Assistive Technology Certificate FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Assistive Technology Certificate Program?
The Assistive Technology Certificate Program (ATCP) is a flexible packaging of 12 credit hours of Assistive Technology courses offered by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It is designed to advance the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver state of the art assistive technology services and solutions for people with physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities.

Is the Assistive Technology Certificate Program an accredited program?  Yes. The UIC Assistive Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Education (CoA-RATE)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 25400 US highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763.

What courses are required to complete the ATCP? All students are required to take DHD440 Introduction to Assistive Technology (3 credits). Students also work with their ATCP advisor to complete an AT Field Experience, a requirement for accredited AT academic programs.  Students can then choose the AT electives which they believe would best help them meet their professional goals. Students work with their ATCP Advisor to make course selections.

What is an ATCP Field Experience?  There are 3 options for field experience. (1) Working professionals can complete a field experience within their own work setting under the supervision of a RESNA Certified ATP. If there is no RESNA Certified ATP onsite, telesupervision will be provided by UIC AT faculty who are RESNA Certified ATPs. (2) Students attending courses on campus can take DHD 441 Adaptive Equipment Design and Fabrication, a lab-based fabrication course at UIC, or (3) Online students can complete an alternate assignment which involves completion of a comprehensive assessment of regional AT services and observation of AT service delivery at approved site(s) in their geographical area.  Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework before registering for a field experience course.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Most students take 3 credits of course work per term and complete the program with in four terms.

Can the ATCP be completed entirely online? Yes.

Do you have to apply?
Yes. Admittance into the program is based on academic background, work experience, and how the student will put the knowledge to practice. Applications are due May 1st for Fall and November 1st for Spring. However, ATCP courses taken through UIC Extended Campus prior to admittance may be applied toward the ATCP. There is a $70 application fee.

What is the cost of the certificate program?
Classes are offered at the same rate as all continuing education classes at UIC, a cost of $486 per semester credit hour. Therefore, the cost for a two credit-hour course is currently $972, and the cost for a three-credit hour course is currently $1,458. Tuition and fees are subject to change each semester. Financial aid is not available for courses taken through UIC Extended campus.

What are the academic requirements?
To earn the certificate, students must complete 12 credit hours of Assistive Technology courses offered by UIC and maintain a B average overall. Only courses with a grade of C and above can be counted towards completion requirements.

Am I earning graduate credit or CEU’s as I take the courses?
Students earn graduate semester credits for each course completed. Most professional organizations credit 10 CEUs for each semester hour of graduate study at an accredited university.

What do I receive at the end of the program?
A printed certificate stating completion of the Assistive Technology Certificate Program is issued to each student who has finished the 12 credit hours of UIC AT courses. “Certificate In Assistive Technology” and the courses will also be listed on the student’s official UIC transcript.