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Assistive and Adaptive Technology Certificate


Spalding's graduate certificate program in Assistive and Adaptive Technology will prepare you to provide AT services for individuals with a disability at home, school, work or play, and it will help you develop knowledge on how to prescribe durable medical equipment (DME). You'll learn to work in collaboration with a team implementing recommended AT solutions and stand out as a leader in AT service provision. All courses will include innovative, online experiential learning and lab experiences for assistive technology competence development. As you earn your graduate certificate in Assistive and Adaptive Technology, you'll be able to demonstrate critical reasoning skills and competence for selecting and using assistive technology devices for individuals with disabilities to fully engage in education, work, and community environments. At the conclusion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the RESNA exam once exam-required work experience hours have been met for the title of Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). Read more about our certificate program.


  • You’ll benefit from innovative, online learning
  • You’ll develop the critical skills and competencies for selecting and using assistive technology devices
  • You’ll be equipped to empower others to fully engage in their education, work and community environments.
  • You’ll be prepared to sit for the RESNA exam once exam-required work experience hours have been met. See the ATP Exam eligibility requirements.

Spalding undergraduate students studying occupational therapy, education, athletic training, nursing, psychology or communication may be eligible–with program chair approval–to take courses in this program.

Program Details

This 15-credit-hour certificate program applies to individuals who have completed at least their bachelor’s degree and are pursuing or engaged in careers in occupational therapy, education, special education, applied behavioral analysis, nursing, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, recreational therapy, or engineering.

  • 15 total credit hours, including one 3-hour elective of your choice
  • $580 per credit hour
  • Required courses in assistive technology, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, education and communication.

See our admission requirements.


In your foundational courses, you will:

  • Learn the principles and practices of AT
  • Become familiar with assessment tools
  • Explore potential sources of funding
  • Examine the various technologies for individuals with sensory, communicative, cognitive  and physical disabilities

You’ll also have the opportunity to expand your learning with an elective course of your choice. See our course offerings.

Students seeking a graduate certificate in Assistive and Adaptive Technology can substitute two three-credit-hour courses for OT 950Z if pursuing a dual post-professional OTD with an AT certificate.


Admission Requirements

In addition to a completed online application, we require the following for admission to our program:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Evidence of professional certification or license (if applicable)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous coursework

If you are accepted into the program, you will be eligible to begin classes at the start of the next trimester.

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Contact Us

Dr. Cindee Quake-Rapp
OTD Program Chair
Call (502) 873-4217
Email Dr. Quake-Rapp