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Robert J. Fluegel, PT, COMT
MAPS Faculty, Fellow in Training, MAPS Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship

Chris R. Showalter, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Fellowship Program Director

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COMT Certification

COMT Exam Description (2+ Days)
A rigorous examination process that tests the candidate's knowledge of the competencies learned in the Core MAPS Curriculum Prerequisites. These competencies were presented/learned in MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, MT-ST, MT-O and MT-4. Multiple exam components: written short-answer, multiple choice, and an OSCE-oral/practical (a hands-on exam of manual skills). Emphasizes clinical decision-making, advanced orthopedic clinical practice, accurate techniques of assessment/treatment, effective treatment progression and safety. Examinations take two days, but scheduling for the written and practical exams vary, and participants must be available for testing all three days, or as directed in their final confirmation letters.

MAPS has certified 704 COMTs as of July 1, 2015.

COMT Exam Requirements
Exam requires the following prerequisites: MT-1: Essential Peripheral Seminar, MT-2: Essential Spinal Seminar, MT-3: Intermediate Spinal Seminar, MT-ST: Stabilization Training & Functional Rehabilitation Seminar, MT-O: Evidence-Based Orthopedic Diagnostic Evaluation Seminar, and MT-4: Differential Assessment & Clinical Reasoning Seminar.. Open to PTs and Physicians. Enrollment limited.

COMT Exam Objectives
Applicants who achieve a passing grade will become CERTIFIED at the Intermediate level of Manual Physiotherapy, and may adopt the designation of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) as a professional credential. Includes complimentary nationwide listing on for one year.

Course is $975
COMT Exam Application
MAPS Refund/Cancellation Policy

Course Testimonials

"Since the COMT certification, I have wanted to say thanks to you and your staff for taking the time to teach and challenge me to be a better physical therapist, manual therapist, and most importantly a better "thinker". I have been working as a mentor for the orthopaedic residents and further appreciate just how far my clinical reasoning has grown when working with them. Though I have been practicing for 18 yrs, I would say I have grown the most in the last 2-3 years as I have worked toward completing my COMT. I wanted to keep this brief and really let you know I appreciate what you have done for me and our profession. I look forward to hosting the Maitland family in the Salt Lake City area and will be in touch with you staff."
Whitney Meier Brooklyn, NY January 2013


All COMT Certification Testimonials


Find a COMT Course Schedule Course Descriptions Register for Courses Faculty
Looking for a COMT? This list of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (or COMTs) includes all COMT graduates worldwide, as well as MAPS faculty. We suggest that you visit this page often to check course confirmation status and to find new courses which are added frequently. Our seminars incorporate the teaching of Geoff Maitland and others who have contributed to what has become known as the "Maitland-Australian Approach". Registering for classes is easy. Submit full payment with the registration form. Reservations are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Come meet our world-class faculty. Each of our faculty has experience in a wide variety of manual therapy practices and specialty areas.


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