Master of Science:The master of science degree in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science is open to those with a related science major interested in strengthening their core undergraduate major with advanced course work in research and rehabilitation science. A master’s degree may strengthen a pre-professional student’s application for entry into physical therapy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy or medical school. A student may choose from a variety of areas of emphasis for their degree including: community wellness, exercise physiology, neuro control of movement, movement disorders, sports medicine including biomechanics or performance enhancement. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Applicants to the master's program will likely need a significantly higher undergraduate GPA than 3.000 in order to be competitive.
Doctor of Philosophy:The doctor of philosophy in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science builds upon the core competencies of clinical degrees (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical ethics and patient care) with course work in rehabilitation systems physiology, applied neurophysiology, statistics, molecular genetics and research methodology. Students gain extensive research experience in the exercise, rehabilitation and movement disorders research cores housed within the exercise science program and the Department of Physical Therapy. Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound and acute and chronic exercise training to explore mechanisms of dysfunction and develop theories for restoring function in people with movement disorders. Movement disorders cross age, gender and all ethnic boundaries and include populations with multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer survivors, pediatric obesity, cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain syndromes.
Students applying to the doctoral program must have successfully completed either a master’s degree in a related discipline or a post-baccalaureate clinical degree (D.P.T., M.P.T., M.P.A., M.S.N., M.D., etc.) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 (based on a 4.000 scale).
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
International Student Requirements:
a minimum acceptable score on the iBT TOEFL exam of 90 overall, with minimum section scores of 25 for listening and speaking, and minimum scores of 20 for reading and writing, or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.