May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Oncology Rehabilitation, Graduate Certificate

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  


Lori Boright, Assistant Professor

Program description

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.

Program delivery

All courses in the Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation are delivered 100% online. Students enrolled in this online graduate certificate program qualify for in-state tuition.  If you are not a U.S. citizen and live outside the United States, you can remain in your country and enroll in this online program without having to apply for a student visa.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Applicants are admitted in the 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  

Application requirements

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

  2. 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.

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Academic advising

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.

Graduate certificate requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 12 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 SAP for all financial aid recipients each semester.

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. Department requirements: An overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher for all coursework taken in the professional program is required for graduation, and no grade below 2.7 (B-) may be applied toward this degree. For courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U), no coursework graded Unsatisfactory (U) may be applied to this degree.

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


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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty 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 adviser and submitted by the student to the Oakland University Graduate School.

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.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

Time limits

All graduate certificate students are expected to complete their degree within the time limit established by the University.

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