Next Series starts July, 2014!

Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program

Thank you for your interest in the Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program!

Since 2004, we have offered our dynamic and well respected Program of five interactive, online courses. Students have access to the latest on home modification research, products, funding strategies, policies, and community planning. Below is a list of FAQs as well as course descriptions. Contact Julie Overton at overtonusc@aol.com with questions. To register, click the button on the left side bar or the button below each course description.

Who is the Program for?
This program is designed for professionals who work directly or indirectly in the field of supportive home environments. Students include remodelers/contractors, planners, personnel of organizations representing the elderly and people with disabilities, occupational and physical therapists, policymakers, and others interested in starting their own home modification business. The courses connect professionals from around the country who learn from each other as well as experts in the field. Read what former students have had to say about the Program: www.homemods.org/online-courses/legal/feedback.pdf

How do I take these courses?
Students take courses right from the comfort of their computer. Each course includes two online lectures with email and Cyber Classroom exercises, graphics, resources, and technical assistance from the instructors. The lectures are made available to you on a specific start day. On that day, you will receive your User Name and Password to access the course. Students spend approximately 4-6 hours each week completing the assignments. Each week's assignments must be completed within the week; however, they may be submitted at any time during that week. Students interact with each other via a Course List Serve and Cyber Classrooms.

How long is each course?
The Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program consists of five courses. While we encourage students to take the five courses in order, this is not required. Additionally, single courses may be taken if the student does not wish to obtain the Executive Certificate in Home Modification.
- Courses 1-4: 2.5 weeks each (worth 12 CEU hours).
- Course 5: one week (worth 6 CEU hours).

What will I receive after taking the courses?
After completing all five courses and a Final Exam, students earn their Executive Certificate in Home Modification. Students receive a Letter of Completion after each course, upon request.

What is the cost?
Courses 1-4: $200 each
Course 5 and the Final Exam administration: $175 total.
A discount of $75 is given if all courses are paid for at the beginning of the Series.


The USC Andrus Gerontology Center is an Approved Provider of AOTA.
AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Series #3/2014

Home modification course 1: The Basics and Beyond

This course covers what home modifications are and why they are important. It will discuss the important aspects of universal design and assistive devices in maintaining independence. Students will become familiar with home assessment instruments and safety checklists. Students will learn important communication skills for making suggestions and recommendations for home modifications. Students will learn about common home modifications. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructors: Jon Pynoos, Ph.D.; Julie Overton, MSG/MHA. $200 application fee.

July 22 - August 8, 2014
Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Registration for this course will close 12:00 PM one full day prior to the start date.


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Home modification course 2: How to Get It Done

This course will equip students with the skills to: identify a qualified contractor; negotiate for contractor services; read architectural drawings and plans; individualize home modification strategies to meet users' needs; locate products; and evaluate a project upon completion. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Mike W. Carter, MS, OTR/L $200 application fee.

August 19 - September 5, 2014
Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Registration for this course will close 12:00 PM one full day prior to the start date.


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Home modification course 3:
Funding Resources and Financing Mechanisms

This course covers how to fund home modifications and how to tap into community resources. It will discuss finding resources within individual communities as well as at state and federal levels. It will also discuss what opportunities are available in the private sector. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructor: Diane Sprague, MRP $200 application fee.

September 16 - October 3, 2014
Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Registration for this course will close 12:00 PM one full day prior to the start date.


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Home modification course 4:
Raising Community Awareness and Coalition Building

This course examines the process of raising community awareness about the need for home modifications. It will teach students how to assess the home modification needs of their community and how to build strong, effective community coalitions. It will teach students how to tap into the national home modification network. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct community outreach events and market their home modification services. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructors: Julie Overton, MSG/MHA $200 application fee.

October 14 - October 31, 2014
Continuing Education: Equivalent of 12 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Registration for this course will close 12:00 PM one full day prior to the start date.


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Home modification course 5: The Ethics of Home Modification

This short course is designed to raise your awareness of ethical issues related to home modification. It will address what ethics are, why they are important and how they apply to special populations including older persons and persons with disabilities. While many professionals are aware that the growing 65+ population in the United States controls much of the country's wealth and spending power, it is just as important to consider how this population might require certain ethical considerations and protections. Students will submit with quizzes, email assignments, discussion questions, and a Final Assignment. Internet-based. Instructors: Anna Nguyen, OTD. $175 application fee includes Course 5 and the Program's Final Exam Administration Fee.

November 11 - November 18, 2014
Continuing Education: Equivalent of 6 Classtime Hours
Education Level: Introductory

Registration for this course will close 12:00 PM one full day prior to the start date.


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A project of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification,
in affiliation with the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation.
Located at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, Los Angeles, California 90089-0191 (213) 740-1364.