Physical Therapy College Degree

Rehabilitation Sciences

Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

A Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (BS in RS) provides students with expanded knowledge of contemporary rehabilitation practice.  Highlighting the use of assistive technology interventions, this innovative interprofessional program allows students from various backgrounds, such as the health sciences, engineering, and interior design, to support individuals with disabilities to regain functional independence.

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Bachelor of Science Degree

A Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (BS in RS) provides students with expanded knowledge of contemporary rehabilitation practice.  Highlighting the use of assistive technology interventions, this innovative interprofessional program allows students from various backgrounds, such as the health sciences, engineering, and interior design, to support individuals with disabilities to regain functional independence.  Individuals of all ages affected by a disability are interested in achieving their life goals and re-engaging in meaningful activities in their lives.  Students will be able to effect change in the lives of individuals through the analysis of physical, cognitive, and perceptual skills and provide interventions using clinical reasoning and advanced analytical processes. Students will engage in hands-on learning to maximize an individual’s engagement in activities within their home, work, school and community environments.

The National Center for Education Statistics, Institute for Education Sciences, describes rehabilitation sciences as "a program that focuses on human function, disability, and rehabilitation from the perspectives of the health sciences, social sciences, psychology, engineering, and related fields."  Students with an earned associate degree in engineering, architectural or interior design, video game development, occupational therapy assistant and physical therapist assistant may apply in order to broaden job opportunities within the health and wellness community and disability population across the lifespan.

Courses in physical rehabilitation, assistive technology and occupational science prepares students for career advancement in healthcare, patient advocacy, or graduate studies in occupational therapy, engineering-related fields, physical therapy, sports medicine or architectural design (specific science general education coursework is required for application to physical therapy graduate programs).  Individuals who have obtained certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant may be eligible, upon partial completion of the BS in RS program, for advanced standing in the MSOT program offered at NEIT.

Students will enjoy the advantage of working with interprofessional team members as they advance their knowledge in disability rights, services and advocacy. The program will be delivered as a hybrid program meeting on campus approximately 5 times per quarter, every other week. The hybrid format allows students to engage in their education with a schedule that meets their needs.

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:

The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences is to provide an advanced degree for students with an associate degree in healthcare or related fields, including but not limited to engineering, video game development, architectural or interior design. Through a combination of didactic and laboratory experiences, the program emphasizes hands-on application of knowledge of rehabilitation, technological interventions, environmental modifications and leadership to promote functional independence of individuals with disabilities.

Program Goals:

The program goals of the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences are:

  1. To provide experiential learning opportunities that match current practice standards to meet the diverse learning needs of adult learners.
  2. To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function in a leadership or advocacy role in the healthcare field.
  3. To enhance career opportunities for students with a degree in healthcare or related fields, engineering, video game development, architectural or interior design.
  4. To prepare students for application to graduate studies in various fields.

Program Outcomes:

The graduate will:

  1. Be prepared to function in a leadership role in a health care delivery system, education or service delivery team.
  2. Enhance the care of individuals with disabilities, across the lifespan.
  3. Communicate all written and oral expression of learned concepts with proficiency and function as an active member of a team.
  4. Expand skills in problem-solving, and thinking logically, flexibly, and critically.
  5. Advocate for individuals with disabilities, demonstrate professional ethics and standards, and respect the value of all people.
  6. Display a commitment to professional development and life-long learning by integrating informational resources and relevant literature.

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • For graduates of Health Sciences AS programs:
  • RS 370 Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences
  • RS 375 Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • BIO 374 Pathophysiology: A Clinical Approach
  • EN 331 Research Writing

  • All remaining quarters (RS Track):
  • BIO 440 Functional Neuroscience
  • EN 422 Writing in Health Sciences
  • HCM 312 Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • HCM 410 Health Care Marketing
  • MGM 335 Human Resource Management
  • MGM 355 21st Century Leadership
  • MGM Management Budgeting and Effectiveness
  • MGM 485 Management of Change and Innovation
  • PS 410 Applied Research Statistics
  • RS 380 Assessment Practices in Assistive Technology
  • RS 385 Health and Wellness
  • RS 390 Functional Biomechanics
  • RS 395 Clinical Reasoning in Rehabilitation
  • RS 400 Exercise Physiology I and Lab
  • RS 405 Seating and Mobility
  • RS 413 Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • RS 415 Environmental Accessibility
  • RS 450 Capstone in Assistive Technology
  • For graduates of all other AS programs:
  • RS 370 Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences
  • RS 375 Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • BIO 310 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • EN 331 Research Writing

  • All remaining quarters (Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum):
  • BIO 335 Essentials of Pharmacology
  • BIO 440 Functional Neuroscience
  • CHM 101 Life Science Chemistry
  • CHM 300 Chemistry I
  • HCM 310 Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • MA 124 Technical Math I with College Algebra
  • MGM 4xx Management Budgeting and Effectiveness
  • RS 380 Assessment Practices in Assistive Technology
  • RS 385 Health and Wellness
  • RS 390 Functional Biomechanics
  • RS 395 Clinical Reasoning in Rehabilitation
  • RS 400 Exercise Physiology I and Lab
  • RS 405 Seating and Mobility
  • RS 410 Exercise Physiology II and Lab or RS 413 Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • RS 415 Environmental Accessibility
  • RS 420 Sports Medicine
  • RS 450 Capstone in Assistive Technology
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