Geriatric Certification • Programs by EIM | Evidence In Motion Skip To Content

Geriatric Certification


Length: 12 months

Winter 2022 Deadline:

More Info

Program FAQs

Admissions Info

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.

Important Updates Related to COVID-19 Precautions and Policies: Learn more about the steps we’re taking.


  • 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.

Participant Accommodation Procedures


    Ginalyn Ruder



    Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

    Program Director


    Alyson Ellis

    Clinic Director, TexPTS


  • (Choose 2)
    • 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 6150 – Exercise Prescription in Geriatric Rehab
      • This course is designed to provide physical and occupational therapists a review of exercise physiology principles and how they may be applied to the older adult. The recently published CDC “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” will be discussed as they relate to healthy older adults, as well as the older adult with chronic health conditions. Evidence-based exercise examination techniques will be reviewed in order to establish appropriate goal setting. The American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Prescription will be examined with practical applications offered toward aerobic, muscle strength, flexibility and neuromuscular exercise. The student will learn to modify their exercise prescription in response to frequently encountered co-morbidities. Finally, psychosocial aspects of exercise prescription will be discussed in order to begin and maintain physical activity and exercise programs with the patients we serve.
    • 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 7170 – Geriatric Virtual Rounds and Case Presentations
    • 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
    Topic Coursework
    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • 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.

––– Related Items