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Certification in Functional Manual Medicine

As an experienced healthcare provider, you know how to help your patients achieve optimal musculoskeletal health and recovery from an injury. Through the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education program, you now have the opportunity to obtain a certification in manipulative techniques. This will take your credentials to a new level and verify a high-level of proficiency as determined by faculty accomplished in this field.

By taking the courses required for certification, you will learn more about the principles involved in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders amenable to manual medicine methods. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of manual medicine into total care. You’ll receive personalized attention and learn from caring, committed and experienced instructors. You’ll emerge with new skills that will help you optimize your clinical outcomes and a certificate that may advance your career.

Requirements

To sit for the certification exam, you must be a licensed physical therapist or physician who has taken all of the following courses through the College of Osteopathic Medicine:

  • Principles of Manual Medicine (28.25 hours)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques: Part I (34 hours)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques: Part II (34 hours)
  • Craniosacral Techniques: Part I (28.25 hours)
  • Craniosacral Techniques: Part II (20.75 hours)
  • Exercise Prescription as a Complement to Manual Medicine (26.5 hours)
  • Integrated Neuromuscular & Myofascial Release (19 hours)
  • Manual Medicine Related to Sports & Occupational Injuries to the Extremities (20.75 hours)

Why We Offer Certification

  • To recognize demonstrated clinical knowledge and skill in manipulative technique
  • To further establish standards in applying manipulative technique
  • To develop a worldwide referral process with an alliance of certified individuals
  • To develop a pool of prospective instructors who may become future MSUCOM CME faculty

Benefits to Earning Certification

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Referral
  • Recognition
  • Career advancement
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Increased skill-base

Upon satisfactory completion of both the written and oral/practical sections of the exam, you will receive the following:

  • A certificate stating you have completed the requirements for Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine's Manual Medicine Series
  • A formal letter stating the requirements, signed by our faculty for your portfolio
  • Your name and business information listed on our website for referral purposes

Testing Format

The exam is divided into three sections:

  • Written exam: True/False and multiple choice questions for a total of 100 points (1 point each).
  • Practical and Oral exams:  Five testing stations where you will be asked to set up a patient for treatment, demonstrate a treatment, perform a screening sequence, etc.

The written exam will be graded separately from the oral and the practical exams. You will need to pass the written exam and each station of the practical with 75% to receive a certificate of completion. If one section is failed and you pass the others, we will offer a retake in the future.

NOTE: This certification is not for the purpose of licensure or accreditation. It does not change board certification status,  guarantee professional state licensure, or guarantee insurance reimbursement for OMT procedures.

Certification Co-Chairs

Lisa Chase, PT, CFMM, OMPT, Astym Cert., Adjunct Instructor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI. Joined CME faculty in 1999. Faculty for Exercise Prescription as a Complement to Manual Medicine and Muscle Energy: Part I. Private practice, St. Petersburg, FL.

J. Logan Cooper, DPT, OCS, CFMM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI.   Board certified in orthopedics. Joined CME faculty in 2013. Faculty for Principles of Manual Medicine, Muscle Energy: Part I, Advanced Muscle Energy and Integrated Neuromuscular and Myofascial Release.  Table trainer Direct Action Thrust. Private practice, Germantown, MD.

Faculty

Noshir Y. Amaria, DO, ATC, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Sports Medicine at CMU College of Medicine / Team Physician for Central Michigan University; board certified in OMM/NMM (Plus-One) and Family Medicine. Joined CME faculty in 2017. Course co-chair for Manual Medicine Related to Sports and Occupational Injuries to the Extremities.

Shannon Berk, MPT, CFMM, Clinical Adjunct Faculty, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI.  Joined CME faculty in 2014. Faculty for Craniosacral Technique: Part I and Craniosacral Technique: Part II. Private practice, Baltimore, MD.

Lisa DeStefano, DO, Chairperson and Associate Professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan; board certified in Family Medicine and by the American Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Joined CME faculty in 1997. Course chair for Principles of Manual Medicine and Integrated Neuromuscular & Myofascial Release and faculty for Muscle Energy: Part I. 

Robert Dowling, DPT, CFMM, Clinical Adjunct Faculty, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI. Joined CME faculty in 2001. Faculty for Principles of Manual Medicine and Course co-chair for Manual Medicine Related to Sports & Occupational Injuries to the Extremities. Private practice, Fenton, MI.

Edward Isaacs, MD, FAAN, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI. Associate Professor, Neurology, VCU Medical College of Virginia. Fellow, American Academy of Neurology. Joined CME faculty in 1988. Faculty for Muscle Energy: Part I, Advanced Muscle Energy with Clinical Correlations and Direct Action Thrust. Private practice in Richmond, VA.

Carl Steele, DO, PT, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI. Joined CME faculty in 1982. Course chair for Muscle Energy: Part I, Advanced Muscle Energy with Clinical Correlations and Direct Action Thrust: Mobilization with Impulse. Private Practice in Family Medicine, Port Clinton, Ohio.

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