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

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher (no specific field of study is required) from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants should have experience working with individuals with disabilities or the desire to work with individuals with disabilities to provide assistive technology services.

Submit an application to the UNH Graduate School with the following:

  • Prior college transcripts
  • Two letters  of recommendation
  • Personal Statement Essay

Graduate School Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Priority consideration is given to students whose applications and required materials are received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall/August Admission (e-Term 1):  Applications due July 1st 
  • Spring/January Admission (e-Term 3):  Applications due December 1st

  • Summer/May Admission (e-Term 5): Applications due April 1st

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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