Dr. Deborah J. Doherty, Associate Professor
The Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation (GCOR) is designed to provide advanced theoretical and psychomotor training for physical therapists interested in specializing in the areas of oncology rehabilitation. The GCOR will allow practicing physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapist assistants (with a bachelor’s degree), certified occupational therapist assistants (with a bachelor’s degree), and persons with a masters degree in exercise science, to take graduate-level courses to develop the specialty skills of a master clinician in prevention and management of oncology-related functional limitations of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary, metabolic, cardiopulmonary and vascular systems. Students may apply the 17 GCOR credits towards completion of the Oakland University PhD in Human Movement Science, if they are eligible for admission to these programs.
All GCOR courses are online. Students enrolled in this online graduate certificate program qualify for in-state tuition.
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 Oakland University Graduate School 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
- Professional vitae or resume
- One page narrative goal statement outlining academic and professional goals.
- Proof of physical therapy licensure, registration, certificate (or the equivalent) in the country of residence.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, 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.
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 (B) 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 (B) or above within the first year of their program, to be advanced to full admission.
Students who are considering applying to the Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation may contact the academic adviser for the School of Health Sciences to review prerequisite courses and application requirements. Upon acceptance to the program, students are assigned a faculty adviser.