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Geriatric Certification

DPT Add-On Available

For: PT, OT

The program provides PTs and OTs with an evidence-based curriculum that advances clinical skills and competency in the areas of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for the aging population. It is a hybrid program that provides participants with both online and in-person opportunities to develop clinical skills sets and elevate their career.


  • Gain foundational knowledge to ensure older adult patients receive optimal care.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a multifactorial assessment and plan of care for older adults at increased risk for falling.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a multifactorial assessment and plan of care for older adults with various musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders and cardiopulmonary diagnoses.
Not ready to begin the certification? You can get started by taking courses in the core curriculum for CE. View your options here.

    Ginalyn Ruder



    Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

    Program Director


    Alyson Ellis

    Clinic Director, TexPTS


    • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
    • GERI 6110 – Introduction to Geriatric Rehabilitation
    • GERI 6150 – Exercise Prescription in Geriatric Rehab
    • GERI 6510 – Management of Falls and Balances Disorders
    • GERI 6510WI – Management of Falls and Balances Disorders Weekend Intensive
      • See course page for available dates and locations.
    • GERI 6520 – Management of Geriatric Musculoskeletal Conditions
    • GERI 6520WI – Management of Geriatric Musculoskeletal Conditions Weekend Intensive
      • See course page for available dates and locations.
    • GERI 6120 – Geriatric Cardiovascular Conditions
    • GERI 6230 – Geriatric Related Neurological Conditions
  • (Choose 1)
    • GERI 6130 –  Geriatric Integumentary Conditions
      • This course will provide the clinician with knowledge and skills in the rehabilitation management of integumentary problems. The course will cover risks for skin breakdown, prevention of integumentary problems in the geriatric population, and wound care management.
    • GERI 6140 – Wellness and Health Promotion in the Geriatric Population
      • This course covers evidence-based approaches to optimize health and wellness in the older adults. It will discuss issues regarding readiness of an individual to change behaviors related to health promotion, and interventions to optimize adherence to exercise or other health behaviors to support health aging.
    • GERI 6160 – Regulatory, Legal, and Policy Issues in Geriatric Rehabilitation
      • This course covers special health policy issues that affect the geriatric population. At the end of this course, the student will be able to recognize selected health policy issues affecting geriatric rehabilitation practice, identify and discuss selected legal and ethical issues in geriatric rehabilitation practice, and discuss approaches to manage ethical issues in the older adults.
    • GERI 7080 – Geriatric Certification Capstone Examination
  • Post-professional DPT can be added to the Geriatric Certification for an additional $4,800 in tuition and 8 credits of coursework to include:
    Core Coursework
    • ORPT 6520 – Management of Lower Extremity Disorders
    Topic Coursework
    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • BUSI 6200 – Business Management Principles for the Rehab Therapist
    • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles & Responsibilities
    • TPS 6410 – Therapeutic Neuroscience Education
    The Post-professional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Post-professional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the Post-professional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.


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