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MASTERY CERTIFICATION IN MANUAL THERAPY

In today's competitive environment, it is important for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy clinicians to demonstrate competency in their areas of clinical interest and expertise.

The Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy is a continuing education training program that offers expanded study and clinical practicum in the most important, effective and most widely used areas of Manual Therapy.

Manual Therapy is considered the most effective approach to treat Musculoskeletal Dysfunction. Unlike other training seminars and programs that teach one single approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction, our program offers a unique comprehensive approach that integrates 47 years of clinical experience of Dr. Kostopoulos & K. Rizopoulos with some of the teachings of leading manual therapy doctors such as: Travell & Simons, Maitland & Butler, Elvey, Janda, Lewit, Chaitow, Kaltenborn, Paris & others. This program offers to the clinician a series of comprehensive training seminars with immediate clinical applications that enable the clinician to demonstrate competency and become an expert in the subject.


Price: $2950.00

The curriculum is flexible and is designed for the working professional. You can complete the MCMT program in as little as two years from the time you get accepted into the program. Hands-On Seminars also allows two of the courses to be completed at the convenience of your home as Home Study courses and still be eligible to complete the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy.

Who can attend the MCMT program?
PTs, PTAs, OTs, MDs & DOs with an interest in the area of Manual Therapy are candidates for the program. OTAs and CMTs may take all courses offered in this program and at the end achieve a Mastery Certification in Soft Tissue or an MCMT if this is allowed by their state regulations. PTAs, on the other hands, as a result of recent information obtained by the CAPTE Central Panel (updated 9/6/2012), will now receive the MCMT certification rather than a Mastery of Certification in Soft Tissue. However, they will in no way be allowed to perform thrust techniques during the course.

What are the requirements to achieve MCMT Certification?
1) The MCMT Candidate must submit an MCMT enrollment application provided free of charge.

2) The candidate must complete 20 credit units (CUs) and can attend the following courses at their own pace:

PT-01 An Intensive Training on Trigger Point, MyoFascial &
Proprioceptive Therapy Upper (3 CUs)

PT-02 A Comprehensive Manual Therapy Approach for
Cervical Spine Pathology (3 CUs)

PT-03 A Comprehensive Manual Therapy Approach for
Lumbar Spine Pathology (3 CUs)

PT-04 A Comprehensive Manual Therapy Approach for Shoulder,
Elbow and Hand Pathology (3 CUs)

PT-05 A Comprehensive Manual Therapy Approach for Hip,
Knee and Foot Pathology (3 CUs)

PT-MCMT Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy (5 CUs)

  • Hands-On Seminars also allows two of the courses to be completed at the convenience of your home as Home Study courses and still be eligible to complete the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy.

3) The MCMT Candidate must complete an assignment within 90 days after the completion of each course

4) The MCMT Candidate must purchase, read, watch, practice and utilize the various books, DVDs, posters and other educational materials associated with the program. These materials are offered at a deep discount for MCMT students. It is recommended that students read the book and watch the DVD before they attend the actual live course. This allows them to assimilate the information faster and more complete.

5) Pass the written and lab exam offered during the PT-MCMT course.

When and where can these courses be attended? Is there an order that I have to take the courses?
All courses are offered by Hands-On Seminars and its affiliate organizations several times every year in various regions in the US and abroad. Students have the flexibility to attend to any of these courses.

All of the courses can be taken in any order and they have no prerequisite.

Do I have to take an exam to be awarded CUs (note: CEUs are awarded regardless of take home assignment submission)?
Yes. After the attendance of each of our courses you will be given a take home assignment. You will be awarded the CUs as soon as we receive the exam and the administrative fee. The exam has a Pass/Fail score. In the rare event that you fail the exam you can retake it up to three times. You will have to submit the exam within 90 days from the date of the live course or an additional late fee of $75 will apply.

Do I get awarded regular Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the state where I belong?
When we teach in states that require CEUs we always apply with the state and we award state CEUs for our courses. We only award CEUs for licensed professionals in the states in which the course(s) are held. For those that are coming from a state in which HOS is not holding courses during the calendar year, the approval process could be completed by any one individual. All of the information needed is on our web site www.handsonseminars.com.

Can I take your courses without going for the Mastery Certification?
Yes. Most of the people that attend our courses do not participate in the Mastery Certification program. The MCMT program is appropriate only for those few who want to excel and to become experts in the area of Manual Therapy Treatment.

