Educational Programs

The Primary Spine Practitioner Certificate Program.

PSPN Education This is an assessment-based certificate program for chiropractors, physical therapists or other eligible individuals*. This category of practitioner was described in a recent publication [Click Here for the Article].Details on the roles, required skills, and purpose of this practitioner can be found in that publication. Further details can be found in the required textbook, Murphy DR. "Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain™ Volume I: Primary Management of Low Back Disorders Using the CRISP™ Protocols". Pawtucket, RI: CRISP Education and Research, 2013 available on (click here).

The training program consists of a 100-hour postgraduate curriculum. Thirty-six of the hours involve live seminars and the remaining 64 hours involve distance learning, in the form of reading assignments and online presentations. After completion of the coursework, there will be a written examination. Those who complete all the coursework and pass the examination will be designated as a Certified Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP-C). Individuals who, in addition to satisfying the requirements for PSP-C status, also undergo a minimum of 100 hours of experiential training under the supervision of an established Primary Spine Practitioner will achieve the designation of Diplomate Primary Spine Practitioner (PSP-D).

Donald Murphy Low Back DisordersThe topics covered in the distance learning section of the program can be found here [Click Here] (note: topics and time designations are subject to change)

The training programs are led by Donald R. Murphy, DC, DACAN (for Dr. Murphy’s bio,click here) but features a diverse faculty of highly accomplished individuals within the spine field. To see the faculty list, click here.

The require text is Clinical Reasoning in Spine Pain Volume I: Primary Management of Low Back Disorders Using the CRISP Protocols. This can be found at (click here)





* Physical therapists who wish to become fully certified as PSPs will require:

1. A DPT degree OR Orthopedic Specialist Certification OR evidence of an acceptable level of postgraduate training in differential diagnosis/ medical screening AND;

2. Evidence of an acceptable level of training in manipulation, including high velocity, low amplitude techniques

Practitioners other than chiropractors or physical therapists who wish to become fully certified as PSPs will require an MD, DO, NP or PA degree AND evidence of an acceptable level of training in manual therapy, including manipulation (high and low velocity techniques). This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Any practitioner who does not meet these requirements is free to take the training however they will not be eligible to sit for the certification examination until the requirements are met.