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.

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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).

Program 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 15 months long (beginning in the Fall of each year), with 9 to 12 hours of online learning each week.  A fellow-in-training is employed at Kaiser Permanente and works a full 40-hour work week with patient care.  Weekend lab sessions are scheduled monthly and mentoring is scheduled during the 40 hour work week.

Over the course of the program, fellows-in-training receive a minimum of 1000 total program hours including a minimum of 150 one-on-one mentoring hours, theoretical hours, and additional mentored clinical practice hours.



  • Licensed in California prior to the start of the program
  • 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

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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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