Why UM-Flint

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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


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: May 1




Physical Therapy Post-Professional Clinical Certificates/Credentialed APTA Residency

The Clinical Physical Therapy Certificate program consists of 18 credits of didactic coursework and 6 credits of advanced practicum for ongoing mentoring and clinical advanced practice. Generally, Doctoral-prepared, licensed PT’s can complete the online, didactic requirements of 5 courses with the additional advanced practicum course in 18 to 24 months. The program recognizes the contribution experience plays in developing physical therapy leaders and presents courses with immediate applicability to real world practice.


Clinical Certificate Course Requirements

One of the following groups of courses, in sequence:

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
PTP 695 - Advanced Physiology in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders.  
PTP 696 - Evidence-Based Examination and Outcomes in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Practice.  
PTP 697 - Evidence-Based Plan of Care in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Practice. 
PTP 796 - Case Studies in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT.  
PTP 797 - Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT in the Health Care System.   
Remaining courses TBA

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 787 - Case Studies in Geriatric PT. 
PTP 788 - Geriatric PT in the Health Care System. 
Remaining courses TBA

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 777 - Case Studies in Neurologic PT. 
PTP 778 - Neurologic PT in the Health Care System. 
Remaining courses TBA

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 775 - Case Studies in Orthopedic PT. 
PTP 776 - Orthopedic PT in the Health Care System. 
Remaining courses TBA

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 790 - Case Studies in Pediatric PT. 
PTP 791 - Pediatric PT in the Health Care System. 
Remaining courses TBA

Credentialed APTA Residency Additional Requirement*

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
PTP 805 - Advanced Practicum in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy.  
PTP 803 - Advanced Practicum in Geriatric Physical Therapy.  
PTP 802 - Advanced Practicum in Neurologic Physical Therapy.  
PTP 801 - Advanced Practicum in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  
PTP 804 - Advanced Practicum in Pediatric Physical Therapy.  

Sequence Requirements
Courses in the online, part-time, Post-Professional Clinical Certificates and Credentialed APTA Residency programs are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. It is important for students to recognize that the Post-Professional Clinical 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 Clinical Certificate and Credentialed APTA Residency programs.


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