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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation


  

Department of Human Movement Science
3077 Human Health Building  (map)
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Coordinator:
Kristine A. Thompson
3077 Human Health Building
(248) 370-4041
kathomps@oakland.edu

Program description

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.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

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  2. 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.

Certificate requirements


The Graduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation program is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 17 credits in an approved program of study.

Satisfactory academic progress


Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for all financial aid recipients. The required types of monitoring include Time Limit, Completion Rate, Excessive Withdrawals and GPA Requirements. Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing


All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing  throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the applicable program and maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements:  In order to remain in good standing at the graduate level, students must maintain a minimum graduate 3.0 GPA or better. Credit toward the graduate certificate will not be given for courses with grades under 2.7. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information


Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree program requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)