Certificates for Advanced Practice
Neuroscience: A Foundation for OT
Teaching in the Digital Age
Innovative Practice with Older Adults
The certificate in advanced neuroscience is designed for registered and licensed occupational and physical therapists who want advanced study of neuroscience and neuro-based intervention strategies. The curriculum consists of four graduate level courses (a total of 12 credits) that can be used towards a master's or doctoral degree. The Program Coordinator and Primary Instructor is Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, vice chairman and professor and director of the Sensory Integration laboratory.
- 4 graduate level courses (12 credits)
- Courses are given in three 8-week blocks and one 14-week block
- Complete the certificate in 12 months
- Courses start in September, January, March and May
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in occupational or physical therapy
How much time should I expect to devote to the program?
The program is designed for part-time study so that practicing therapists can complete the certificate while maintaining employment and personal obligations. Students can expect to spend 3 hours a week in class and additional time for reading and doing assignments.
Will the certificate credits transfer to a Jefferson degree program?
Yes. The complete certificate is 12 credits, all of which will transfer into the MS or OTD program at Jefferson. Courses are taught at the graduate level and may be transferred to another institution.
Are the courses applicable for continuing education credit?
Formal academic coursework relevant to occupational therapy or to the occupational therapist’s professional role is applicable for professional development units with an equivalency of 1 credit hour/semester = 10 PDUs. (2010 NBCOT Certification Renewal Handbook)
For Physical Therapists, documentation is available, such as class syllabi, final transcripts, certificate of completion, and so forth, which can be submitted to the appropriate State Board for continuing education approval.
Can I take classes out of order?
Courses are usually taken consecutively. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis.
Jefferson alumni receive a 25% tuition discount. Employers may have funds budgeted to pay for tuition, either as tuition reimbursement programs or continuing education funds. For information about how to pay tuition and a monthly payment program click here.
What kind of learning experiences will be used?
The curriculum allows for a dynamic interactive learning environment using the latest technology for distance learning which allows access to a variety of experts on specific topic areas.
What resources can I access via the Web?
Jefferson’s resources, including library collections, services and technology, are easy to navigate via a distance format. The instructor will guide you through this process.
|Course 1: OT 778 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|Course 2: OT 751 Foundations of Neuroscience||3|
|Course 3: OT 753 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience I||3|
|Course 4: OT 754 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience II||3|
Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L, OTD Director
How to Apply
Complete the non-matriculated student form (be sure to complete all information)
E-mail form to Jaclyn.Magee
@jefferson.edu. We will initiate the process for registration.
You will then be registered for the course and notified by the Tuition Office and the Department of Occupational Therapy
You start class online from anywhere you are!