America is in pain. Current data indicates 100 million people in the US suffer from some form of persistent pain – despite injections, surgery, and opioid medications increasing at alarming rates. The evidence for therapeutic approaches in treating people with pain is ever-increasing, resulting in treatments such as therapeutic neuroscience education, graded motor imagery, pacing, graded exposure and more.

TPS is a true interdisciplinary pain certification, open to various healthcare providers including but not limited to, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and psychologists. The majority of TPS happens wherever you happen to be. Coursework, lasting approximately five months, consists of a dynamic combination of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a blend of distance learning, online courses, and weekend intensive on-site courses. The on-site courses occur at EIM Network Partners and academic centers located in key geographic areas around the country.

The Outcome

TPS is designed so that you will:

  • Become a certified, highly skilled, autonomous practitioner with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Make evidence-based practice an immediate reality in your clinical practice.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and psychomotor skills to improve decision-making and outcomes of care.
  • Improve your knowledge of current evidence related to pain neuroscience

Curricula

Download Therapeutic Pain Specialist Calendar

Download Therapeutic Pain Specialist Curriculum

Core Course Work for 2017 Cohorts

  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
  • Weekend Intensive I – 2 day onsite (Including TNE, Too Hot To Handle, and Neurodynamics)
    • Winter 2017 Cohort:March 18-19, 2017: DMU – Des Moines, IA
    • Spring 2017 Cohort: May 13-14, 2017: Minneapolis, MN
    • Summer 2017 Cohort: September 16-17, 2017: UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
    • Fall 2017 Cohort: November 11-12, 2017: Greenville, SC
  • Weekend Intensive II – 2 day onsite (Including Focus on Function TNE Labs and Practical Application)
    • Winter 2017 Cohort: April 8-9, 2017: DMU – Des Moines, IA
    • Spring 2017 Cohort: June 3-4, 2017: Minneapolis, MN
    • Summer 2017 Cohort: October 7-8, 2017: UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
    • Fall 2017 Cohort: December 2-3, 2017: Greenville, SC
Topic Course Work
  • Neurodynamics I
  • Too Hot to Handle
  • Neurodynamics II
  • Everything Hurts
Capstone Exams
  • Online Cumulative Capstone Examination

*Therapeutic Neuroscience Education, Neurodynamics I, and Too Hot To Handle are prerequisites for Weekend Intensive I.

**Weekend Intensive I is a prerequisite for Weekend Intensive II.

Postprofessional DPT can be added to the Therapeutic Pain Specialist Curriculum for an additional 18 credits of coursework to include:

Core Course Work
  • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
  • ORPT 6510 – Management of Lumbopelvic Disorders
  • ORPT 6530 – Management of Cervical and Thoracic Disorders
Topic Courses
  • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
  • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
  • BUSI 6200 – Business Management Principles for the Physical Therapist

Additional Resources

Additional TPS Program Information

TPS Introduction Video