Certificate in Stroke Rehabilitation


The faculty will begin a transition of the graduate stroke certificate to a series of non-credit online micro-course offerings in order to increase the accessibility of stroke education to clinicians. The initial offering is expected in early/mid-2023. 

As such we are no longer accepting applications to the graduate stroke certificate program.

To be placed on the waitlist to receive notification regarding the stroke micro-courses once available please email sdrefs@ualberta.ca

Who's 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 G CStroke (graduate certificate in stroke) 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 courses begin?

Certificate program courses are offered regularly and students can typically complete all courses within 12-18 months. Certificates must be completed within 4 years of initial registration

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 sdrefs@ualberta for more information.

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

Submission of recently obtained (within 2 years of application date) original post-secondary degree transcripts from all institutions attended (if you have attended several institutions we will require transcripts for all institutions)? You may upload copies of your official transcripts to the application for initial approval but please note that original copies should still be submitted direly to the faculty of rehabilitation medicine. We can access U of A transcripts if you were a former student here.
GPA of 3.0 (if you do not meet this requirement please contact the certificate programs coordinator)

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

Transcripts may be mailed to:

Shawn Drefs
University of Alberta
3-48 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2G4
What 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?


The online application will ask for references, supervisors, CV etc. HOWEVER, certificate program applicants DO NOT NEED TO provide this information as admission requirements for certificate programs are relaxed.Please follow the instructions outlined in the document below which provides step by step instructions on how to complete the application.

All North American Institutional transcripts must have a print date of no more than 12 months from the application date.

Applying to Graduate Certificate Programs 2022 PDF Instructions


Supporting Documents

Official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine:

Shawn Drefs
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
3-48 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4

How can I find out more information?

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

Email: sdrefs@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780.492.1587

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