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  • Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation


    Drexel’s accredited online Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation provides physical therapists and occupational therapists with advanced specialization in multiple facets of pediatric rehabilitation, including early intervention, school-based practice, or other pediatric services in a professional learning community. Practitioners will learn to enhance their comprehension of family and client-centered practice in diverse settings.

    View our program pamphlet for a more detailed overview of the program.

    Program Features

    • Courses taught by internationally-recognized on-campus faculty from Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Opportunity and resources to prepare students for specialty certification (PCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
    • 30 year department history of pediatric physical therapy teaching, research and service
    • Wholly online coursework in a dynamic and interactive learning environment

    For questions, please contact:

    Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA, Professor
    Program Director

    Erin Gabriele, MS
    Admissions Coordinator
    Department of Physical Therapy & Rehab Sciences

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Select 12.0 credits:12.0
    PTRS 740
    Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation 
    PTRS 760
    Pediatric Decision Making 
    PTRS 761
    Pediatric Clinical Application 
    PTRS 772
    Selected Topics in Pediatrics 
    PTRS 780
    Foundations of School-Based Practice 
    PTRS 781
    Advanced Competencies in School-Based Practice 

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree in any field 
      • A current U.S. OT or PT license

      Required Documents

      With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Two letters of recommendation
        • These letters should outline your personal qualities as a clinician and insight into your academic abilities, and come from co-workers including OT's, PT's, physicians, or other healthcare professionals.
        • Letters from supervisors or academic faculty are highly encouraged.
      • One-page essay expressing why you want to enroll in the program
      • Resume
      • A copy of current U.S. OT or PT license with a visible expiration date
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $571 per credit.

      • This rate applies only to new online students.
        • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


      Academic Calendar

      2016-2017 Academic Year

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2016     

      September 19, 2016

      December 3, 2016

      December 5, 2016

      December 10, 2016

      Winter 2017 

      January 9, 2017

      March 18, 2017

      March 20, 2017

      March 25, 2017

      Spring 2017 

      April 3, 2017

      June 10, 2017

      June 12, 2017

      June 16, 2017

      Summer 2017 

      June 26, 2017

      September 2, 2017

      September 5, 2017

      September 9, 2017

      2017-2018 Academic Year

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2017     

      September 25, 2017

      December 9, 2017

      December 11, 2017

      December 16, 2017

      Winter 2018 

      January 8, 2018

      March 17, 2018

      March 19, 2018

      March 24, 2018

      Spring 2018 

      April 2, 2018

      June 9, 2018

      June 11, 2018

      June 15, 2018

      Summer 2018 

      June 25, 2018

      September 1, 2018

      September 4, 2018

      September 8, 2018

      Apply today for the Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation

      Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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