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McKenzie Method

December 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm




UPDATED: December 6-8, 2019   Click Here to Register

Friday 2 – 7 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

(Part B will be offered January 24-26, 2020 – Register for Part B HERE)

Continuing Education 

Online Hours – 5 hours per part (note: must be completed prior to attending classroom component)

Classroom Hours – 21 hours per part

Total – 26 hours for Part A

PACE Approval 7011

California CE pending

To request CE coverage in your state please email: [email protected]

Some states require applications for approval that must be submitted 3+ months in advance. Please allow time for applications to be filed.


University of Western States

2900 NE 132nd Ave.  Portland, OR 97230


Jane Borgehammar, PT, MS, OCS, PAAOMPT, Dip MDT

Jonathan Soltys, DC, MS, CertMDT


Practitioner: First time completing part – with CE credit.  Min. 15 days in adv. $650.  W/in 14 days of part $695

Practitioner:  Repeat of same part within 5 years – with CE credit.  Min 15 days in adv. $350.  W/in 14 days of part $395

Practitioner: Repeat of same part within 5 years – no CE credit.  Min 15 days in adv. $325.  W/in 14 days of part $370

Student Intern: First time – Min 15 days in adv. $495.  W/in 14 days of part $525

Student Intern: Repeat of same part prior to graduating – Min 15 days in adv. $250.  W/in 14 days of part $275

Register online at www.ClinicalCE.org

(630) 258-4841

[email protected]

Course Descriptions: www.McKenzieInstitute.org


McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) is an evidence based system of assessment, classification, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders that is safe, reliable, valid and predictive. Its comprehensive framework allows a clinician to screen, categorize, apply tailored treatment and a preventative program for each patient.

Attendees will learn how to assess cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine complaints and categorize them into mechanical sub-groups based on symptomatic, mechanical and functional responses to repeated spinal movements and/or static positioning enabling the clinician to accurately and efficiently triage patients. Clinicians will learn the importance of centralization of symptoms and directional preference. Patient management, including progression of forces up to and including spinal manipulation will be emphasized. Patient education regarding postural correction and the application of functional spinal and extremity movements for the self-treatment aspect of care are stressed. Clinicians will learn how this process promotes patient empowerment, increases satisfaction with treatment, improves outcomes and is cost effective.

Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) training courses:

  • Part A – Lumbar Spine – 26 hours (21.0 classroom + 5.0 online)
  • Part B – Cervical & Thoracic Spine – 26 hours (21.0 classroom + 5.0 online)
  • Part C – Advanced Lumbar Spine & Lower Extremities – 28 hours (no online)
  • Part D – Advanced Cervical & Thoracic Spine & Upper Extremities – 28 hours (no online)

Part A must be completed prior to Part B
Part A must be completed prior to Part C (completion of Part B is not a requirement to complete Part C as long as Part A is complete)
Parts A, B & C must be completed prior to Part D

How MDT Adds Value to Chiropractic Practice

McKenzie Method is listed as ‘Recommended’ for the treatment of neck and low back pain in the U.S. Official Disability Guidelines (ODG), which Workers Compensation Boards in the U.S. utilize. Currently, no named chiropractic technique is listed.

McKenzie is well-known and accepted throughout the medical community which in turn can help a DC market their practice to those professions.

The MDT assessment incorporates repeated test movements in various planes and/or static positions to determine the direction in which a patient needs to move and with how much force to begin (based on centralization of symptoms and changes to obstructed movement). This can be especially important to a DC as it not only helps improve safety but it can also help validate the direction of the adjustment. By determining a directional preference, there is a much greater likelihood that a patient’s pain will reduce or abolish in a short time period. This can allow a DC to introduce active care rehabilitation earlier in the patient’s treatment, which can demonstrate even further value to third party payers. There are 63 studies on the efficacy of centralization of symptoms and directional preference.

With patients that are in too much pain or have contraindications to being adjusted, McKenzie Method offers safe and effective treatment protocols.

There is far less physical stress to a DC utilizing McKenzie Method in comparison to other spinal or extremity techniques. This helps to protect a DC’s shoulders, low back, wrists and thumbs.

In the U.S., McKenzie is strategically situated to help DC’s with the transition from Fee-For-Service Reimbursement to Value-Based Reimbursement. Instead of providers being paid by the number of visits and services they provide (fee-for-service), payments will be based on the value of care they deliver.

McKenzie is the largest spine care / rehabilitation referral network in the world. Once credentialed*, a DC is automatically included in this network. Currently, there are only 135 credentialed DC’s worldwide.

Course Highlights

Attendees gain valuable experience as patients with neck, low back and/or extremity conditions are assessed and treated by an expert in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (conditions assessed are dependent on the specific course).

Each course includes a significant amount of practical training (both assessment & treatment procedures).

Attendees receive a printed manual with all journal references, a patient education book (Treat Your Own Back or Neck), McKenzie assessment forms (paper & electronic), a McKenzie Lumbar roll, a certificate of completion for each course and 6-months of access to the McKenzie Institute’s procedure video library.

Credentialing in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) involves completion of Courses A-D and successful passing of the credentialing exam. Individuals must be licensed and in clinical practice before being eligible to sit for the examination.


Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing conducive for exercise for the practical portions of the course.


Hampton Hall 1 – UWS Campus
2900 NE 132nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230 United States
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Cancellation policy
Cancellation Fee: $50.00 (written notification required) Note: Tuition is non-refundable or transferable if notice is received within fourteen (14) days of the course's start date.