Why a Fellowship?

Fellowship training programs are designed for clinicians furthering their study in a subspecialty area of practice. We welcome fellows-in-training into a community of learning to strengthen their technical expertise, as well as grow into a leader in the profession.

Our Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowships are evidence-driven, helping to reduce unwarranted practice variation and rely on a culture of outcomes assessment and professional dedication to improving clinical excellence. Our graduates are highly respected for their clinical expertise, efficiency in practice, and ability to model advanced clinical practice and leadership for developing clinicians.

Mary and Ivan mentoring

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

This Fellowship is for physical therapists who want to perform at the highest levels of clinical excellence and obtain the leadership and mentoring skills to open the doors to a variety of career pathways. Our program is the first, and longest-running, post professional physical therapy program in the country and offers a holistic clinical reasoning model, combining the best evidence-based didactic content and clinical techniques to provide a robust and consistent learning experience. Hallmarks of our program are customized one-on-one mentoring throughout the entirety of the program and being immersed in Kaiser Permanente’s innovative clinical environment.

In addition to advanced clinical reasoning and developing outstanding manual therapy psychomotor skills, we also believe that individuals undergoing fellowship training should be poised to become contributing leaders to the profession. Fellows-in-training have the opportunity to teach, are introduced to different leadership roles and learn how to be reflective practitioners. Our program meets the standards set forth by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, and our graduates are eligible to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).

Course Content & Schedule

The Fellowship program is undergoing revision for the 2021-2022 program year and will be accepting applications again Spring of 2022. 

The program is two years long (beginning in September each year), with nine to 12 hours of online learning each week, a full 40-hour work week with patient care (either as a Kaiser employee or continuing your current employment), over 40 in-person weekend lab sessions and 160 hours of one-on-one mentoring.

Over the course of the two-year program, fellows-in-training receive:

  • 160 mentoring hours
  • 1,500 didactic hours
  • 400 mentored clinical practice hours



  • Licensed, or eligible to be licensed, in California
  • Demonstrate competency in musculoskeletal practice
  • And one or more of the following:
    • Two or more years of clinical outpatient experience (with one year in orthopaedics)
    • Orthopaedic Specialist Certification (OCS)
    • Completed an APTA-approved Residency in Orthopedics or related specialty area

Tuition/Fees: Under review


Many of our learners find creative ways working both inside Kaiser Permanente and in the community to make a living while completing our program. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their employment plan with the Program Director during the admissions interview.

There are two primary options for employment while in the Fellowship:

1) Obtain employment with Kaiser Permanente Northern California Rehab Services on your own. These are regular employment positions independent from the Fellowship. Employees of Kaiser Permanente can leverage generous continuing education benefits to help fund their course of study. View open positions at http://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/jobs.aspx.

2)  Obtain employment anywhere within our serviceable geographic range at any orthopaedic PT clinic and and we send faculty to your clinic for mentoring. The clinic would need to agree to support your learning path, allow our faculty in their clinic, and establish a Facility Agreement with Kaiser Permanente prior to the start of your Fellowship.

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Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

Kaiser Permanente Northern California offers a unique, full-time physical therapy fellowship program in orthopaedic manual therapy and musculoskeletal primary care. The program is located at the Vallejo Medical Center, home to the internationally renowned training program in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. The curriculum and clinical training experiences are designed to integrate advanced physical therapy practice skills with an in depth knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders, non-musculoskeletal disorders, and medical screening strategies. These advanced clinical skills enable program graduates to competently and confidently care for patients with musculoskeletal problems in diverse practice settings, including outpatient orthopaedics, primary care, military medicine and other direct access practice venues.

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