therapists hold clinical specializations and four are fellows in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.