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Certificate Program in Medical Family Therapy

Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 14.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


The Drexel Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Therapy introduces a variety of practicing healthcare professionals who already have an advanced degree (MS, MD or PhD) to the ways acute and chronic medical illnesses and conditions influence and are influenced by psychosocial, relational, and family conditions and environments.

This one-year certificate program makes it possible for couple and family therapists and other professionals trained in the subspecialty of medical family therapy (or collaborative healthcare) to learn to work cooperatively to bridge gaps in the healthcare systems, and provide comprehensive and culturally congruent family-focused services.

What you’ll learn

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy program emphasizes culturally sensitive approaches to therapy. We graduate innovative and competent healthcare providers who are prepared for work in a variety of workplace environments ranging from mental health facilities to community agencies, school programs and medical settings.

What makes the Drexel Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy program unique?

  • Convenient online format is ideal for non-traditional and working students.
  • Coursework is career-oriented for individualized specialty areas.
  • Renowned and experienced faculty.
You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments.


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

Winter Quarter

Master's degree in a related healthcare profession or a master's degree and employed in a healthcare setting.

GPA of 3.0 or above from the master’s degree education.

Standardized Tests:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Two letters of recommendation are required as a part of the application process. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of the recommender.

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:

Interview may be required.



While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.

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 Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central


Student Achievement Criteria Data Disclosure: Graduation rates, national exam pass rate, and licensure rate can be found here.