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Neurocognitive Disorders: Innovative Practice in Dementia Care


This specialty certificate offers clinicians advanced knowledge about cutting-edge developments in research and practice in the field of neurocognitive disorders. Courses are taught by experts in the field including lectures by neurologists and psychiatrists on diagnostic approaches and medical interventions.

Program Features

  • Four graduate level courses (a total of 12 credits)
  • Courses are given in 8-week blocks (except course 1 which is a 14-week block) starting in September
  • The certificate can be completed in 12 months
  • Designed for busy professionals; all courses are 100% online
  • Courses are designed to interface with the OTD program at Jefferson and may be used for graduate credit toward a Doctorate degree in that program

The Jefferson Difference

Technology and information. Students use the latest distance learning tools including discussion boards, synchronous online presentations and live chat to participate in a community of learners. They also have access to professional literature through the Scott Memorial Library and experts on topics such as motor learning, sensory integration and constrained induced movement therapy.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or higher.


The curriculum consists of four graduate-level courses (a total of 12 credits) that can be used toward a doctoral degree.

Course Credits
Advanced Evidence-Based Practice 3
Neurocognitive Disorders: State of the Science in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 3
Advanced Concepts in Neurocognitive Disorders and Caregiving across Practice Contexts 3
Applying the Evidence: Treating Neurocognitive Disorders in Context 3


Tuition is assessed per credit at the graduate level. Please visit the Registrar’s tuition page to view the current fees. Use the drop down menu to choose Jefferson College of Health Professions and Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program to view current per credit tuition rate. University technology and library fees are assessed each semester.

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.

Yes. The complete certificate is 12 credits, all of which will transfer into the OTD program at Jefferson. Courses are taught at the graduate level and may be transferred to another institution.

Classes meet online generally one evening per week.

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 an online class and additional time for reading and completing assignments.

Professional Development Units (PDU) for these courses are available through your professional organization.

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.

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. 

Neurocognitive Disorders Brochure

Contact Info

Course Coordinator & Primary Instructor
Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L
Clinical Director, Jefferson Elder Care

How to Apply

Complete the non-matriculated student form (be sure to complete all information).                                                                                    E-mail to

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!

Students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

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