Division of Aerospace Medicine

Aerospace Medicine Certificate Program

The Aerospace Medicine Certificate Program is a six-month experience designed to provide the participant with instruction focused on the scientific foundation of aerospace medicine. Program topics represent essential knowledge for the practitioner’s understanding of the field of aerospace medicine as well as the care of air and space crewmembers. Students will learn critical concepts of human physiology responses to the aerospace environment as applied to current aviation and space technology.

Some of the areas covered in the certificate program include: Respiratory physiology, Protection from hypoxia, Oxygen systems, Physiology of decompression, Response to both sustained and impact acceleration, Vibration and acoustics in the aerospace environment, Spatial disorientation, Thermal loading and physiologic responses, Considerations of the space environment, Physics and environmental aspects of space flight, Medical evaluation and standards for space flight candidates, Medical systems for space flight, Approach to acute care in the space environment, Aspects of telemedicine, Atmospheric contamination and control, Radiation exposure in the aerospace environment, Fundamentals of aerodynamic principles, Aeronautical decision making, Airplane systems, Aircraft power plant and related systems and Aircraft flight instrumentation. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in journal club activities where research papers of contemporary aerospace medicine topics will be critically reviewed and discussed. This fund of knowledge has helped establish the basis for methods used when sustaining human operations within the hostile aerospace environment.

Dayton, Ohio, is a city marked with a rich history of aviation and space research activities that began with the Wright brothers. Program participants will have the opportunity to enrich their experience by visiting the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which includes multiple Wright brothers’ historic sites within the greater Dayton area.

Dates of Future Programs

  • June 20 to December 16, 2016
  • June 19 to December 15, 2017

Program Fee

The program fee covers instruction, textbooks, guest lecture presentations and related educational materials (see below). Note: total certificate program cost does not include living expenses (i.e. housing, food, transportation, required health insurance, etc.). The Division of Aerospace Medicine offices and conference room (where all classes are held), are located off campus within the Miami Valley Research Park grounds in Kettering, Ohio. Students should plan accordingly when considering housing and transportation options.

For information regarding the current program fee, please contact the Division of Aerospace Medicine at (937) 775-1400. Please indicate the year of consideration when inquiring.

Included Textbooks

  • Fundamentals of Aerospace Medicine, 4th ed.
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight
  • Ernsting’s Aviation Medicine, 5th ed.
  • Jeppesen Private Pilot Manual

Included Educational Materials

  • VFR Sectional Chart
  • VFR Terminal Area Chart
  • World Aeronautical Chart
  • Enroute Low Altitude Chart
  • ASA Composite E6b Computer
  • Forever Sectional Plotter
Note: Certificate program participation does not require registration as a Wright State University student, and completion of the certificate program does not earn Wright State University credits. Demonstration of English proficiency is required, with the following minimum test scores: TOEFL iBT® test: 79; IELTS Band: 6; TOEIC®: 750; PTE: 54.
Last edited on 06/08/2016.