Mission Gait Academy

Level III

Advanced Gait Rehabilitation Specialist Certification
Anticipated Launch in 2025!!

Mission Gait Academy is creating a unique and advanced, fully interactive, educational experience. Upon completion of the Level II Certification program, and status as GRS (Gait Rehabilitation Specialist), participants will be eligible to come to Mission Gait Foundation’s headquarters and The Gait Center in Richmond, Virginia for in-person, hands-on training and advanced practical certification testing.

This experience will afford participants the opportunity to utilize their Level II certification with a face-to-face, enhanced professional experience. Candidates will be assessed during therapist-to-therapist and therapist-to-patient interactions. They will also be asked to complete a comprehensive case study report and presentation. The successful candidate will demonstrate mastery of gait rehabilitation in each of these realms, distinguishing themselves as an expert with the ability to provide optimal assessment and treatment to any individual facing a complex gait disorder.

Prerequisites: Level I CEU course & Level II Certification

Format:
  • A three day fully integrated patient interaction experience (Wed, Thur, Fri)
  • Participants may choose an additional two-day observational experience (Mon & Tue)
  • Participants will complete a case study in advance, for presentation as a final exam. Participants will be given detailed case study instructions that they must complete in advance using patients in their local community.
Draft of Anticipated AGENDA
Monday – Tuesday (optional, but highly recommended!)
  • Clinic Observation with various therapists that have either neurologic or orthopedic focus.
  • Visitation of Prosthetic and Orthotic production facilities
  • Visitation of an outpatient Medical Gait Clinic
  • A Patient’s Perspective & Personal Experience – interactive meeting
Wednesday (required)
  • Pre-Orthotic Exercise Prescription
  • Pre-Orthotic Gait Assessment
  • Orthotic Prescription
  • Orthotic Fitting and Alignment
  • break/lunch
  • Orthotic Gait Training
  • Orthotic Community Barriers Training
  • Case Study Presentation Preparation (including updating thoughts & information)
Thursday (required)
  • Pre-Prosthetic Exercise Prescription
  • Pre-Prosthetic Gait Assessment
  • Prosthetic Prescription
  • Prosthetic Fitting and Alignment
  • break/lunch
  • Prosthetic Gait Training
  • Prosthetic Community Barriers Training
  • Case Study Presentation Preparation (including updating thoughts & information)
Friday (required)
  • Review and Q&A of all topics
  • Advanced technology in Prosthetics and Orthotics, what the future holds
  • Final preparation for Case study Presentations
  • Orthotic Case Study Presentations
  • Break/lunch
  • Prosthetic Case Study Presentations
  • Patient Reintegration
  • International Walking Free program
  • Closing Advanced Certification activity!
Participants will be graded pass/fail in the following three areas:
  1. General knowledge and preparation
  2. Problem solving skills/patient interaction
  3. Case Study presentation, including Q&A proficiency
Distinction
After successful completion of Level III, the physical therapist will:
  • Be able to use subscript “Advanced Gait Rehabilitation Specialists,” in addition to using the post nominal acronym “GRS.”
  • Be listed as an “Advanced Gait Rehabilitation Specialist” on Mission Gait’s Database of Providers on our website, with the goal of connecting those experiencing gait related disorders with well-trained practitioners in their area.
Location

Mission Gait Foundation
8191 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, Virginia 23228

(As we progress, we plan to develop additional advanced testing centers around the country.)

Cost: TBD

Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging associated with Level III Certification. Participants can contact the Mission Gait Foundation office with questions and to receive suggested lodging options.

Need-Based Scholarship

Mission Gait Foundation is committed to accessibility. If financial constraints are a barrier to your participation in our continuing education courses, please fill out the form below to inquire about need-based scholarships.