May 22, 2024  
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog 
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program

The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation is an online Athletic Training program designed to provide advanced instruction in orthopedic basic science, surgical considerations for orthopedic rehabilitation, assessment of movement dysfunction, and corrective techniques for movement dysfunction.

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation is to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation.

Length of Program

The Certificate program totals 12 credit hours over four courses. The program could be completed within one semester.


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.

$534.00 per credit hour


Application Process

Students interested in the Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation program, may use the online application available at 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 Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Application Deadline

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

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation program 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.
  3. Candidates accepted for admission to the graduate certificate 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 all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
  5. Applicants to the Athletic Training program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer and provide evidence of state licensure, certification, or registration where applicable.
  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.
    1. See the Minimum Technology Specifications  under the General Admission Requirements section.


Upon completion of the ATSU Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Rehabilitation, students will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Integrate the basic science of connective tissue healing (anatomy, physiology, morphology, histology, and biomechanics) into the management of musculoskeletal injuries.
  2. Describe special considerations for the rehabilitation of patients following Orthopedic surgery of the upper and lower extremities.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of movement dysfunction.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in rehabilitation of movement dysfunction through corrective exercise.