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. 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. However, in some cases, students may be permitted to enroll in other classes first and take this course next available date. Students can take an additional course at the same time as they take HP 600. 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 three days of on campus learning, with the use of distance education tools in between. Misericordia University uses Blackboard as the platform for distance education. The second delivery model is an on campus day, with the remaining coursework completed on a distance education platform. A third delivery model includes a four or 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); 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).

Students in the pediatric certificate program may not be eligible for Title IV funding.