Orthopedic Primary Care (OPC) Course Redesigned


The OPC 2.0 format covers the same core curriculum in a more user-friendly format, requiring less travel while providing more hands-on practice. With didactic content available online, students can master required readings and submit assignments at their own pace in preparation for on-site intensive workshops focusing exclusively on mastering clinical skills.

The new format will also allow participants more flexibility to pace their didactic learning and assignment submissions prior to each on-site skills workshop.


Musculoskeletal Fundamentals for Primary Care Providers

  • Prepares clinicians to diagnose and manage common orthopedic conditions in primary care settings.
  • Emphasizes evidence-based, non-surgical approaches to maximizing function, managing pain, preventing injury, and slowing disease progression.
  • 4 Modules: Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Spine, and Special Skills--each with its associated weekend hands-on workshop.
  • Each module consists of approximately 30 to 40 hours of online learning and 12 to 16 hours of hands-on practice, for a total of approximately 65 CEUs per module and 250 CEUs for the entire course.
  • Skills workshops: functional anatomy, exam techniques, radiology, casting and splinting, injections, assistive devices and exercise prescription.
  • Modules may be taken in any order. If all four are completed within 18 months, the price of the final module is discounted 50%.
  • Curriculum was approved in 2015 by Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing.
  • Certificate of completion of 250 hours of Orthopedic Primary Care education by BRN approved provider.
  • Proof of continuing education hours will be provided at the completion of each module (online assignments and workshops). Upon completion of all four modules, a Certificate of Completion of the Orthopedic Primary Care course will be provided.

Enrollment Open to:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Currently enrolled NP and DNP Students
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Assistants*
  • Primary Care Physicians*

* Continuing medical education provider status pending.

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For more information on the fundamental issues this course is designed to address, please see the article published by two of Jackson Orthopedic Foundation's principals in the September 2014 issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners---linked below in PDF format.