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2020-2021 ATSU University Catalog 
2020-2021 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Orthopaedics, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedics Program

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedics is an online program providing advanced instruction in the diagnosis, evaluation and patient care management of patients with orthopaedic conditions.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers with advanced knowledge and skills in specific areas of orthopaedics that will enhance the quality and effectiveness of patient care.

Length of Program

The Certificate program consists of 4 courses that could be completed over a year.


Distance programs’ tuition is due the first day of class. For programs with payment per credit or course, the tuition covers the payment for the coming semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year. Tuition: $534 per credit hour.


Application Process

Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation, may use the online application available at http://www.atsu.edu/ashs/programs/athletic_training/index.htm. Applicants can still call 480-219-6000 to be connected with a specific program for more information.

Written requests for applications should be sent to: Arizona School of Health Sciences, Attention: Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Application Deadline

Please contact Admissions at 877.469.2878 or by email at onlineinquiry@atsu.edu for more information regarding the application deadlines for the Certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

  1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ASHS general admission requirements
  2. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program or a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. Applicants must provide official transcripts from the institution attended where their highest degree was conferred.
  5. Applicants to the Certificate program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer.
  6. Candidates must submit an application form.
  7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. See the ASHS English Proficiency section for more details.
  8. Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
    a. See the Minimum Technology Specifications under the General Admission Requirements section.


Orthopaedics Certificate Program Outcome 

Demonstrate advanced practice athletic training knowledge and skills in the specialty area of orthopaedics.


  1. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge and skills in the diagnoses of orthopaedic conditions.
  2. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge and skills in the management of orthopaedic conditions
  3. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge and skills in the application and interpretation of common imaging and laboratory techniques used in the examination of orthopaedic patients.
  4. Demonstrate advanced practice knowledge of common orthopaedic surgical procedures with special emphasis on subsequent rehabilitation considerations.