Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Clinical Physical Therapy Certificate Programs Apart?

FOCUS:
  • UM-Flint's Clinical Physical Therapy Certificate programs assist practicing physical therapists with their DPT to prepare for ABPTS Specialist Certification in Orthopedics (OCS), Geriatrics (GCS), Neurology (NCS), and Pediatrics (PCS).
  • You will learn with a diverse group of clinicians who desire to collaborate in a learning process that advances clinical skills and decision-making.
  • You will apply the most current and relevant evidence to individual patient management.
FLEXIBILITY:
  • Required advanced clinical practice hours and mentoring happen wherever you are working as a physical therapist, providing the career flexibility to achieve optimal work/life balance while advancing your practice.
  • Fitting in a clinical certificate program to advance your practice can be challenging. For this reason, all courses of the program are fully online, and most are offered in a semester (14-week) or accelerated (10-week) format.
RESOURCES:
  • Content is presented online from an evidence-based practice perspective using the APTA's Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) in each specialty area.
  • The majority of the learning materials are delivered electronically using an online course management system (Blackboard) and through synchronous sessions using various technologies.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Physical Therapy degree from an accredited institution 
  • Current physical therapy license in the United States or Canada
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher in the physical therapy degree
  • Current CPR certification

Applying

To be considered for admission, please submit the items listed for your program of choice to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Supplemental Application form
  • Official transcripts from the institution where your Physical Therapy degree was earned 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation: We strongly suggest that you include individuals who are able to comment on your academic and clinical abilities, such as a former supervisor or instructor from an accredited physical therapy program and/or another healthcare professional you have worked with in the past.
  • Statement of Purpose: Attach or submit separately a career statement. It should be typed and double-spaced. Please use the following questions, as they relate to your clinical/academic circumstances, to assist in the preparation of your career statement:
    • What are the current diagnoses you examine?
    • What are your professional goals or objectives related to advanced practice?
    • How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
    • How will the Certificate program at UM-Flint facilitate the accomplishment of your professional goals in advanced practice?
    • How will you contribute to the physical therapy profession related to your area of advanced practice?
  • Copy of current Physical Therapy license issued in the United States or Canada
  • Copy of current CPR card
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

An interview (by telephone or in person) with a Physical Therapy faculty member will be scheduled after review of your application materials.

Application Deadline for all specializations besides Neurology (Fall Admission): May 1

Neurology Deadline (Winter Admission Only): August 31

 

 

Courses

Physical Therapy Post-Professional Clinical Certificate Program

The Physical Therapy Certificate program consists of 18 credits of didactic coursework.  Doctorally-prepared, licensed PT’s will complete the online, didactic requirements of 5 courses.  The program recognizes the contribution experience plays in developing physical therapy leaders and presents courses with immediate applicability to real world practice.

Course Requirements

One of the following groups of courses, in sequence:

Geriatrics
PTP 686 - Advances in the Physiology of Aging in Geriatric Diseases and Disorders. 
PTP 687 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Geriatric Practice. 
PTP 688 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Geriatric Practice. 
PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization.  
PTP 787 - Case Studies in Geriatric PT. 
PTP 788 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Geriatric Physical Therapy. 

Neurology
PTP 677 - Advances in Neuroscience in Neurologic Diseases and Disorders.   
PTP 678 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Neurologic Practice. 
PTP 679 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Neurologic Practice.  
PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization. 
PTP 777 - Case Studies in Neurologic PT. 
PTP 778 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Neurologic Physical Therapy. 

Orthopedics
PTP 674 - Advances in Histology, Anatomy and Kinesiology in Musculoskeletal Diseases & Disorders.  
PTP 675 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Practice. 
PTP 676 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Musculoskeletal Practice. 
PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization. 
PTP 775 - Case Studies in Orthopedic PT. 
PTP 776 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. 

Pediatrics
PTP 690 - Advances in Development in Pediatric Diseases and Disorders. 
PTP 691 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Pediatric Practice. 
PTP 692 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Pediatric Practice. 
PTP 774 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Advanced Practice and Clinical Specialization. 
PTP 790 - Case Studies in Pediatric PT. 
PTP 791 - Health Policy and Practice Administration in Pediatric Physical Therapy. 

Sequence Requirements
Courses in the online, part-time, Post-Professional Certificate programs are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence.  It is important for students to recognize that the Post-Professional Certificate program is not just a series of courses but instead, a professional preparation for specialty practice in which appropriate sequence is critical for assuring intended educational outcomes. There are no course transfers or waiver of courses in the Post-Professional Certificate Program .

 

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