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University of Pittsburgh    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Apr 15, 2021
2019-2020 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, in addition to other health care professions. The program has core curriculum requirements with enough flexibility to permit 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:

Contact Information:

Amy Evans, MPPM

Academic Advisor and Assistant Director 

Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Science

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 statement, one letter of recommendation, and a resume. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 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 the Rehabilitation Science Advisor) 

Online Course Policy:

Once a student has matriculated into the BSRS Program, up to 6 online credits will be accepted from either the University of Pittsburgh or another four-year institution. An exception may be made for an online medical terminology course noting that if such a course is taken for more than one credit, only one credit can be applied towards the BSRS degree.  Therefore, a total of 7 online credits may be possible with this scenario. No online courses will be accepted from a two-year institution, except for an online medical terminology course.

Additional online credits may be accepted if taken prior to matriculation into the BSRS Program. Students are expected to review their plan of study with the BSRS Academic Advisor before registering for any online course.  All credits from an outside institution must be approved before a student may enroll.


Policy on Taking Courses at Another Institution: 

Current SHRS students in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of at least 2.00), including students admitted to SHRS who need to complete prerequisites prior to starting their program, may attend another accredited institution in order to complete their degree requirements, provided they receive prior approval from the SHRS Dean’s office. Students who have completed 60 or more credits may not take program-required courses or electives at two-year institutions. However, up to six credits of graduate school prerequisites may be taken at a two-year institution and be applied to the BSRS degree.

Students will be required to fill out an approval form and provide appropriate course descriptions. Students will not receive credit for courses taken without advance approval. SHRS students may not enroll in courses outside the University of Pittsburgh in the semester they are graduating from SHRS.

Human Anatomy (4 credits):

One of the following:

REHSCI 1200 Human Anatomy and REHSCI 1201 Human Anatomy Lab will be required for students entering the program in Fall 2020 and later. 

Human Physiology (4 credits):

One of the following:

NUR 0012 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and NUR 0002 Nursing Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1 will no longer be accepted for students entering the program in Fall 2020 and later.


One of the following

Global Citizenship:

This requirement will be reevaluated for students entering the program in Fall 2020 and later.

One of the following:

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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