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Keith Wobeser, PT, OCS, 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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What is COMT Certification?

MAPS courses are organized in a series to maximize learning and prepare eligible participants for Certification Examinations. All six core courses; MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, MT-4, MT-ST and MT-O (MT-ST and MT-O can be taken any time in the sequence) must be completed prior to sitting the COMT Certification Examinations. Those candidates who pass these rigorous exams may adopt the professional designation of Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT), indicative of an intermediate level of competency in manual therapy. COMTs have the option of being included in MAPS' national directory of skilled Manual Therapists.

COMT Description: A rigorous examination process that tests the candidate's knowledge of the competencies learned in the Core MAPS Curriculum Prerequisites. Multiple exam components: written short-answer, multiple choice, video-patient exam, 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 834 COMTs as of December 31, 2017.

COMT Prerequisites: Upon application, open to PTs, MDs, and DOs, who have completed MT-1, MT-2, MT-3, MT-4, MT-ST and MT-O. No discounts or refunds available for certification.

COMT Re-Certification: To ensure that COMTs maintain a high degree of competency in manual therapy, COMTs are required to satisfy additional continuing education requirements over a five year period in order to maintain their MAPS Certification designation. Details on re-certification can be found under Recertification Requirements.
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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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