Accelerating Professional Development

Azusa Pacific’s Postprofessional Clinical Fellowship in Movement and Performance provides clinical training to accelerate the professional development of physical therapists, helping you become a highly skilled provider of patient care who is a resource for those you serve, as well as competent consumers of and contributors to the scientific literature.

The movement system fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a postprofessional fellowship program for physical therapists. This program is not accredited by CAPTE.

Help Restore and Improve Motion

Movement touches all elements of physical therapy. Whatever practice you are in, whether rehabilitating someone in a hospital setting or working on the side of prevention of falls and injuries, the physical therapist is the expert in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapy today must “shift the consumer perceptions from ‘physical therapists as rehabilitators’ to physical therapists as the experts in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.”

At Azusa Pacific, we support this goal by preparing physical therapists as the first-line healthcare providers to help individuals achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life without prescription medication or the side effects of surgery, minimizing pain and getting them back to daily living.

Patients with musculoskeletal pain continue to constitute the largest group of individuals receiving physical therapy. These patients commonly have movement impairments causing or contributing to their pain and associated disability with motion. Recent advances in the clinical application of exercise science, biomechanical analysis, motor control and motor learning form the basis of this fellowship’s curriculum. These needs led to creation of the movement science fellowship to incorporate these advances into a well defined, efficient training program for physical therapists. Faculty within the program are leaders in this field who previously championed the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Movement Science Fellowship (2003-13), the first such fellowship program in the country.

The movement system fellowship focuses on:

  • Providing highly skilled physical therapy for student athletes, performing artists, and other students attending the university.
  • Producing clinicians who demonstrate superior postprofessional clinical skills, advanced knowledge in an area of clinical practice, and the ability to function as consultants, advocates, and educators of their peers and patients/clients.
  • Increasing the number clinical educators/mentors for future physical therapy interns, fellows, and staff.

Student Outcomes

Fellowship Graduation Rate
Graduation Year Graduation Rate
2020 (4 Fellows) 100%
2019 (6 Fellows) 100%
2018 (4 Fellows) 100%

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education