What to Expect

Thinking about enrolling in our program? Find out what you can expect.

Students must complete a minimum of 13 credit hours.* All students are required to complete DHD 440: Introduction to Assistive Technology  and DHD 590: Field Experience.

Students work with their faculty advisor to choose elective courses based on their professional goals and area of interest, including an assessment-related course. We offer electives in augmentative and alternative communication; AT in educational settings; computer access; AT design and fabrication (DIY maker); environmental modification; and seating and wheeled mobility.

Most students take 1-3 credits of coursework per semester and complete the program within four semesters (e.g. fall, spring, summer, fall). Individual courses taken prior to admittance may be applied toward certificate requirements. Students must maintain a B average overall and only courses with a grade of C or above will meet completion requirements.

* Starting Spring 2022. The requirement for current students is 12 credits.

Summer online courses

DHD 559Ergonomics and Safety for Workers
with Disabilities (CRCC approved)

Instructor: Hedman
1 credit
DHD 567AAC for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Instructor: Bay
2 credits
DHD 569Environmental Modification
Instructor: Hedman
1 credit
DHD 594Special Topic: Technology to Support Universal Design for Learning
Instructor: Skalitzky
1 credit
DHD 594Special Topic: Assistive Technology and Transportation
Instructor: Salkas
2 credits
DHD 594Special Topic: 3D Printing in Assistive Technology
Instructor: Hooyenga
1 credit

Summer lab-based courses

DHD 441Adaptive Equipment Design and Fabrication
Instructors: Hooyenga, Graham & Hedman
3 credits

Resources

Fall online courses

DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology Required Course (fall or spring)
Instructors: All ATCP faculty
3 credits
DHD 544 Assistive Technology in Early Childhood Settings
Instructors: Woodson
2 credits
DHD 548 Assistive Technology Tools for Education
Instructors: Cochrane, Lenzo & Bass
3 credits
DHD 553 Assistive Technology for individuals who are Visually Impaired or Blind
Instructor: Sessler-Trinkowsky
1 credit
DHD 554
(NOTE: Moving to Spring
in 2024; will not be offered Fall 2023)
Augmentative Communication Assessment
Instructor: Bay
3 credits
DHD 555 Consideration, Assessment, and Documentation of AT in PreK-12 Educational Settings
Instructor: Cochrane
3 credits
DHD 566 Note: Moving to Spring 2024. Will not be offered Fall 2023.Intro to Microcontrollers in Assistive Technology
Instructors: Hooyenga & Browning
2 credits
DHD 590
(by arrangement)
Field Experience
Instructors: Miller
1 credit

Spring online courses

DHD 440 Introduction to Assistive Technology Required Course (fall or spring)
Instructors: All ATCP faculty
3 credits
DHD 555 Consideration, Assessment, and Documentation of AT in PreK-12 Educational Settings
Instructor: Cochrane
3 credits
DHD 556 Seating and Positioning for Wheelchair Mobility
Instructor: Sposato
1 credit – first 5 weeks
DHD 557 Manual and Powered Wheelchair Technology
Instructor: Sposato
2 credits – last 10 weeks
DHD 568 (NOTE: Moving to Fall in 2023)Supporting Augmentative Communication in Educational Settings
Instructor: TBD
3 credits
DHD 562
Note: Moving to Fall 2023
Mobile Technology and Computers: Built-In Accessibility Features
Instructors: Hooyenga & Brown
1 credit
DHD 590 (by arrangement)Field Experience
Instructors: Miller
1 credit

Field experience options:
There are four options for the field experience:

  1.  Working professionals can complete a field experience within their own work setting and work responsibilities under the supervision of a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). If no RESNA-certified ATP is available onsite, remote supervision will be provided by our faculty using Zoom (offered all semesters).
  2. Students can complete a comprehensive investigation of regional AT services and an observation of AT service delivery at approved sites in their geographical area (offered all semesters).
  3. Students can complete a case study within their scope of practice. The case study is intended to simulate a direct service and will be self-selected (based on a client to whom AT services have been provided in the past or will be provided in the future).
  4. Students near Chicago can take DHD 441 Adaptive Equipment Design and Fabrication, a lab-based course taught on-campus during the summer (offered every two years).