Kristine A. Thompson
3077 Human Health Building
The Graduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation (GCNR) is designed to provide advanced theoretical and clinical training for physical and occupational therapists interested in specializing in the areas of neurorehabilitation and geriatrics. The GCNR will allow practicing therapists to take graduate-level courses aimed at developing the specialty skills of a master clinician in treating those individuals with a neurological injury such a stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. Physical therapists may apply the 17 GCNR credits toward completion of the post-professional Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree program, the post-professional Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree program, or the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Occupational therapists who gain specialization in neurological rehabilitation, however, are not eligible for the Master of Science in Physical Therapy or the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degrees.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Applicants are admitted Fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Applicants must have earned an entry-level degree in physical therapy and in occupational therapy.
- Professional vitae or resume
- One-page narrative goal statement outlining academic and professional goals
- Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the U.S. or Canada or currently enrolled in a post-professional Doctor of Science, transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, or Master of Science in physical therapy degree program
- Two years of clinical experience is highly recommended
- International applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and arrange for their official GRE scores to be submitted to Oakland University. The institution code for Oakland University is 1497.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 with the appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation may be considered for admission with limited standing. Applicants who qualify for this admission status must complete a minimum of 8 credits of graduate-level work with a GPA of 3.0 or above within the first year of their program, to be advanced to full admission.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.