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Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation is an online Athletic Training program designed to provide advanced instruction in orthopedic basic science, surgical considerations for orthopedic rehabilitation, assessment of movement dysfunction, and corrective techniques for movement dysfunction.

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation is to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation.

Is the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Orthopaedic program right for you?

  • The flexible online course format is ideal for busy working professionals, and students are free to set the pace of program completion.
  • Certificates can be earned in one academic year, taking one course per block.
  • Practicing clinicians can engage in course work specific to rehabilitation and the assessment of movement dysfunction.
  • You will learn to cutting-edge content in rehabilitation domains taught by athletic training educators with advanced knowledge.
  • Courses completed in this 12-credit-hour certificate program can be used to fulfill the Board of Certification continuing education requirements by earning Level II – Category C: Post Certification College / University Coursework credit.

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Faculty

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      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
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        Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, is dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

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      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is vice dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as chief operating officer of ATSU-ASHS under the direction of the dean. In addition, she leads several university or school wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Chair +

      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the A. T. Still University (ATSU) Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU).

        As the founding chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program and the online Doctor of Health Sciences program, which he currently oversees, in addition to overseeing the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, the Human Anatomy Division, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Division. Dr. Sauers served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education.

        Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

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      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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        Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS ,is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, professor and director of the Athletic Training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.

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      • Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine and Professor
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      • Dr. Alison Valier , PhD, ATC Dr. Alison Valier , PhD, ATC
        Associate Professor and Director of Research Support
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      • Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT
        Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator
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      • Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
        Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
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      • Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC
        Assistant Professor
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      • Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
        Associate Professor
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      • Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC
        Assistant Professor
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      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        Assistant Professor
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      • spacer image for page layout John Parsons, PhD, ATC, AT
        Adjunct faculty
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      • spacer image for page layout Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
        Adjunct faculty
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      • Amanda Vigil, MBA Amanda Vigil, MBA
        Administrative Manager

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Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Admissions

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      1. Candidates accepted for admission to the graduate certificate program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
      2. Applicants to the Athletic Training program must demonstrate Board of Certification certification as an athletic trainer and provide evidence of state licensure/certification/registration, where applicable.
      3. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program.
      4. 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.
      5. Candidates must submit an application form.
      6. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
      7. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
        • Option 1 - English is your first language.
        • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
        • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).

        Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

        • Internet based total score = 80
        • Acceptable IELTS score are an overall band score of 6.5

        The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA, 609. 771.7100. Information is available at A.TSU’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services PO Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100

      Foreign Credential Evaluation

      Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:

      • World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 phone: 212. 966.6311 fax: 212.739.6139
      • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 414.289.3400
      • American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135 202.293-9161
      • FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406
      • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338
      • ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454
  • Tuition +

    • Application fee: $70 Tuition: $494 per credit hour (2016-17 school year)

      Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.

      Federal financial assistance is not available for the Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation.

The Family and Culture

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Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Curriculum Overview

Upon completion of the ATSU Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, students will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Integrate the basic science of connective tissue healing (anatomy, physiology, morphology, histology, and biomechanics) into the management of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Describe special considerations for the rehabilitation of patients following Orthopedic surgery of the upper and lower extremities.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of movement dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation of movement dysfunction through corrective exercise.

Academic Plan

Students will be admitted into the graduate certificate program twice a year. The fall intake will allow students to start their curriculum with certificate courses offered in the University’s fall semester (July to September). The spring intake will allow students to start their curriculum with certificate courses offered in the University’s spring semester (January to March).


  • ATRN 7210: Foundations of Orthopaedic Basic Science+

    • This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer’s 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, articular cartilage, and bone 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. This course provides the orthopaedic basic science foundation for discussion of therapeutic techniques in future rehabilitation courses.

      Offered: Fall Block 1

  • ATRN 7220: Surgical Considerations for Orthopaedic Rehabilitation+

    • This course is designed to enhance the athletic trainer’s knowledge and awareness of common orthopedic surgical techniques utilized in the practice of sports healthcare. Indications, contraindications, and general orthopaedic surgical techniques will be presented. Tissue response to surgical intervention and post-surgical rehabilitation considerations and timelines will be emphasized.

      Offered: Fall Block 2

  • ATRN 7230: Clinical Assessment of Movement Dysfunction+

    • This course introduces and explores normal fundamental patterns of human movement and advanced techniques for movement pattern assessment. Neuro-developmental progression, motor development, motor learning, and motor control concepts will be presented. Utilizing the Dynamic Systems Theory and Tensegrity models, techniques for movement assessment will be outlined and discussed. This course provides the foundational knowledge for the subsequent Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction course.

      Offered: Spring Block 1

  • ATRN 7240: Corrective Techniques for Movement Dysfunction+

    • This course provides the athletic trainer with advanced knowledge in the rehabilitation of orthopedic 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 neuro-developmental progression will be discussed. Assisted, active, and reactive techniques for improving mobility, stability, and movement will be taught.

      Offered: Spring Block 2

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