Musculoskeletal – Spine Graduate Certificate

A physical therapy student and professor Dr. Kim Ennis look over a model of the human spine.

Become a certified spine specialist

Raise your potential: This certificate can lead you to Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT).

Increase your knowledge, methods and results in spine care.

Why earn the musculoskeletal – spine graduate certificate at Missouri State?

  • Level up: This certificate makes you eligible for the COMT exam.
  • Have a rare, nationally recognized credential. We partner with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) to offer courses for COMT eligibility.
  • With the COMT label, you can increase your marketability and salary potential.
  • Learn high-level techniques to provide better patient care and outcomes in spine care.

Certificate in Musculoskeletal – Spine – MRP

Marcia Himes, Interim Department Head and Program Director
McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall, Room 204
Phone 417-836-8998;

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Spine provides 9 hours of advanced musculoskeletal examination and treatment of the lumbar/sacroiliac, cervical, and thoracic spine. Emphasis is on differential diagnosis and manual treatment approaches. Individuals successfully completing this graduate certificate may be eligible to apply for permission to sit for the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) examination.

Admission criteria

  • Candidates for the certificate must be enrolled and be in good standing in a graduate health professions program OR have proof of current professional licensure in a health profession
  • Have permission of both the home and physical therapy department heads.

Required courses (9 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PTE 810 Advanced Musculoskeletal – Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint 3 hrs
PTE 811 Advanced Musculoskeletal – Cervical Spine 3 hrs
PTE 812 Advanced Musculoskeletal – Thoracic Spine 3 hrs

Apply on GradCAS

Apply to this certificate program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections above before you begin.