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Certificate in Pediatric Rehabilitation

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


The Certificate in Pediatric Rehabilitation program is designed for physical and occupational therapists who work or aspire to work in early intervention, school-based therapy or other pediatric services and who seek to develop expertise in this field.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to enhance activity, participation and measurable outcomes for children and their families through the application of research, theory, and emergent knowledge to practice. The program also offers physical and occupational therapists the opportunity and resources to prepare for specialty certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board Certification.

After successfully completing the required credits, students receive a post-professional certificate of completion. The credits may be transferred into degree programs within Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.

What you'll learn

Knowledge gained through the Certificate in Pediatric Rehabilitation program enables therapists to provide education, leadership and consultancy at all levels of service provision; serve children and families through the implementation of evidence-based practice; and continue in their quest to become master clinicians and develop as experts.

Students can tailor their studies to meet their professional goals. Individualized assignments allow them to apply key themes and issues to their current practice.

Issues across the spectrum of care, for ages from birth to 21, are addressed and practitioners have the opportunity to enhance their comprehension of family and client-centered practice in a diversity of settings. The program incorporates philosophies of practice, issues of advanced clinical decision-making, intervention and service delivery approaches, advocacy, and clinical leadership.

What makes the Pediatric Rehabilitation Certificate program unique?

  • Specifically designed to accommodate working professionals.
  • A curriculum infused with the latest technology for online interaction.

Program Fact Sheet (downloadable PDF).


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy or occupational therapy from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.

Standardized Tests:


Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.

  • You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended.
  • Instead of hard copy transcripts, your post-secondary institution can supply official electronic transcripts directly to Drexel University Online through a password secured link or website (use our email address,
  • If you don’t list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these appear on transcripts received from other institutions, your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts.
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.


Two letters of recommendation.

  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service.
  • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Personal Statement/ Essay:

Essay in which the student discusses his or her professional goals related to obtaining the post-professional certificate in hand rehabilitation.

Phone interview required.

Resume highlighting continued professional development.

Copy of current license to practice (from US or Canada) required.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Two years of clinical experience are recommended before applying to the program.

International Students:
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 listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation tuition page

Application Link
All applicants of the Certificate in Rehabilitation Sciences program must apply via the Drexel Online Student Application Website.


MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.