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Graduate Certificate in Human-Animal Interaction and Animal-Assisted Interventions

The Graduate Certificate in Human-Animal Interactions and Animal-Assisted Interventions program, consists of 23 credits of coursework, available online. It is intended for health/allied health professionals, and educators with a special interest in integrating animals in their career work. It aims to equipped students to be culturally responsive in their animal-assisted work with diverse populations across different contexts.

This professional certificate is designed to give learners a specialized education, about human-animal interactions and skills to be competent in animal-assisted interventions (AAI). It acknowledges the history of animal-assisted interventions, and the training, research, and contributions from anthrozoology and psychology as well. It emphasizes the responsible, ethical, and legal practice of professionals who integrate these complementary modalities. Additionally, promotes scientific research collaborations and social sensibility for the non-human animals in our daily lives.

Our Graduate Certificate in Human-Animal Interactions and Animal-Assisted Interventions program meets the needs of a diverse range of students by offering a fully online modality with synchronous and asynchronous activities.

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Program Details



Academic Level

Graduate Certificate

Certificate Duration

One academic year

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Program Director:

Yahaira Segarra González, Ph.D.

(787) 838-7272, ext. 7143
Albizu Mayagüez University Center
Carr. 64 Esquina Calle #3 Urb. Industrial Algarrobos,
Mayagüez, P.R. 00680

Program Highlights

  • This program is designed to equipped health/allied health professionals and educators with the knowledge and skills in animal-assisted interventions.
  • Provides both theoretical and practical skills in integrating animal-assisted interventions to work within a multidisciplinary team.
  • This program meets the needs of a diverse range of students by synchronous and asynchronous activities.

In Focus

  • This program is offered fully online.
  • Our Graduate Certificate in Human-Animal Interactions and Animal-Assisted Interventions program trains students in a professional atmosphere. It is dedicated to promote professionals that can design and implement comprehensive animal-assisted intervention programs.
  • The program faculty members in charge of this program have extensive field and educational experience working within the field of research and practice of human-animal interactions and animal-assisted interventions.

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  1. Evidence of completion of a Master's or Doctoral degree in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or Counseling, with a minimum overall average of 3.0 GPA.
    The institution reserves the right to admit candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements. Considering Exceptional admission criteria: Minimum accumulated general average of 2.50 GPA (Grade Point Average). Admitted applicants will have one semester to meet the academic progress satisfactory applicable to their academic level, so that they remain active students in the program for the rest of the course of study. In addition, they must present evidence of research experience (writing, certifications).
  1. Access the following link to complete your application: You can also digitally attach your admission requirements in PDF format.
  2. Send transcripts of official credits from the institutions where you have studied previously to the Admissions Office. The applicant must have passed courses in the area of psychological evaluation or its equivalent: Intelligence Assessment, Personality Assessment: Objective Tests, Personality Assessment: Projective Tests. The applicant must have taken the courses in the area of psychological intervention or its equivalent: Psychotherapy, Advanced Psychotherapy. Please address them to:

PO BOX 9023711
SAN JUAN, PR 00902-3711

  1. Evidence of supervised clinical practice in psychotherapy and assessment.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader
  3. Negative Certificate of Criminal Record. You may apply online at
  4. Original Health Certificate.
  5. Proof of Hepatitis-B vaccination.

After submitting the Application for Admission along with all required documentation, the Campus Admissions Office will evaluate your academic record to determine if you meet the requirements. If eligible, the record is referred to the program director for evaluation, interview and admission determination. The determination of Admission or non-admission to the program will be notified in writing to the applicant through the Admissions Office.

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