Integrated Care ASD

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree 
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 19.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please check back in summer 2022 for an update.

About the Program

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that has significant health implications across the lifespan for affected people and for family members.

This certificate program focuses specifically on the integrated care of the complex health problems of people affected by autism spectrum disorder, as well as the collaborations among patients, families, and healthcare providers. The program prepares students to pursue a highly innovative role in an area of practice in which the value of care needs to be developed. Graduates of the certificate program will reshape how care is provided to people with ASD in multiple settings across the lifespan.

This post-baccalaureate certificate is designed for healthcare professionals already working in fields such as pediatrics, family practice, mental health, and school health. Students in master's programs may pursue this certificate as a graduate concentration to achieve a specialization in autism spectrum disorder care. Students in the master's programs may also take courses to fulfill elective requirements

Goals and Objectives

a. To provide post-baccalaureate healthcare providers with information on adapting their professional practice to meet the unique healthcare needs of people with autism spectrum disorders, across the lifespan;

b. The program offers in-depth practical understanding of prevalence, etiology and clinical characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in the context of the family and an interdisciplinary team approach to care;

c. To integrate scientific and evidence based knowledge of autism spectrum disorder with the clinical skills of a range of healthcare professions including nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, creative arts therapist, social workers, occupational therapists and others who specialize in the pediatric population;

d. To integrate scientific and evidence based knowledge of autism spectrum disorder with the clinical skills of a range of healthcare professions including nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, creative arts therapist, social workers, occupational therapists and others who specialize in the adult population; and

e. To formulate a practice philosophy and long-term professional agenda in ASD care to include practice, education, and research.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required.
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable).
     

Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:

  • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
  • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
  • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
     

TOEFL Requirement
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing. and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status.

Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

Select one Spectrum Disorder Focus
Across the Lifespan12.0
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents
Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD
Leadership and Advocacy for ASD
Pediatric Focus9.0
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Children and Adolescents
Leadership and Advocacy for ASD
Adult Focus9.0
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Health and Behavioral Care Planning and Intervention for Adults with ASD
Leadership and Advocacy for ASD

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plan of study for Across the Lifespan Focus

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IPS 5403.0IPS 5413.0IPS 5423.0IPS 5433.0
 3 3 3 3
Total Credits 12

Sample plan of study for Pediatric Focus

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IPS 5403.0IPS 5413.0OFFIPS 5433.0
 3 3 0 3
Total Credits 9

Sample plan of study for Adult Focus

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IPS 5403.0OFFIPS 5423.0IPS 5433.0
 3 0 3 3
Total Credits 9
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