John R. Krauss
3077 Human Health Building
The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedics is a one-year, part-time certificate with a broader area of focus than the OMPT program at Oakland University. The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedics will offer additional flexibility and another point of entry for individuals interested in pursuing graduate education at Oakland University. Coursework in this program may be applied toward the post entry-level Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT), the Master of Science (MS), or the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
The graduate certificate program is offered as a part-time course of study accommodating the needs of working professionals. Students enrolled in the program will participate in 17 credits of coursework including orthopedic theory, techniques, and clinical training. Courses are offered primarily on a weekend and evening basis.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Applicants are admitted fall, winter and summer semesters. 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.
- February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
- October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
- March 1 (regular) for summer semester
- International applicants
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 from an APTA accredited program or its equivalent.
- Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Professional vitae or resume
- One-page narrative goal statement outlining academic and professional goals
- Applicants must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who do not have a license upon admission will be considered for admission with limited standing. Proof of licensure is required to register for courses with clinical hours.
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 16 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.