Program Overview

Rehabilitation Sciences student

You will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences that will open the door to possible advanced degrees in Rehabilitation Science, Public Health, Rehabilitation Engineering or doctoral degrees in Physical or Occupational Therapy as entry-level therapists.  If you would like to be a growing part of society’s goal to provide access to all persons, with and without disabilities, this program is the right choice for you.  Combining innovation and assistive technology with the latest technologies developed will allow you to further obtain a certification in assistive technology through the RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America) who recognizes this program as a stepping-stone for obtaining a national certification in assistive technology. Teachers, therapists, engineers, architectural designers, game developers are all perfect candidates for this degree program.

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Full Description

The Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (BS in RS) program provides an expanded knowledge of contemporary rehabilitation practice. The program highlights the use of assistive technology interventions.

This innovative inter-professional program allows students from various backgrounds, such as engineering, social sciences, and education, to support individuals with disabilities to regain functional independence.

Individuals of all ages affected by a disability are working towards achieving their life goals and re-engaging in meaningful activities in their lives. Students will be able to effect change in individuals’ lives by analyzing physical, cognitive, and perceptual skills and providing interventions using clinical reasoning and advanced analytical processes.

Students will also 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 architectural or interior design, video game development, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, and other healthcare and related areas may apply to broaden job opportunities within the health and wellness community and disability population across the lifespan.

Graduates will enjoy the advantage of working with inter-professional team members as they advance their understanding of disability and assistive technology use and design.

Students will be prepared for career advancement in healthcare-related fields, disability rights, human function fields, patient advocacy, social sciences, or graduate studies in occupational therapy.

Individuals who have obtained certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant may be eligible for advanced standing for the MSOT graduate degree offered at NEIT upon partial completion of the BS in RS program.

One unique feature of this rehabilitation science program is a partnership with TechACCESS, a leader in Assistive Technology located nearby Warwick, Rhode Island. Technology Labs are available to students on-site at TechACCESS.

The hybrid format allows students to attend courses on campus, early evenings, a few days per week. Students can take the remainder of the program online. Working professionals will enjoy the hybrid format allowing students to engage in their education with a schedule that meets their needs.

Potential Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities for a qualified professional with a degree span across a number of rehabilitation services, including, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation science, social sciences, and human function study programs.

Jobs in rehabilitation counseling regularly open up at places like senior centers, sports medicine teams, social work centers, nursing homes, and physical therapy centers, to name a few.

Work Adjustment Specialist

Geriatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Vocational Evaluator

Children’s Rehabilitation Specialist

Independent Living Center Employee

Group Home or Residential Specialist

Human Services Worker

Job Coach

Physical Therapist Assistant

Rehabilitation Counseling Specialist

Occupational Therapist Assistant


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Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences program’s mission is to provide an advanced degree for those with an associate-level education in healthcare or related fields, including but not limited to video game development, architectural or interior design.

Through a combination of didactic and laboratory experiences, the program emphasizes the hands-on application of knowledge of rehabilitation, technological interventions, environmental modifications, and leadership in promoting the functional independence of individuals with disabilities.

Program Goals

The goals of the Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences are:

  1. To provide experiential learning opportunities that match current practice standards to meet adult learners’ diverse learning needs.
  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 in healthcare or related areas,  video game development, architectural or interior design.
  4. To prepare individuals 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 expressions 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.

Courses Offered

We have developed a wide-ranging curriculum of health and wellness courses as part of our Rehabilitation Science undergraduate program. Students gain the experience and instruction needed to succeed in different areas, including physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and more. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Assessment Practices in Assistive Technology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Functional Biomechanics
  • Clinical Reasoning in Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Seating and Mobility
  • Assistive Technology in the Classroom
  • Environmental Accessibility
  • Pathophysiology: A Clinical Approach (for graduates of Health Sciences programs) or Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology (all other AS programs)
  • Functional Neuroscience
  • Research Writing in the Social Sciences
  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Applied Research Statistics

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.