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Advanced Geriatric Certification

DPT Add-On Available

For: PT, OT

The Advanced Geriatric Certification seeks to produce highly skilled and autonomous geriatric practitioners who are prepared to manage the complexities often present in the older adult patient. Program graduates will be able to apply evidence-informed rehabilitation models to a variety of older adult patients with a multitude of medical conditions/comorbidities across all practice settings. These individuals will be skilled in identifying the nuances that present in complex older adult patients to optimize rehabilitation outcomes, achieve patient goals, and provide top-of-the-line patient-centered care. Each learner must achieve a 73% or higher to pass the program.


At the end of the Evidence In Motion Advanced Geriatric Certification, a successful learner will be able to:

  • Distinguish and summarize the difference between pathological and physiological aging patterns as they impact older adult patients/clients in rehabilitation settings.
  • Evaluate the role of the physical and occupational therapist on the interprofessional healthcare team in providing optimal management of the needs of older adult patients/clients.
  • Collaborate, deliberate, and communicate with other healthcare providers within the program, as well as experts in the field of geriatric rehabilitation, to elevate standards of their personal clinical practice.
  • Appraise and apply evidence-informed practices to a variety of patient conditions and clinical settings to promote patient/client outcomes and provide optimal care environments for the older adult population.
  • Integrate the Biopsychosocial, International Classification of Function, and APTA Patient Management Models into their existing clinical practice to successfully create, strategize, and execute a multi-factorial management plan to meet the needs of an older adult patient/client in any clinical setting.
  • Advocate for the healthcare needs, elimination of barriers, and access to services for older adult patients/clients on a personal, clinical, and community level.
Not ready to begin the certification? You can get started by taking courses in the core curriculum for CE. View your options here.

Evidence In Motion is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. By taking an EIM continuing education course designed for OTs/OTAs you may qualify for AOTA CEUs. *The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


    Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA

    Program Director


  • (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
    • 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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