Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology (CART)

Learn the science and art of assistive technology research and service delivery for people with disabilities--what works, for whom and why.

Professor Jim Lenker in the IDEA Lab.

Professor Jim Lenker with a Graduate Student in the IDEA Lab.

About the CART Program

The Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology (CART) is a 12-credit, graduate online curriculum.


CART is designed to extend the assistive technology knowledgebase and skills of those with backgrounds in OT, PT, SLP, special education, engineering, vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, higher education and related disciplines in engineering.

The goals of the program are:

  1. Provide a knowledgebase that will prepare graduates for entry-level practice in a mentored assistive technology-related clinic, and
  2. Provide fundamental knowledge in content areas comprising RESNA’s Assistive Technology Practitioner (APT) credentialing exam.


The curriculum consists of four courses:

Those completing all four courses will receive a SUNY-approved Graduate Certificate in Assistive & Rehabilitative Technology.

In addition, we welcome working professionals who are interested in taking only one or two of the courses.

Currently matriculating University at Buffalo students are welcome to take one or more of these courses as electives for their current degree programs.

Contact us

To schedule a video chat with Jim Lenker, the CART program director, submit a calendar appointment through calendly.com.

  • James A. Lenker.

    621 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-6726

    Fax: (716) 829-3217


    Associate Professor
    Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Program
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Community-based outcomes research in the areas of: computer-based assistive technology; wheeled mobility and seating; office ergonomics interventions; work conditioning programs; home modifications; complete streets. Evaluation of accessible public transportation systems. Usability testing to support development of new assistive technology device products.

Program Resources

UB’s multidisciplinary Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) provides research, education and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices. In addition to faculty within the Department of Rehabilitation Science, you’ll work with faculty from architecture and planning; communicative disorders and sciences; counseling and educational psychology; geriatric medicine; law; mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering; nursing; rehabilitation medicine; and special education.

Additional Assistive and Rehabilitation Education Opportunities

In addition to the graduate certificate, you can study assistive and rehabilitation education at UB with the following options.

  • If you are pursuing the PhD degree in rehabilitation science or the post-professional MS degree in occupational therapy, take assistive technology (AT) courses as electives and engage in research in an AT-related area.
  • If you are pursuing graduate degrees in engineering, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, special education or other related discipline, take AT courses as electives.
  • If you are a working professional, enroll in individual courses on a non-matriculating basis. This option requires consent of the program director.

Career Opportunities

A variety of professions apply assistive technology knowledge as part of their jobs, including:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Mechanical, industrial and software engineers
  • Physical therapists
  • Special educators
  • Disability service providers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Rehabilitation counselors

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