Program Overview

Oakland University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation (GCOR) useful for physical therapists interested in progressive theoretical and psychomotor training.  This certificate is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Ideally, this program will train physical therapists to develop the necessary specialty skills of a master clinician in the prevention and management of oncology related functional limitations.  Course work completed through obtaining this certificate can be applied toward the post-professional Doctor of Science, Master of Science, or transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.

Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework.  Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations.  The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom; for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room.  Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately.  Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses.  Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).

The Graduate Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation is a 17 credit hour program.  Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in each course and have an overall GPA of 3.00 to receive the certificate.  Course requirements include: Understanding Evidence Based Practice, Introduction to Oncology Rehabilitation, Oncology Rehabilitation Examination and Evaluation, Oncology Rehabilitation Interventions and Outcomes, Oncology Rehabilitation Interventions and Outcomes Lab, and Team Approach to Oncology Rehabilitation.  Applicants are required to possess an entry-level bachelor, master, of doctoral degree in physical therapy for admission into the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


    To be eligible for admission to this program, individuals must hold an entry-level bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in physical therapy and be licensed in the U.S. or Canada.

    School Overview

    Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment."

    Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education and Human Services
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Health Science
    • School of Nursing

    To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many bachelor's and master's programs that can be completed entirely online. There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.


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