What happens during the PT-MCMT (Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy) course and what are the requirements for me to attend?
The PT-MCMT course is open ONLY to those students who have completed PT-01 to PT-05 or equivalent and have purchased all materials that are associated with each course (those include The Manual of Trigger Point and Proprioceptive Therapy, PT-01 through PT-05 DVD’s, and the Posters of Manual Therapy). The participants need to have submitted all the assignments from each course PT-01 through PT-05 at least two weeks before attending the MCMT certification course. The certification course will provide an overall review of all manual therapy techniques taught in the previous courses, along with certain advanced technique details. A written and practical exam will take place during the course. All students are expected to pass these exams since the previous training provided during our course sequence is very thorough and intense.

What is the Clinical Fellowship?
The clinical fellowship is NOT required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy. The purpose of the Clinical Fellowship is to improve the clinical skills and Hands-On application of the various manual therapy techniques to those students who want a more complete experience. The Clinical Fellowship takes place in our New York facilities and in some of our affiliate facilities abroad. In the future we will have the capacity to offer clinical fellowships in other areas. The student spends 2 weeks in our facilities with one or more of the instructors. The training includes: direct instruction, method review, direct patient evaluations, direct patient treatment sessions, technique correction and method variability, differential diagnosis, issues on patient communication, discussion and decision making on case study. The cost of the clinical fellowship is $3,500.

Is the Clinical Fellowship required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy?
The clinical fellowship is NOT required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy.

What is the case study?
The case study is part of the Clinical Fellowship. The case study is NOT required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy. The purpose if the case study is to enhance the writing abilities of the therapist and encourage them to write and publish clinical case studies. We will help you to develop and write a case study of a specific patient of yours. You may even elect to write about one of the patients that you will treat during your clinical fellowship. Sometimes, people put some extra effort and create a publishable product, though it is not a requirement of the program. Details of the case study will be discussed during your clinical fellowship. The case study is a very easy process to complete.

Is the Case Study required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy?
The Case Study is NOT required for the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy.

Can I put any initials next to my name after completing the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy program?
You are allowed to use MCMT - Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy next to your name. You need to understand though that certifications are not academic degrees. They are rather designations of recognition for accomplishing an organized, comprehensive and competitive program, which includes specific testing procedures. When you successfully finish the program you can use the MCMT designation.

What can I do if I have taken some of your courses in the past?
If you have taken any of our courses in the past you can get credit by taking the take Home Exam and paying the administrative fee of $30 per Credit Unit.

Example: F.K. had attended the Trigger Point course a year ago. What does he need to do?

He must contact 1-888-767-5003 and submit a free of charge application to participate in the Mastery Certification In Manual Therapy program. He must then request the take home exam for PT-01. Return back to us the completed exam along with the applicable administrative fee ($30 per CU X 3 CUs = $90). A $75 late fee may apply if you took the course more than 90 days from the day that you will submit your assignment. Take then the rest of the required courses. After completion of the above he can obtain the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy.

Can I use credits from your Home Study courses towards the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy?

Yes. You can substitute up to 2 of the 5 required courses with our Home Study Courses. Essentially you can attend 3 of the live courses and 2 of the Home Study Courses and this will qualify you to attend the PT-MCMT course to get certified.

What can I do to enroll in the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy program and what should I expect?

  • Fill out an application and return it to us in order for us to create a student folder.
  • Start taking our courses PT-01 to PT-05 in any sequence you wish.
  • Upon completion of each course complete the take home assignment and return it to us so that we award to you the required credit.
  • Upon completion of all 5 courses and the purchase of the necessary materials you can register for PT-MCMT course (Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy course).
  • Successfully complete the written and practical exam during the PT-MCMT course and become Certified In Manual Therapy.

How can I obtain an application and get more information?
Call Hands-On Seminars at 1-888-767-5003 and we will guide you through the entire process. We can fill out your application over the phone or submit the one electronically.

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I wanted to let you know, how much I appreciated attending PT01 with Dr. Kostopoulos. The clarity, organization and positive way in which he presented the material, helped me to understand it completely. The lab session and lecture part given by Christine, was great! Her knowlege and hands on experience, encouraged me to perform the lab sessions with confidence. Because of such a positive learning experience, I registered for the rest of the seminar series. Thank you again for a great seminar, looking forward to PT2, PT3, PT4, PT5.
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