ISPI’s acclaimed Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification 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: TPS + DPT can be completed in 12-18 months

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

Prerequisites: Applicants must be Physical Therapists

The Outcome

  • Become a certified, highly skilled, autonomous practitioner with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of chronic pain.
  • 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
  • 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.

TPS Course Work

Core Course Work

Topic Course Work
  • ISPI-TPS 6151A – Neurodynamics I
  • ISPI-TPS 6152 – Too Hot to Handle
  • ISPI-TPS 6151B – Neurodynamics II
  • ISPI-TPS 6154 – Everything Hurts
  • ISPI-TPS 6156 – Business of Chronic Pain
  • ISPI-TPS 6155 – Perioperative Neuroscience Education
Capstone Exams
  • ISPI-TPS 7180 – TPS Capstone Examination

Postprofessional DPT Course Work

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
  • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles and Responsibilities


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.