Assistive Technology Graduate Certificate

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Assistive Technology Graduate Certificate

 Credit Hours: 15

 Program Length: 12-15 months

 Cost: $770 / $845 per credit

The University of New Hampshire's Assistive Technology Certificate exposes students to the most current, cutting edge tools and techniques to help connect individuals with the applications of assistive technology to help provide them with greater independence at home, school, work or play. Students will be encouraged to learn by doing, exploring, creating and applying clinical reasoning skills throughout their guided, online instruction.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is the use of adaptive tools, equipment and systems to help people with disabilities live their lives fully at home, work, school and play. Our certificate program will give you access to the most current, cutting-edge tools and techniques in the field. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or are considering a career change that will allow you to help others, this program will give you the skills to work in a number of areas, including education, engineering, physical and occupational therapy, and rehabilitation counseling.

Why choose UNH’s assistive technology certificate program?

You’ll learn by doing in our assistive technology certificate program, working with full-time faculty who are leaders and innovators in the field, as well as a student success coach. The coursework is split evenly between online content and hands-on interaction with assistive technology devices, tools, and materials. You’ll build valuable skills while learning how to apply assistive technology tools for all ages, disabilities and life functions. Our graduates are encouraged to pursue the National RESNA - Assistive Technology Professional Certification to obtain ATP credentials.

Potential careers

  • Accessibility specialist
  • Adaptive equipment designer
  • Assistive technology consultant
  • Compliance analyst
  • Disability service organization director
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Employment specialist
  • Instructional technology specialist
  • Vocational rehabilitation program administrator

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Curriculum & Requirements

The online graduate certificate in assistive technology is a 15-credit program, available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.  The program provides training in the application of AT for individuals of all ages who experience physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments that affect participation at home, school, or work. Coursework includes basic principles of assessment, selection, fabrication, and training in the use of AT. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide a wide variety of AT services including: conducting AT evaluations and consultations; designing, fabricating, modifying, customizing, and maintaining devices; and AT service coordination. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in collaborative teams and to become leaders in assistive technology. This online graduate certificate program is appropriate for individuals pursuing or engaged in the following careers: occupational, physical, speech, or recreation therapy; rehabilitation counseling; engineering; education; special education; or nursing. The online program includes optional ways to obtain hands-on interaction with AT, including one intensive AT day, on campus, interacting with technology related to each course offered in fall and spring.  For additional program information, please visit our website at the link above.

Certificate Requirements

OT 831Introduction to Assistive Technology Principles2
OT 832Introduction to Assistive Technology Practices2
OT 833Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities for Electronic Devices2
OT 834Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities for the Home, Community and Employment2
OT 835Assistive Technology for Communication and Cognitive Impairments2
OT 836Assistive Technology and Vision and Hearing Impairments2
One approved assistive technology elective course3-4
Total Credits15-16

Deadlines

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1

Application fee: $25

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

Please note that 50% of the content is online and 50% is hands-on interacting with assistive technology during two intensive hands-on exploration weekends. However, for students who are unable to travel to campus, they can submit videos that demonstrate skill acquisition using specific assistive technologies found in their state, facility, school, community, hospital, or current country of residence 

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

Questions

For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: unh.online@unh.edu or 855.250.6699

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year:

  • $770 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $845 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 15 credit hours

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $56.25
  • 9-16 credits $102.50

ADDITIONAL TUITION & FEES INFORMATION 

Our program has five 8-week e-terms per academic calendar year. Students who successfully complete two courses per e-term, as outlined below, earn their certificate in 12 months. Taking fewer courses per term will extend the completion timeframe.

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