Continuing education seminars may be taken in a series toward a clinical certification. The University has long held that continuing education should be structured toward a meaningful goal. Thus, in 1981, when a group of therapists who had taken manual therapy courses from the school asked to be examined, the faculty agreed and Certification began.
Certification programs offer a series of seminars, which culminate in a comprehensive examination (written, oral and practical testing to define competency in the selected clinical area). Certifications are an integral part of the University's post-professional degrees.
Certification Preparation and Exam is a six-day process which provides a review and update of the contents of each prerequisite seminar. The objective is the safe application and interpretation of advanced clinical skills. Results are confidential. Only the names of those who pass are published. Some attend the week purely for the value of review. Some attend more than twice before taking the exams. Those who fail to satisfactorily complete all of the components of the Certification process may be re-tested.
Seminars leading to Certification may be taken for either CEUs or toward graduate credit. Graduate credit is earned by completing distance education coursework after attending the seminars. CEUs are awarded for seminar course attendance unless students enroll for graduate credit. CEUs are invalid once students enroll in the distance education portion of the seminar course for academic credit. This policy is disclosed on continuing education certificates.
If all of the seminars leading to Certification are taken for graduate credit, 17 - 19 hours are awarded toward an advanced degree (varies by specialty track).