Now in its ninth year, CSUN’s Certificate of Advanced Professional Development in Assistive Technology Applications (ATACP) has graduated more than 3,000 students and is the nation’s largest assistive-technology certificate program.
Offered through the Tseng College in collaboration with CSUN’s Center on Disabilities, this advanced professional development program provides students with a practical approach to matching assistive-technology applications to the needs of individuals with disabilities in a wide range of settings.
The ATACP program is a 100-hour program in which participants earn 10 universally recognized Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
The coursework consists of four components: 1) online study in preparation for live-training sessions; 2) live-training sessions; 3) additional online instruction; and 4) a final project.
For the convenience of working professionals, the ATACP program is offered in both a standard and an accelerated (“Fast Track”) format. In the standard format, the online component (both preparatory and concluding) consists of 60 hours, and the live-training portion consists of 32 hours. In the Fast Track format, the online component consists of 76 hours and the live-training portion consists of 16 hours. The final project for both formats accounts for eight hours of the required 100-hour total.
Most participants complete the program in approximately three months, regardless of the format selected.