Continuing Education

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University offers a number of continuing education opportunities.

All Courses

Orthopaedic Course Series

The St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy department is providing advanced level courses in the area of orthopaedics. 

Therapists who successfully complete the 6-course sequence will earn a Certificate in Manual Therapy (CMT) and may use the designation CMT. These courses will involve lectures, laboratory sessions, pre-course readings, and post-course assignments.

The overall purpose of this course series is to:

  1. Enhance therapists' knowledge of musculoskeletal patient management and manual therapy treatment philosophies and approaches.
  2. Develop therapists' clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills for the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
  3. Prepare therapists to analyze, synthesize and apply current evidence in the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

All courses will be offered in conjunction with our Orthopaedic Clinical Residency Program.

Courses will be limited to 32 physical therapists, and there is an expectation that attendees complete reading assignments prior to each course. Participants must take Manual Therapy I prior to enrolling in other any other courses.

Primary Instructors
Kevin P. Farrell, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
Candi Gardner, PT, DPT, OCS, CMT

Tuition and Registration

The below table shows the breakdown of tuition associated with the courses.

All registration and payment for courses must be done through the Physical Therapy Department's online registration system.

For those who need special accommodations or if you have questions about registration, contact our office at 563-333-6403.

Course NameContact Hours*CostSAU Alumni/QCCCE Member
Remaining Cost after
Clin Ed 
Voucher is applied
Manual Therapy I 12 $375 $350 $175
Manual Therapy II
20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy III 20 $500 $450 $300
Manual Therapy IV 8 $215 $200 No Voucher Accepted
Radiology 18 $500 $450 $300

A limited number of Clinical Education Vouchers will be accepted for these courses. Efforts will be made to ensure that there is a distribution of clinical sites that are able to use vouchers. Multiple vouchers from the same site will not be accepted until other sites have had an opportunity to use their vouchers. An individual may only use one voucher per calendar year for the Orthopaedic Course Series.

*See Courses (above) for specific contact hours and requirements.

Register here for the Orthopaedic Course Series


Michael Puthoff, PT, PhD, Program Director

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804

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