Online Certificate Programs

Certificate in Stroke Rehabilitation

Now accepting program applications for 2018.

This online graduate level credit certificate is an inter-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation program designed to address the learning needs of rehabilitation clinicians across the continuum of care.

This program provides high quality post-professional education on best-practices and evidence-based guidelines in stroke rehabilitation which will help to increase effectiveness and efficiency in helping stroke survivors to regain function and re-integrate into their home and community lives.

Please contact for information about the next offering of the first course in the series, REHAB 540 Stroke Rehabilitation: Best Practice and Critical Review of the Evidence.

Participant Comments 

'"What I liked most was the variety of modules and the up-to -date review of best practices. I really enjoyed the interaction with the guest lecturers because I was able to ask specific clinical questions to the experts!"

"Very practical learning content, excellent inter professional learning."

"Very pertinent to the interprofessional care of the stroke patient and their families."

"I feel better prepared to see stroke patients, given the background knowledge I learned and the research I was able to read as a result of this course."

"The Online learning format allowed me to take this course. I really liked that interaction of the other therapists.”

“The content was relevant and my knowledge base on the subject has improved which will translate into practice.”

“The course was interesting and provided a very solid introduction to developing critical appraisal skills. The format allowed me to research a topic of particular interest while introducing other interesting clinical topics. The course was very well organized and the instructors genuinely cared about our learning.”


  • Who is it for?

    - Occupational therapists
    - Physical therapists
    - Speech-language pathologists
    - Nurses
    - Psychologists
    - Social workers
    - Recreation therapists
    - Physicians
    - Pharmacists
    - Others who are involved in stroke rehabilitation efforts

    *Registrants completing the program may use the letters PgCStroke to designate successful program completion. 

  • What skills will I gain?

    Upon completion of the three certificate courses students will be able to:

    - Identify and select strategies to access new and emerging evidence in stroke rehabilitation.
    - Identify and apply best practices approaches to interdisciplinary assessment rationale, strategy and outcomes.
    - Establish client-centered goals and a team-based plan to meet those goals.
    - Describe and coordinate the various professional roles/relationships involved in stroke rehabilitation to improve outcome for the stroke survivor.
    - Identify issues related to optimal timing of rehabilitation (both admissions and discharges) across the continuum of care settings.
    - Identify evidence-based intervention strategies related to their discipline and/or interest and apply this information in a team approach within a context of the workplace.
    - Describe the range of outcome measurement frameworks and tools. Develop an in-depth knowledge of an evidence-based topic in stroke rehabilitation through literature review, tailored mentoring, and/ or networking.
    - Describe principles of organizational change management.
    - Demonstrate the skills required to work collaboratively with a practice setting to implement evidence based practice in stroke rehabilitation.
    - Develop competence in proposal writing and evaluation.
    - Describe factors that may influence the implementation of evidence into practice (evidence, context, facilitation).

  • When do the courses begin?

    Certificate program courses are offered in a staggered format such that all three courses could be completed within approximately18 months but could also be completed in three year time frame.

    Time is devoted two weeks before the start of the first course in the series in order for students to familiarize themselves with the eClass system (online learning platform) and to complete any online pre-course materials.

    Please contact the certificate programs coordinator to obtain information on upcoming course offerings.

  • What are the requirements?

    Eligible students include all health professionals who meet the following University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR) requirements:

    1. Submission of original post-secondary degree transcript (if you have attended several institutions we will require only your MOST RECENT degree program transcript) ?**Please note that FGSR will not accept copies transcripts must be original and received in an envelope sent directly from the institution attended. We can access U of A transcripts if you were a former student here.
    2. GPA of 3.0 (if you do not meet this requirement please contact the certificate programs coordinator)
    3. For students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL equivalent to entry level U of A Rehab programs (minimum of 580)

    You can begin the online application to this certificate program anytime by visiting the FGSR website

  • Which courses do I need?

    A Certificate will be granted upon successful completion of three required graduate-level credit courses, as listed below.

    REHAB 540: Stroke Rehabilitation: Best Practice and Critical Review of the Evidence (*3)

    This course focuses on current knowledge of best practice in the area of stroke, and provides students with critical appraisal skills that will sustain and further the acquisition of best practice information and principles in stroke rehabilitation. This evidence and best practice is explored in the context of the stroke survivor, caregivers and rehabilitation professionals with students having an opportunity to apply learning to specific professional areas of interest.

    REHAB 541: The Stroke Survivor: Assessment and Rehabilitation across the Continuum of Care (*3)

    The goal of this course is to integrate and apply advanced knowledge from REHAB 540 into clinical practice. Using a discovery learning/case study approach, students will conduct an evidence-based review of the literature and work as an interdisciplinary team to apply best practice information to a variety of care contexts. Students will work collaboratively on case studies that offer practical opportunities to apply assessment and treatment principles. Additionally, the course will explore team functioning and dynamics within and across the various stroke rehabilitation settings with students having an opportunity to apply learning to specific professional areas of practice. Prerequisite: REHAB 540.

    REHAB 542: Advancing Practice in Stroke Rehabilitation (*3)

    The goal of this course is to develop a proposal that could be implemented into a work environment that incorporates advanced/best practices in stroke rehabilitation. Students will choose a project based on the knowledge gained in the previous courses and on needs that they identify within a practice setting. Students will gain knowledge and experience in organizational change management while working collaboratively with a host site. Students will gain skills in the area they choose for their proposal through tailored mentoring. The mentor will facilitate the process of moving evidence into practice by providing content expertise in implementation of best practice in stroke rehabilitation in a clinical setting. Additionally, this process is expected to provide students with valuable professional contacts. Prerequisite: REHAB 541.

  • How do I apply?

    Please begin the application process for program admission by visiting the FGSR website

    For instructions on how to complete the application, please view the following slide show:

    Here are some tips to help you with the on-line registration: 

    - What department are you applying to? Rehabilitation Medicine
    - What program are you applying to? Post-baccalaureate Certificate
    - What specialization or study field are you applying to? Stroke Rehabilitation
    - When do you want to start this program (Fall/Winter/Spring) – Please select the term closest to the course offering term you wish to be registered into (e.g. if you are taking a spring course and the only options available are Fall/Winter – select Fall. The faculty can change the term manually once you have submitted your application).
    - How do you intend to study? Part-time

  • How can I find out more information?

    For more details on this course, please contact Shawn Drefs, Program Coordinator, at:

    Phone: 780.492.1587

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