Post-Professional Certificate in Pediatrics

This program is designed to provide learning experiences in pediatric practice for practicing occupational and physical therapists using an adult learning model. Students in the program must complete four 3-credit graduate courses within a 4-semester time frame. Students can take greater than one course per semester, and are encouraged to do so particularly in the summer semester. One course is required: Advanced Practice Pediatric Issues and Trends (HP 600). This course should be taken in the first semester of enrollment. Students can take an additional course at the same time they take this course. Students can enter the program in either the summer or fall semesters. Class size is expected to be 12-20 students per course.

A combination delivery model of face-to-face and distance learning is used. Each course is offered in one or both of the following two delivery systems, depending on the best way to facilitate learning objectives. The first delivery model is one to four days of on campus learning, with the use of distance education tools in between. Misericordia University uses Blackboard as the platform for distance education. Training will be provided on how to use this fascinating Internet tool. The other delivery model includes workshop model, with a five day intensive on-campus learning experience.

Courses that may be applied to the certificate in pediatrics include: Advanced Practice Pediatric Issues and Trends (HP 600); Pediatric Evaluation (HP 605), Treatment and Evaluation of Pediatric Feeding Issues (HP 615), Sensory Integration Treatment and Evaluation (HP 625); School Based Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy (HP 635); Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Issues and Interventions (HP 645); Early Intervention (HP 650); Evidence-based Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Evaluation for Children with Central Nervous System Dysfunction (HP 655); Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delay: Evaluation and Intervention Strategies (HP 660); Seating in Pediatric Practice (HP 665); and, Special Topics: Vision Rehabilitation (HP 610).