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Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

Certificate in Rehabilitation

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation is an online program providing advanced instruction in foundations of tissue healing, assessment and correction of movement dysfunction, and considerations for moving from rehabilitation to sport performance.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers with advanced knowledge and skills in specific areas of rehabilitation that will enhance the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

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Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation program must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

      1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) general admission requirements.
      2. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
      3. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program or a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
      4. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
      5. Applicants to the certificate program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer.
      6. Candidates must submit an application form.
      7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to ATSU-ASHS. See the ATSU-ASHS English Proficiency section of the University Catalog for more details.
      8. Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
        • See the Minimum Technology Specifications under the General Admission Requirements section.

  • Tuition and Financial Services+

    • Distance programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year. Tuition: $534 per credit hour.

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Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate the basic science of connective tissue healing (anatomy, physiology, morphology, histology, and biomechanics) into the management of musculoskeletal injuries.
  2. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of movement dysfunction.
  3. Develop advanced practice knowledge and skills in rehabilitation of movement dysfunction through corrective exercise.
  4. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge of transitioning from rehabilitation to sport performance.

Length of program: The certificate program consists of four courses that could be completed over a year’s time.

To earn a graduate rehabilitation certificate, all students must:

  • Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses and clinical rotations;
  • Discharge all financial obligations to ASHS-ATSU;
  • File all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar’s Office, 800 West Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501; 800.626.5266, ext. 2356;
  • Foundations of Tissue Healing +

    • This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainers’ ability to plan and implement a comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation program based on the sequential biological events of connective tissue healing. Orthopaedic basic science concepts involved in clinical assessment, establishment of therapeutic objectives, and selection of therapeutic agents will be addressed. The histology, morphology, and biomechanics of soft connective tissues, muscle, articular cartilage, and peripheral nerves will be presented. Subsequently, the basic science of tissue healing following injury will be covered. Special focus is placed on the relationships between tissue healing physiology and selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions. Current topics in soft tissue healing and rehabilitation, including viscosupplementation, graft ligamentization, and biologic treatment techniques will be discussed. This course provides the orthopaedic basic science foundation for discussion of therapeutic techniques in future rehabilitation courses.

  • Assessment of Movement Dysfunction +

    • This course introduces and explores the foundational concepts of structure and function as they relate to fundamental patterns of human movement. Neuro-developmental progression, motor development, motor learning, and motor control concepts will be presented. Utilizing dynamic systems theory and tensegrity models, factors contributing to movement dysfunction will be identified and techniques for movement assessment will be outlined and discussed. Following the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of movement dysfunction

  • Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction +

    • This course provides the athletic trainer with advanced knowledge in the rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries, by utilizing corrective techniques to restore movement patterns and function. Emphasis is placed on integration of tensegrity and dynamic systems models to develop a sequential and progressive rehabilitation program, centered on restoration of movement patterns in fundamental, transitional, and functional postures. Concepts of mobility, sensorimotor control, movement patterning, and neurodevelopmental progression will be studied. Assisted, active, and reactive techniques for improving mobility, stability, and movement will be taught.

  • Rehabilitation Considerations for Sport Performance+

    • This course provides the athletic trainer with the advanced knowledge on how to bridge the gap from rehabilitation to sport performance. Neuromuscular considerations such as psychomotor and somatosensory control will be explored. Considerations for strength training, time under tension, power development and athletic movement prescription will be examined. Following this course, the athletic trainer will be able to develop a comprehensive program for the athlete who is returning to sport post-injury.

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