The Undergraduate Academic Certificate Program curriculum provides a foundation for assistive technology devices, services, strategies and practices and builds on the foundation in specialty courses.
The Graduate Academic Certificate Program curriculum leverages the knowledge, skills and experiences of the graduate student, and will allow the student to critically analyze assistive technology and rehabilitation technology, synthesize technology to meet the functional goals of individuals with disability and justify the need for assistive and rehabilitative technology.
All courses will be offered in undergraduate and graduate sections.
HTHRHSC 5100 - Introduction to Assistive Technology
Students learn how to develop and implement assistive technology (AT) devices and services. The course includes
information on disability, computer access/technology, alternative and augmentative communication, electronic
cognitive devices, driver's rehabilitation, low vision technologies, seating and wheeled mobility, electronic activities of
daily living, and home automation.
*HTHRHSC 5100 must be taken the first semester of enrollment either alone or with another required course. Remaining
coursework can be completed in any order. If students have completed HTHRSHC 5100 at the undergraduate level, they
must complete all four courses listed below to meet the 12 credit hour requirement for this certificate program.
Additional Courses (select three)
HTHRHSC 5200 - Assistive Technology for Seating and Mobility
Students learn how to develop and implement seating and mobility devices and services. The course includes
information on mobility devices including canes, crutches, walkers, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters
and power add-on devices. The course also includes information on seating systems including seat cushions, back
supports, and postural supports.
HTHRHSC 5400 - Computers, Communication and Control for Individuals with Disabilities
Students learn how to develop and implement assistive technology devices and services which focus on computer,
communication and control technologies. The course includes information on communication technologies, control
interfaces, electronic aids to daily living, internet of things, zero-effort technologies, educational technologies, and
HTHRHSC 5450 - Assistive Technology for Sports and Recreation
Students learn how to develop and implement assistive technology devices and services in adapted sports and
recreation. The course includes technology for Paralympic sports, summer sports, winter sports, video games, and
recreation. The course will review principles of anthropometrics, biomechanics and ergonomics as it applies to adapted
sports and recreation.
HTHRHSC/SPHRNG 5860 - Augmentive and Alternate Communication (AAC)
Students will learn the various modes of AAC, procurement, funding, and intervention for those with complex
communication needs secondary to a variety of diagnoses.
Virtual Assistive Technology Lab
Throughout the course, students can explore the virtual lab, a recreation of the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in order to find “hot spots.” Released week by week, these 17 hot spots contain helpful material such as video interviews with real assistive technology clients and up-close introductions to a variety of smart assistive home technology including video doorbells and eye-controlled tablets.
The virtual lab is a valuable resource for online students, who may not have access to such a facility.