ISPI’s acclaimed Certified Spinal Manual Therapist (CSMT) program can be completed in conjunction with Evidence In Motion’s Musculoskeletal Postprofessional DPT. The program includes a comprehensive blend of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a combination of distance learning, online courses, weekend intensive hands-on courses, and clinical practice hours.


Program Length: CSMT + DPT can be completed in 18-24 months

Program Directors: Dr. Adriaan Louw & Dr. Julie Whitman (CSMT and DPT, respectively)

Prerequisites: Applicants must be Physical Therapists

The Outcome

  • Create highly skilled spinal manual therapists with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of the spine within a pain science paradigm
  • Improve therapists’ knowledge of current evidence and promote the use of evidence-based practice in daily clinical practice
  • Enhance leadership skills to create master clinicians in the field of spinal manual therapy
  • Grow as practitioners grounded in the principles of evidence-based medicine and become experts at integrating that knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Flourish in a cutting edge educational environment that integrates state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Gain skills to confidently and professionally interact with other members of the health care team and provide leadership in the care for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Promote life-long learning for themselves and other physical therapists.

CSMT Course Work

Core Coursework

  • Introduction to Manual Therapy (online version)
  • The Cervical Spine: A Manual Therapy and Pain Science Approach  (online version)
  • The Lumbar Spine: A Manual Therapy and Pain Science Approach  (online version)
  • Onsite Weekend Intensive: Cervical Spine Course 
    • July 13, 2019 at Des Moines University (Winter & Spring Cohorts)
    • December 7, 2019 at Des Moines University (Fall Cohort)
  • Onsite Weekend Intensive: Lumbar Spine Course
    • July 14, 2019 at Des Moines University (Winter & Spring Cohorts)
    • December 8, 2019 at Des Moines University (Fall Cohort)
  • The Thoracic Spine: A Manual Therapy and Pain Science Approach (online version)
  • A Sudy of Neurodynamics: The Body’s Living Alarm (online version)
  • Onsite Weekend Intensive: Neurodynamics Course 
    • May 18, 2019 at Des Moines University (All Cohorts)
  • Onsite Weekend Intensive:Thoracic Spine Course
    • May 19, 2019 at Des Moines University (All Cohorts)
  • Spinal Manipulation I (online version)
  • The Lower Quadrant: A Differential Diagnosis Approach to Manual Therapy (online version)
  • The Upper Quadrant: A Differential Diagnosis Approach to Manaul Therapy (online version)
  • Onsite Intensive: Spinal Manipulation, Case Studies, & Lab Testing
    • February 23, 2019 at Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital
      • No CSMT testing available. Must attend one of the testing dates at Des Moines University.
    • August 10, 2019 at Des Moines University (Fall & Summer Cohorts)
      • CSMT testing on August 11, 2019 at Des Moines University.
    • November 16, 2019 at Des Moines University (Winter & Spring Cohorts)
      • CSMT testing on November 17, 2019 at Des Moines University.
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education (online version)

Postprofessional DPT Course Work

Core Course Work

  • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
  • ORPT 6520 – Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
  • ORPT 6540 – Management of Upper Extremity 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



Please note  that the postprofessional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Postprofessional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the postprofessional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.