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Upper Quarter Course

Time limit: 180 days

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Course Description

The upper quarter course focuses on the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s clinical practice guidelines on the upper quarter. The course starts with shoulder joint, discussing shoulder pain with mobility deficits, movement coordination impairments and rotator cuff tears. Next will be elbow, wrist and hand, with a focus on mobility deficits, stiffness, movement coordination impairments, hand pain and sensory deficits.

Course Features

  • Combination of didactic lectures, guided independent study and skill demonstration videos
  • Asynchronous lectures that can be completed at your own pace
  • Online assessments for each course
  • Integration of the APTA’s Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy’s Clinical Practice Guidelines

Course Goals

  • Explain the history of the impingement model and its limitations
  • Reference current research on the high potential of false positives with diagnostic imaging
  • Describe the limitations of traditional physical therapy diagnosis and treatment models
  • Explain the biopsychosocial model of health care delivery 
  • Describe current recommended PT evaluation/treatment paradigm 

Courses are taught by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Orthopeadic Physical Therapy Residency faculty who have been recognized for their contributions to education, research and practice management. The faculty offer the highest caliber of training and an opportunity for students to become distinguished leaders in evidence-based orthopaedic and manual physical therapy practice.

All instructors are either Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in either Orthopaedic (OCS) or Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) or Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.


  • Julie Finocchiaro, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Ryan Cummings, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Kevin McLaughlin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Andrew Kunin, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • John Dale, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
  • Ryerson Stinson, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

All instructors are either Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), Board-Certified Clinical Specialists in either Orthopaedic (OCS) or Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) or Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.


After successfully completing the course, learners will receive a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 


The Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Certificate Program (the “Program”) is NOT specifically designed to serve as a preparatory course for the specialist examination for Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and Johns Hopkins has no responsibility and disclaims all liability related to the success or lack there-of on such examination by Program participants.  Moreover, the Program is available to participants of varying clinical backgrounds, and completion of the Program does not qualify a participant to practice as an orthopaedic physical therapist.  Participants are advised to comply with the scope of practice for their specialty as defined by the licensure authority in their jurisdiction, and/or the applicable regulations set forth by the state or country where participant practices.  Participation in the Program is evidence of the participant’s acknowledgement and agreement with the foregoing statements.

Learning Prerequisites

There are no specific course prerequisites. You will need to have English language fluency.

Technical Prerequisites

The course will take place on the Canvas LMS ( You will need the ability to log on to the platform, preferably using Google Chrome, to complete the content, which will include videos, readings, and assignments. You may also need to take part in other activities on

  • Hardware requirements: computer; webcam; microphone and speakers or headset.
  • Software requirements: Google Chrome web browser; access to; Zoom web conferencing; Microsoft Office or similar; email

Course Lifecycle and Access

After registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration. You will be granted access to the course, which includes complete course information. Please check the course listing for additional information on course access dates. For synchronous courses, learners will have access to the Canvas course for the duration of the course. For asynchronous courses, learners will have access for 180 days after registration. 

Tuition Remission

This course may qualify for tuition remission. Please check for guidelines. If you are interested in using tuition remission, please email the OOE support email with your request.

Refund Policy and Timeline

  • Synchronous Courses
    • Refunds may be requested up to the start of the live activity, unless otherwise noted. All refund requests will incur a 10% processing fee.
  • Asynchronous Courses
    • Refunds are not allowed for active asynchronous courses.

Technical Support Statement

Please direct all technical support requests to the OOE support email. We will respond to requests within 24-48 hours. Requests received on weekends, overnights and holidays will be responded to on the next business day.

Accessibility Statement

JHU SOM is committed to providing all participants with the opportunity to pursue excellence in their learning endeavors. This includes providing disability related accommodations and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our goal of delivering accessible, inclusive experiences. If you require accommodations to complete this course, please reach out to the  OOE support email. Please do not include any personal identifiable information such as social security number in any messages. 


JHU is not approved by Middle States for direct assessment credentials for academic credit. This course results in a certificate of completion. It will not show on any JHU transcripts and does not count toward an academic record.