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Certification Program

Yes. Effective January 27, 2009, if you failed an exam you are responsible for the costs associated to retake the exam. This policy is retroactive and will not be modified under any circumstances. The cost is the same price as the initial examination fee. You may pay the retake price with a credit card or check. You must contact the OGI at info@olagrimsby.com to schedule the retake examination.

Residency

Residency Leading to a DMT Degree and Fellowship Program FAQ

Yes. Effective January 27, 2009, if you failed an exam you are responsible for the costs associated to retake the exam. This policy is retroactive and will not be modified under any circumstance. The cost is the same price as the initial examination fee. You may pay the retake price with a credit card or check. You must contact the OGI at info@olagrimsby.com to schedule the retake examination.

Yes. However, let me elaborate on the answer. The OCS is not a degree and is simply a curriculum based on theory through articles and research. It is an excellent curriculum as an expansion to the entry level PT curriculum, but it has no clinical components and is simply examined through a computer test. The OGI DMT curriculum is a registered academic degree with extensive evidence based curriculum including a strong clinical component of assessment and interventions within manual therapy and orthopedics. Although the two programs may be compared as to area of interest, the OGI curriculum is far superior as a program for clinical skill and competence. In addition we offer a research component as the first portfolio toward a full blown PhD.

We no longer request pre-requisites for residencies, except a PT or MD, DO degree. However, we do recommend the students to take an MT-1 to get a taste of what they are getting themselves into.

The Ola Grimsby Institute was based on the Norwegian approach to manual therapy about 35 year ago. Over time we have modified the curriculum to an eclectic approach which in itself is a school of thought. Through the various influences from other manual therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors our institute has grown from a technique concept to very extensive programs in assessments and interventions. Our degree granting authority and emphases on clinical research has today more then 60 PhD dissertations completed or in progress. Our syllabus include courses in pharmacology,radiology, clinical psychology, lab tests and procedures, electro neuro myography, nutrition and supplements and series of advanced courses in biomechanics, histology, pathology and trans-professional topics that is coordinated to a scientific model for everything we do clinically. As leading educators on 3 continents with some 45,000 students taught, we represent a unique and progressive educational curriculum in sports, rheuma and orthopedic rehabilitation. 
Do I have to complete the Ola Grimsby residency in order to enter the fellowship program?

Our programs are a progression of degree granting units: Residency with a Doctor of Manual Therapy. Fellowship with the research progressing from a portfolio to a research proposal and the PhD with a dissertation. To be accepted as a degree granting organization students must meet the pre requisites which require our residency curriculum prior to attending the Fellowship, and the DMT portfolio from the residency and the proposal from the Fellowship to attend the third year’s PhD dissertation. For this reason you would have to take the Residency curriculum and do the portfolio research with us first. This may be done in a short period of time as an independent student.

You can become an independent student, but would have to do the courses and the internship in the United States. – Or, – get 12 more Physical Therapists interested and we can put a program on in your country.

COURSES

Continuing Education Registration F.A.Q.

To sign up for courses, please Register Online or inquire at info@olagrimsby.com

All efforts are made to avoid processing your payment unless the course is confirmed to run. Due to online registration automation, your payment may be processed with the course canceling later. In these cases a prompt refund will be provided. You may also have the option of transferring your registration to a different OGI course.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to the course start date.

Courses are confirmed 30 days prior to the start date and are dependent upon sufficient registrants. Courses may be closed due to insufficient enrollment. The OGI office will notify you via e-mail.

Yes. Effective January 27, 2009, if you failed an exam you are responsible for the costs associated to retake the exam. This policy is retroactive and will not be modified under any circumstance. The cost is the same price as the initial examination fee. You may pay the retake price with a credit card or check. You must contact the OGI office at info@olagrimsby.com to schedule the retake examination.

The MT-1 is no longer a prerequisite, but is strongly recommended, for our manual therapy and exercise courses. The homestudy version provides a lengthy written discussion on the concepts, but the seminar is best for discussion on clinical application of the basic science principles. This course was initially created in the 1970s, being consistently updated since. It  has served as the scientific “Evidence” for manual therapy and exercise before the term Evidence-based Medicine existed. It  bridges the gap between basic sciences and actual clinical application. You will learn how many of the traditions on rehabilitation and exercise are not consistent with the scientific evidence.

According to the APTA, in general, PTAs are welcome at courses that included evaluative techniques. However, it would be inappropriate for the PTA to be tested for knowledge acquisition or skill development or competency in anything related to evaluation. In OGI, PTAs may enroll in MT1 Basic Science Intro, MT7 Soft Tissue Mobilization, and all six of the STEP classes (Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions) STEP1-6.

Yes, the OGI is an approved NATA-BOC provider.

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