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Provide The Technology Needed For Individuals With Disabilities

Earning an online graduate certificate in Assistive Technology from Northern Arizona University prepares you to help individuals with disabilities by connecting them with the proper mobility devices, hardware, software, peripherals and other assistive technologies. Gain the skills and practical competencies to deliver assistive technology services through this high-quality, online certificate program, which can be completed in combination with a master’s degree.

Become A RESNA-Certified Assistive Technology Professional

NAU’s online graduate certificate in Assistive Technology is based on nationally recognized competency standards for professional organizations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). As a graduate of this online certificate program, you can take the RESNA national credentialing examination to gain certification and recognition of your training and experience in this important field.

Become an Assistive Technology Professional in the fields of:

  • Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Assistive Technology

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
16 units
Maximum Transfer Units
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 16
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Some online/blended coursework Required

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Scholars will be prepared to provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality of assistive technology care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and communication needs.
  • Scholars will be prepared to articulate the need for consumer driven services, empowerment, self-advocacy, and self-determination related to the field of assistive technology.
  • Scholars will be prepared to implement processes necessary to initiate assistive technology services and procurement inclusive of agency and supplier collaboration across funding sources.
  • Scholars will be prepared to communicate 1) definitions of assistive technology categories, 2) a range of products from light technology to high technology across each category, and 3) the need for and use of the products across each category to increase access and inclusion for persons with disabilities.
  • Scholars will be able to describe and discuss common pathologies (CP, TBI, CVA, SCI, developmental disorders, and degenerative disorders) and the potential benefits of assistive technologies for persons with these disabilities.
  • Scholars will be prepared discuss and apply ethics, research, and evidence based practices across the field of assistive technology including the RESNA Code of Ethics.
  • Scholars will be prepared to identify and describe factors which influence assistive technology systems success versus abandonment.
  • Scholars will prepared to read and critically analyze assistive technology evaluations and implementation plans.
  • Scholars will be able prepared to identify major frameworks of assistive technology and discuss how these frameworks apply to assessment and implementation across the field of assistive technology.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement or essay 
    • Professional experience working with individuals with disabilities
    • Computer with high speed internet access
    • Must be able to attend two workshops at the Flagstaff campus. Alternative arrangements may be approved by the program director for students completing the program outside of the state of Arizona.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units:

    Core Courses (6 units)

    Specialization and Practicum
    • Application of Assistive Technology 

      Specialization course 
  • Independent Study 
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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