This program is offered 100% online.
Because the nation’s expanding population of older adults is accompanied by a growing burden of disability, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts long-term growth in all health services industries, including the areas of assistive, adaptive and access technologies.
With more than 4,000 such technologies designed so far to enable the disabled to live more productive, independent and fulfilling lives, a new academic discipline has emerged to prepare human services professionals – including physical therapists, counselors and human resources experts – to provide a variety of services related to ensuring that their clients receive the optimum benefit from these technologies.
Internationally recognized for its expertise in disabilities services, CSUN created the Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services (ATHS) master’s degree program – the first of its kind in Southern California – to meet the growing need.
Offered in collaboration with the College of Health and Human Development and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, this two-year, 10-course, fully online program is designed to prepare working professionals for rewarding careers in enhancing the lives of those who rely upon assistive technology devices. Because this program was developed in conjunction with CSUN’s Master of Science in Assistive Technology and Engineering (ATE) program, it also provides ATHS students with opportunities to interact with ATE’s current and future assistive technology designers and gain a broader understanding of the latest user applications and options.
Taught by distinguished CSUN faculty and accomplished assistive technology industry professionals, the ATHS program is offered in the cohort format, which facilitates interaction with faculty and fosters the development of networking relationships with fellow participants.
The Tseng College supports the CSUN International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference.
The National Science Foundation ranks CSUN second national among comprehensive universities preparing students who later earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering.