Head Injury and Concussion Management Certificate

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Those who suffer a concussion are likely to sustain:

  • Physical symptoms
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Emotional distress
  • Cognitive-linguistic symptoms (thinking, remembering and communicating)

head injury brainBecause symptoms are so varied, this certificate is appealing to a variety of professions including those in the health and education fields - in all stages of their careers. Most concussion symptoms resolve within 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, some symptoms last a lifetime.

Different types of symptoms lead to different treatments, which is the reason this program is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Science, Special Education, and Communication Sciences & Disorders. This interdisciplinary program is taught by expert faculty/clinicians and developed with the latest trends and treatments in mind.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Courses can be considered undergraduate or graduate
  • 12-credit Interdisciplinary Online Certificate Program
  • Seven week online classes are available
  • Clarion University is an approved Act 48 credit provider

Courses include:

  • Post-Concussive Social and Emotional Wellness and Recovery
  • Controversies and Implication of Concussions (MTBI) in Sport
  • Teaching Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cognitive-Communication Disorders Associated with Brain Injury

stroke recoveryGreat program for:

  • Athletic trainers
  • Case managers (broadly defined)
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Coaches
  • EMT's and Emergency Responders
  • Geriatric care providers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Healthcare administrators
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Human resource professionals
  • Medical social workers
  • Mental health counselors
  • Nurses
  • Nursing home staff
  • Physical therapy assistants
  • Occupational therapy assistants
  • Speech therapists
  • Teachers
  • Veterans groups
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors     

Concussion or Mild Traumatic Brain Injury has dominated headlines in recent years and for good reason. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, it is estimated that up to 3.8 million sport-related concussions occur annually in the United States. 

One of the biggest populations to sustain sport-related concussions is children and adolescents with more than 630,000 children and youth brought to emergency rooms each year after experiencing such an injury. In Pennsylvania, approximately 22,000 concussions occur in children ages 0-21 years, according to the Center for Disease Control. In addition to children and adolescents, veterans and accident victims are at an increased risk for sustaining a brain injury and its symptoms.

The elderly are also at an increased risk for sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury/concussion.  Mild traumatic brain injury occurs across the lifespan.  There is a high percentage of individuals who deal with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to falls, as is often seen with the elderly. Brain injuries have been linked to early onset dementia and Alzheimers and is an ever growing public health issue.

Timely recognition and appropriate response is important for those who sustain this type of injury so they can be on the road to recovery.

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Estimated Costs

Undergraduate Credit Costs:

Per course cost (three credits) = $1,149.30 Pennsylvania resident
Per course cost (three credits) = $1,299.30 Non-Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $4,597.20 Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $5,197.20 Non-Pennsylvania resident

Graduate Credit Costs:

Per course cost (three credits) = $1,965.15 Pennsylvania resident
Per course cost (three credits) = $2,239.05 Non-Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $7,860.60 Pennsylvania resident
Complete program total (four courses) cost = $8,956.20 Non-Pennsylvania resident

Please note: Once you have scheduled classes, there is a one-week drop/add period. Take advantage of the drop/add period in order to avoid paying for any courses you may decide to drop. 

Application Process

Apply today for the Brain Injury and Concussion Management Certificate program. Once you've submitted your application, you'll receive an email with your student login information.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information:

Dr. Ray Feroz 
Chair, Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences 
+1 814 393 2052

Dr. Mark Lepore
Associate Professor, Rehabilitative Sciences
+1 814 393 2474

Admissions at +1 800 672 7171, ext. 1.

Last Updated 7/3/18