Continuing Education Program
The University of Pittsburgh and RSTCE offer CEU's for courses that comply with University of Pittsburgh standards. RSTCE CEU's are accepted by the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) for certification and re-certification of the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) as well as the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS) Certified Rehabilitation Technology Supplier (CRTS) credential. RSTCE CEU's are also accepted as PDU's by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Many state licensing boards will also accept the RSTCE CEU's, however individuals should verify specific requirements with their local boards.
For Immediate Release
Pitt Seeks Volunteers to Pilot Online Assistive Technology Training Program
Contact: Mary Goldberg at email@example.com or 412-822-3700
Pittsburgh, PA. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education awarded a grant to the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology (RST), School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) at the University of Pittsburgh to support the development of a combined online/on-demand and in-person assistive technology (AT) continuing education certificate program.
The program known as RSTCert is designed for people who wish to enhance their fundamental knowledge and skills of AT as well as assist in preparation for the RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credential. RSTCert is housed within the Department’s Continuing Education Program (RSTCE) which is well-known for many educational resources in the field of AT. The curriculum combines many existing in-person and online course offerings from RSTCE in a semi-structured format.
RSTCE is pleased to announce the pilot of RSTCert and by doing so is recruiting and offering trainees full scholarships in exchange for their constructive feedback related to the program design. Trainees will receive free training, reimbursement for travel expenses to Pittsburgh for a 2-day hands-on workshop in May of 2013, and the RESNA ATP exam fee.
The certificate will cover more than a dozen topics related to AT (e.g. service delivery, wheeled mobility, computer access, and augmentative communication to name a few). The program is self-paced with online modules and one required online/conference call meeting per month, designed for the busy professional who wants to learn in their home or on the go. The program will begin in September 2012 and conclude in May 2013.
No specific pre-requisite qualifications are required to apply however the program is geared to people who have a genuine interest in the provision of AT to people with disabilities (including clinicians, educators, and suppliers) and who eventually wish to seek the ATP credential.
Interested applicants should visit the RSTCert website at http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCERT/ and contact Mary Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-822-3700 for more information. Applications for the 2012-2013 program will be accepted until August 24, 2012.
Scholarships are available to competitive applicants. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form.