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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 21, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Rehabilitation Science, BS

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The Bachelor of Science Program in Rehabilitation Science offers a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare students for graduate education in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, prosthetics and orthotics, rehabilitation counseling and assistive technology, as well as for graduate studies in other health care fields. In addition to the coursework offered, the program has the flexibility to allow students to pursue their particular interests and goals. Students are encouraged to explore other areas of academic inquiry through elective courses, minors and certificates throughout the University and abroad; to participate in clinical experiences; to involve themselves in undergraduate research; and to develop their leadership and community building skills through participation in student organizations and community service.

The majority of faculty members who teach in this program are a strong interdisciplinary group of individuals from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences departments, including the departments of Emergency Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Rehabilitation Science and Technology. In addition, instructors from other Schools of the Health Sciences (e.g. Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health) teach within the program along with community leaders, clinicians and researchers with experience in selected areas.

Contact Information:

Amy Evans, MPPM

Academic Advisor and Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences

Suite 5048, Forbes Tower


Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Courses: 

Students are eligible for admission to the rehabilitation science program after successful completion of 60 college credits including the following prerequisite courses, other admission criteria and an application. Applications will be viewed when approximately 45 credits are completed and 15 credit are in process.

Total Prerequisites: 34-37

Students planning to apply to graduate programs in health sciences are encouraged to complete most of the prerequisite courses for those programs (e.g., Physics 2, Biology 2, Chemistry 2, etc.) prior to admission to the undergraduate rehabilitation science program. Anatomy and Physiology (prerequisites for many professional health science programs) are included in the rehabilitation science curriculum.

Application Procedures

Required for admission: an application with all transcripts from colleges/universites attended, a personal essay, one letter of recommendation, and a resume. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum math and sceince prerequisite GPA of 2.5 is required (3.0 GPA is strongly preferred). Please note that admission to the Rehabilitation Science program is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

For additional admission criteria, please refer to the SHRS Admissions section of this catalog.

Transfer Student Information:

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid’s Transfer Application and selecting Rehabilitation Science as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here. Application deadline: February 15

Rehabilitation Science Curriculum

SHRS requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate, 60 of which must be Rehabilitation Science credits (minimum 30 SHRS credits and 30 additional credits approved by RS Adviser) 


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Example Plan of Study

This plan of study example includes both required and elective courses offered in the Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Science. Students are encouraged to design their own plan of study based on their career, academic and personal interests. 

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