Musculoskeletal – Upper Extremity Graduate Certificate

A physical therapy student seated in a chair examines another physical therapy student who is laying on a table.

Focus on the upper limbs

Gain an edge: This certificate can help you earn Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT).

Refine your craft in treating hand/elbow, shoulder and cervical spine injuries.

Why earn the musculoskeletal – upper extremity graduate certificate at Missouri State?

  • Reach a professional milestone. This certificate prepares you for the COMT exam.
  • Our partnership with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) allows us to prepare you for this highly sought credential.
  • Being at the COMT level can lead you to better jobs and pay.
  • As a specialist for the upper extremities, you can provide advanced diagnostic and treatment methods to your patients.

Certificate in Musculoskeletal – Upper Extremity

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 Upper Extremity provides 9 hours of advanced musculoskeletal examination and treatment of the Cervical Spine, Shoulder, and Elbow/Hand. 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 811 Advanced Musculoskeletal – Cervical Spine 3 hrs
PTE 821 Advanced Musculoskeletal - Shoulder 3 hrs
PTE 831 Advanced Musculoskeletal – Elbow and Hand 3 hrs

Apply on GradCAS

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