Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification

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About the Purdue Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Certification

This multidisciplinary specialty certification will equip health care providers with evidence-based therapeutic approaches to treat the millions of patients who suffer with persistent pain and place these providers in a key position to combat the opioid epidemic.

The Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification curriculum covers treatments such as pain neuroscience education, graded motor imagery, pacing, graded exposure and more. TPS is an interdisciplinary pain certification, open to various health care providers, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and others.

The six-month certification is designed for working professionals who want to advance their career and improve patient outcomes, but who need flexibility to work around their professional and personal responsibilities.

Choose Between Online or Hybrid Learning

Participants in the TPS Certification can choose between two tracks:

Online: All coursework is completed online and features didactic and collaborative experiences.
Length: 6 months | Tuition: $5,100

Hybrid: In addition to online didactic and collaborative coursework, this track also includes two on-site clinical education weekends. We recommend this track for the most in-depth learning experience.
Length: 6 months | Tuition: $5,800

Program Outcomes

  • Become a certified, highly skilled, autonomous practitioner with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Make evidence-based practice an immediate reality in your clinical practice.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and psychomotor skills to improve decision-making and outcomes of care.
  • Improve your knowledge of current evidence related to pain neuroscience. 

Scott Newberry
Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) Graduate

Application Deadlines:

Winter cohort - December 1
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Spring cohort - February 1
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Summer cohort - June 1
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Fall cohort - August 1
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Who can apply?

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Doctors of Osteopathy
  • Massage Therapists
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses


For Physical Therapists Only:

A Post-professional DPT can be added to the (TPS) Certification through additional coursework and at an additional cost. Please contact us for more information on this option.

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