Specialty In Pediatrics Certificate For Occupational Therapists

Course ID
UMSAz Faculty
Rolling Basis

Program Audience: Occupational Therapists

Program Objectives: Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • 1. Integrate the concepts of motor control progression within the pediatric population while designing appropriate advanced treatment plans that incorporate evidence-based practice.
  • 2. Evaluate neuromuscular pediatric clients using advanced methods and interpret the results to design appropriate progressive treatment plans.
  • 3. Discuss and apply the advanced principles of pediatric adaptive equipment.
  • 4. Synthesize the current concepts of pathophysiology of neurologic spasticity and its management while designing appropriate treatment sessions.
  • 5. Analyze the progression of pediatric movements and determine the appropriate modifications to achieve treatment goals.
Time Place Room Date Range Instructor
 Asynchronous  Online  Online  Rolling Basis  UMSAz Faculty

Certificate Program series:

Specialty In Pediatrics Certificate For Occupational Therapists

Program Description:  The program prepares students to integrate the complex concepts and theories of motor control and pathophysiology of neurologic conditions with its impact on pediatric functional movements. The application and evaluation of adaptive equipment will also be discussed.  Students will develop advanced pediatric treatments, assess for improvements, and perform advanced modifications for progression of treatments.  Application of techniques will be discussed and performed while utilizing evidence-based practice.  


Program Audience

This program is designed for Occupational Therapists.


Program Schedule and Topics

Semester 1

Semester Topic: Motor Control Theory and Practice

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course and lab component will focus on the examination and treatment of patients with problems related to balance, mobility, and upper extremity function, based on evidence-based practice. The course will also discuss the progress in motor control and the effects of age, disorder, and rehabilitation.

Semester 2

Semester Topic: Pediatric Manual Therapy

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course and lab component examines the present comprehensive conceptual approach to the subject of manual therapy for children of different ages. The course will also focus on the relationship between the neuromusculoskeletal structure and function at different stages of development. It will also outline the prevention of problems during child development and effective treatment and management. Discussions and labs will also cover the pediatric spine.

Semester 3

Semester Topic: Pediatric Movements

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  The course and lab component will explore the motor control, learning, and development of children with movement disorders. The course will assist the student in increasing their knowledge of the effectiveness of intervention. It will also examine topics on motor control for posture and prehension, motor learning challenges of children with movement dysfunction, predictors of standing balance in children with cerebral palsy and the reliability of a clinical measure of muscle extensibility in preterm and full-term newborn infants. Controversial therapies for developmental disabilities will also be discussed.

Semester 4

Semester Topic: Pediatric Advanced Neuromuscular Intervention

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course and lab component will focus on the comprehensive physical therapy interventions for children with neurologic conditions. The course will examine the pathophysiology of neurologic deficits and possible rehabilitation interventions for improving movement outcomes. Biofeedback research, applications, clinical procedures and biomedical instrumentation will also be discussed.

Semester 5

Semester Topic: Pediatric Advanced Spasticity Management

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course and lab component will focus on the clinical evaluation and management of spasticity. Current concepts on pathophysiology of chronic neurologic spasticity and discussion on the complex medical and surgical management will also be discussed. 

Semester 6

Semester Topic: Capstone in Pediatrics 

Start Date: Rolling Admissions each Semester

Course Description:  This course will focus on the learner developing a capstone project. The learner will integrate the content that they have covered throughout the curriculum. The course will allow the learner to analyze and apply the information to a specific clinical in-depth issue while adding to the learner’s professional body of knowledge via manuscript or professional meeting presentation. 

Program Delivery Type

This program is offered online asynchronously.  A short intensive 2-day on campus lab is required once a semester for select courses that require a lab. 


Program Presenter

Faculty members within the university community.

Program Admissions Requirements


Official transcripts of your Occupational Therapy Degree B.S or higher from an accredited college or university showing at least a 2.00 GPA.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendations from any member of the academic staff of graduating institution or employer, or current senior colleagues and consultants. 

Recommendation Form


Reading & Writing sample

Provide a writing sample from reading and answering 3 questions from an article that is linked on the application.

* International Students Only: English Language Proficiency Test is required (university offers Berlitz exam which is taken online)

An English language proficiency test is required. The IELTS and TOEFL standard of English Language levels listed below are applicable to all postgraduate courses. The table also lists the equivalents from other test providers.


  Minimum Grade


 Average 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

  TOEFL* (Internet-based)

 87 (minimum component scores of Listening 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23, Writing 21)

  TOEFL* (Paper-based)


  Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

 59-75 (with 4 minimum component scores of 59)

  Berlitz (offered by UMSAz)

 CEFR B2 level


Program Tuition


Tuition per Course

Total Number of Courses

Length of Program

Specialty in Pediatrics for OTs



2 years

(6 Semesters)