ADU Becomes the First U.S. Healthcare University to Offer a Program in Conductive Education


New program aims to address the growing need for conductors in Florida and across the nation.

ORLANDO, FL – Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) has announced a new Bachelor of Science program in Conductive Education (CE) as well as a certificate program in CE for students currently holding their bachelor’s. The program will be the only one offered at a healthcare University and the only one available in the South.

Courses are planned to start during the Fall 2015 trimester. The Bachelor of Science in Conductive Education (BSCE) is a four-year program specifically designed for students to gain the skills needed to become a conductor immediately following graduation. Students will receive 1000 hours of direct client care and will serve 2 full terms as a student teacher in The Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO).

The certificate program is the only one available in the United States and can be completed in just five trimesters. Graduates will have the opportunity to become a conductor or work in K-12 education with the special needs population.

“ADU has had a relationship with CECO for a number of years. In Orlando and across the nation, there are a number of children and adults with motor disorders who need specialized education to reach their full potential, and it is inspiring to educate students on how to improve the lives of these individuals by using conductive education,” explains Tia Hughes, ADU’s Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department.

ADU’s CE program has been developed to help fill the need for conductors across the nation and worldwide. The main purpose of conductive education is to maximize the independence of a person with motor disabilities in every way possible - physically, cognitively, and socially.

“Conductive education is a growing field but there is a need for conductors to lead the programs, without conductors, centers cannot open and patients are left without the care they specifically need,” states Rosene Johnson, Executive Director of CECO. “ADU’s new CE program will increase that number and provide a solution for parents of children with special needs here in Central Florida and around the world. The program will develop conductors that offer innovative approaches to encourage their child’s success.”

ADU understands the importance of training conductors in an allied health department and will be the only healthcare institution currently providing a degree in Conductive Education in the United States.

“It is exciting to be on the ground floor. The concept of conductive education is new to some despite its popularity in Europe, and there is a demand for qualified conductors to serve children with motor disorders,” adds Hughes. “ADU has the ability to develop our own experts that will help expand current centers and future establishments. This means that more children and adults with these conditions will have opportunities that did not exist before.”

The Bachelor of Science in Conductive Education and the certificate program has the ability to attract students from across the nation - who have a passion for bettering the lives of children with special needs.

Web page for the Bachelor's of Science in Conductive Education will be available soon.