New Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy

The University of British Columbia’s Department of Physical Therapy is excited to announce plans for a new, advanced program in manual therapy.

Subject to University approval we hope to begin offering the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (GCOMPT) in the 2017/2018 calendar year. We anticipate, pending approval from UBC and the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapy (FOMPT),   that the GCOMPT will be available as part of the UBC MRSc online degree, which would grant learners Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) status.

Program Highlights

  • Equivalent to the Orthopaedic  Division (CPA) syllabus (Level 3 upper and lower, through to the Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy).
  • Taught by experienced clinicians and instructors.
  • Flexible clinical mentorship assignments with an approved FCAMPT-designated therapist of your choice.
  • Core curriculum delivered part-time over 1 year.
  • A mixture of online and face-to-face learning. In-class sessions will feature a maximum of 10 learners per instructor and will be held at the UBC Vancouver campus

Meet the Team


Carol Kennedy has been an instructor in the Orthopaedic Division Manual Therapy Course System for over 30 years.  She became a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2012 and recently received the Golden Hands Award, which recognizes exceptional orthopaedic physiotherapists who exemplify the commitment to the profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship and research.

May Nolan with students 2009

May Nolan has been practicing and teaching physiotherapy for more than 20 years.  She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT) and the recipient of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s award of excellence in education and the UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching.


Jan Lowcock is the Continuing Professional Development Coordinator for UBC’s Department of Physical Therapy and has taught manual therapy for 28 years.  She has served as an instructor and Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and as an online instructor in the MClSc program at Western University. In 2013, Jan won the Golden Hands award.

More information can be found here