Course description

This course is designed to enhance student’s knowledge and development of advanced clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) dysfunctions of the lower quadrant (lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, and lower extremity peripheral joints). Students will expand on their understanding of the value and interpretation of the clinical history and build on their existing fundamentals of the physical examination of the lower quadrant. Clinical history and physical examination findings will be interpreted according to the principles of evidence informed practice utilizing a biopsychosocial approach to patient centred care. Concepts of advanced clinical reasoning, reflective practice, critical and analytical thinking will be integrated throughout the course. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of a multimodal treatment approach to the management of acute and persistent/recurrent neuromusculoskeletal injuries of the lower quadrant including education, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, prognosis, and prevention. These elements will be considered and critically evaluated to develop effective strategies for targeted assessment and treatment in each region of the lower quadrant.


Friday February 16
8:00am-11:00am (Online/Virtual)
Saturday February 17
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)
Sunday February 18
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)

Friday March 22
4:00pm-7:00pm (Online/Virtual)
Saturday March 23
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)
Sunday March 24
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)

Friday April 5
8:00am-11:00am (Online/Virtual)
Saturday April 6
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)
Sunday April 7
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)

Friday April 26
4:00pm-7:00pm (Online/Virtual)
Saturday April 27
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)
Sunday April 28
8:00am-4:00pm (In-Person)

Exam Window: Friday May 3 – Sunday May 5

** in addition to the course times listed above, there will be at least 3-4 hours of at-home self study assigned PRIOR to each course weekend.

Registration closes: January 26, 2024

Registration deadlines are in place to ensure the integrity of the course being offered. Therefore, a $50 late fee will be applied to any student who wishes to register once the registration deadline date has passed.


Course Cost:

$1575.00 ($1500 + $75.00 GST) (Orthopaedic Division Member)
$1811.25 ($1725 + $86.25 GST) (CPA Member)
$1942.50 ($1850 + $92.50 GST) (Non-Member)

Registration will be refunded in full if the course is cancelled by the participant more than a month prior to the start of the course, less a $25.00 admin fee.
A $250.00 cancellation fee applies if you cancel your registration within a month of the start of the course. Once the course has started no refund can be issued.

** Proof of completion of Level 1 is required to begin the course. Please be able to produce the certificate upon request, but you do not need to bring to class.

The New Orthopaedic Division e-Manuals (online) are the required reference materials for this course. The fee for the e-Manuals is a ONE-TIME fee of $125.00+tax which grants you access to the clinical techniques manual for the highest Level of course you have participated in, as well as the e-Theory Manual. Your access to the “living” updated versions of the manuals will remain in place as long as you participate in an AIM Level Course every two years. If two years lapse since your last course with us, you will still have access to the manuals, but not their future updated versions.

If you have never paid the $125.00 fee you will be provided with instructions to complete the purchase about 2-4 weeks before the start of the course.

If you have paid the $125.00 previously (including at Level 1) your access/permissions will automatically be upgraded about 2-4 weeks before the start of the course.

There are also recommended text books along with the new e-manuals. You can start looking to purchase the following texts to compliment:

Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy 8th edition – Keith Moore, Arthur Dailey, Anne Agur. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2014.
Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4th Edition – Gwen Jull, Ann Moore, Deborah Falla, Jeremy Lewis, Christopher McCarthy, Michele Stirling. Elsevier 2015.
Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists 5th edition – Catherine Goodman, Teresa Snyder, Elsevier 2013.

COVID-19 Considerations:

The educators must ensure that cleaning supplies are on-site before permitting any participants into the facility.
The cleaning supplies shall be used by the students, as directed by the educators.
During the training period, each student is responsible to ensure the cleanliness of their own workspace. The student is required to clean and disinfect their workspace before and after use of the space each day.
All attendees are responsible for cleaning their own electronic devices (computers, phones, charging cords).
Each student must ensure that they fully clean and disinfect all surfaces that they use during their training session prior to their own use and again once they have completed the use of the space, equipment, or tool.
All attendees must wear a mask at all times while on-site at the training facility. All attendees must use appropriate donning and doffing procedure for masks.
Attendees must wash their hands using soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon entry and before exiting the facility. Attendees must also wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after cleaning and disinfecting their equipment and before working with new people.
The requirement to wear gloves will be determined by each provincial health organization. Wearing gloves does not replace the need to perform hand hygiene and may not be required if hand hygiene is possible.
Individuals should avoid touching their eyes, face, and mouth, whether wearing gloves or not.
Attendees must arrive to the course in clean freshly laundered clothing.
Students will be required to tie back long hair.
Students will work with a designated group of 2 to 4 at all times without exception.
Students are not permitted to eat or drink on premises of course.
Items not intended for use on the floor shall not be placed on the floor at any time.
No exercises will be performed with an attendee on the floor without the use of a properly disinfected mat.
No exercises will be performed with the attendee utilizing space on the facility walls (ie wall slides, finger walk for shoulder AAROM).
Attendees are discouraged from bringing unnecessary items with them for the course – bags, coats, etc
You will be required to sign an additional waiver and answer an online covid screening questionnaire each day before participating and bring the result page showing you passed for the instructor to view. As well, closely self-monitor for ongoing symptoms and report back to the course organizer immediately if any develop.

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