Rehabilitation Sciences

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree Awarded: Master of Health Sciences (MHS); Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 (MHS); 48.0 (post master's or clinical graduate degree)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2308
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1123

About the Programs

Master of Health Sciences Program

Individuals cannot enroll directly in the Master of Health Sciences in Rehabilitation Sciences program.  Requirements for the degree completion include successful completion of 45.0 credit hours concluding with a case study or a clinical project.

Upon completion of the MHS program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Analyze the impact of injury or disease process on musculoskeletal or neuromuscular function within a specific population, including orthopedics, pediatrics, and hand rehabilitation.
  • Improve their practice through clinical decision-making that is consistent with concepts of health promotion, client-centered care and current best evidence.
  • Facilitate the transfer of health care policy and research findings into clinical practice.
  • Evaluate methods of service delivery and intervention strategies and procedures at individual and program levels.
  • Serve effectively as clinical educators and consultants to consumers and colleagues.
  • Engage in professional life-long learning and contribute to the field of rehabilitation.

Additional Information

 For more information, visit the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences web page.

PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Sciences program is designed to prepare physical therapists and other professionals to take leadership roles as researchers and educators in rehabilitation sciences, and to conduct research that will ultimately impact the quality of life for individuals with limitations in motor function.

Program Objectives

The PhD program prepares individuals for leadership, teaching and research roles in the profession. On completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Analyze movement from multiple perspectives, including body function, activity, and participation.
  • Analyze theory, research, and health care policy relevant to health promotion and rehabilitation to translate knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Develop and evaluate innovative  mechanisms, methods, interventions, and models of service delivery for health promotion and rehabilitation.
  • Effectively communicate information orally through professional presentations and in writing through grant proposals and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Develop an ongoing area of research that is competitive for grant funding.
  • Apply innovative teaching methods to a wide variety of situations, including academic settings.

Plan of Study

Student and faculty advisor collaboratively design an individualized plan of study based on common research interests. Prospective students are encouraged to explore our faculty research areas and information on our PhD faculty mentors on our program website

Degree Requirements

Master of Health Sciences (MHS): 45.0 quarter credits

Core Requirements
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 523Methods for Health Research3.0
PTRS 721Teaching Concepts in Rehabilitation3.0
PTRS 651Applied Tissue Biomechanics3.0
PTRS 758Evidence-Based Rehabilitation4.0
PTRS 650Motor Control and Learning Rehabilitation3.0
Concentration
Students select a minimum of 16-18 credits in one of the following concentrations.16.0-18.0
Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation Concentration Options
Foundations in Hand Therapy
Upper Quarter Joint Pathology
Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter
Diseases That Affect the Hand
Work Injury Management
Pediatrics Concentration Options *
Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation
Pediatric Decision Making
Pediatric Clinical Application
Selected Topics in Pediatrics
Orthopedics Concentration Options *
Spinal Rehabilitation
Extremity Rehabilitation
Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
Biomechanics in Human Movement
Introduction to Movement Science
Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Foundations in Hand Therapy
Upper Quarter Joint Pathology
Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter
Diseases That Affect the Hand
Work Injury Management
Electives *
Select at least two of the following:3.0-5.0
Pharmacotherapeutics
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Special Topics
Independent Study
Final Project
PTRS 786MHS Final Project I1.0-2.0
PTRS 787MHS Final Project II1.0-2.0
Total Credits45.0
*

Additional courses (as approved). Contact the Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Health Science Program for more details.

Degree Requirements

The core curriculum includes coursework in research and teaching. Concentration courses in clinical and basic science are selected based on the student’s area of interest, objective for doctoral study, and dissertation research. Students work individually with a faculty mentor to complete the required research and teaching practica.

Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits. A comprehensive examination and a dissertation research project are required.The PhD degree can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years of full-time study for students.  

Additional Information

For more information, visit the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences web page.

Core Courses
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RHAB 760Academia for Rehabilitation Scientists1.0
RHAB 761Foundations of Rehabilitation Research3.0
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 811Intermediate Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 812Interpretation of Data3.0
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 815Scientific Inquiry and Writing3.0
Concentration/Elective Course Options8.0-12.0
A minimum of 8.0 to 12.0 additional credits of courses are selected based on the student's concentration area and objectives for graduate study. Students may take courses from any concentration with the approval of their advisor and permission of the course instructor.
Motor Control and Learning Rehabilitation
Applied Tissue Biomechanics
Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation
Evidence-Based Rehabilitation
Pediatric Decision Making
Pediatric Clinical Application
Selected Topics in Pediatrics
Geriatric Rehabilitation
Extremity Rehabilitation
Spinal Rehabilitation
Foundations in Hand Therapy
Upper Quarter Joint Pathology
Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter
Diseases That Affect the Hand
Foundations of School-based Practice
Advanced Competencies in School-based Practice
Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
Biomechanics in Human Movement
Introduction to Movement Science
Sensors & Transducers in Rehabilitation
Additional courses (as approved) *
Practica and Independent Study
RHAB 820Independent Study1.0-4.0
RHAB 823Research Practicum1.0-6.0
RHAB 824Teaching Practicum I1.0
RHAB 825Teaching Practicum II2.0
RHAB 826Teaching Practicum III3.0
Total Credits48.0
*

Students also may take courses from other departments and schools in the University with approval of their advisor and permission of the course instructor.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
RHAB 761Foundations of Rehabilitation Research3.0
RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
RSCH 811Intermediate Biostatistics3.0
Concentration course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits9.0-10.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RSCH 812Interpretation of Data3.0
Concentration course3.0-4.0
 Term Credits9.0-10.0
Term 4
RHAB 760Academia for Rehabilitation Scientists1.0
RHAB 820Independent Study1.0-4.0
RHAB 823Research Practicum1.0-6.0
 Term Credits3.0-11.0
Term 5
RHAB 823Research Practicum1.0-6.0
RHAB 824Teaching Practicum I1.0
RSCH 815Scientific Inquiry and Writing3.0
 Term Credits5.0-10.0
Term 6
RHAB 820Independent Study1.0-4.0
RHAB 825Teaching Practicum II2.0
 Term Credits3.0-6.0
Term 7
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
 Term Credits1.0-12.0
Term 8
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
 Term Credits1.0-12.0
Term 9
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
 Term Credits1.0-12.0
Term 10
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
 Term Credits1.0-12.0
Term 11
RHAB 830Dissertation Research1.0-12.0
 Term Credits1.0-12.0
Total Credit: 43.0-116.0

Facilities

Teaching Facilities and Resources

Most classes are held in lecture halls, classrooms, or laboratories on the Center City (Health Sciences) Campus of Drexel University. The entire campus has wireless capability for easy internet access. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has two state-of-the-art dedicated laboratories. Our teaching resources also include supported distance learning technology. Instructional materials are provided through text, graphics, audio and video formats and are available online through a course management system 24 hours a day. Our online courses are highly interactive through the use of web discussion boards, audio chat tools, and video conferencing.

Research Facilities

The department's research facilities include over 9,000 square feet of well-equipped research laboratory space (Biomechanics, Gait, Pediatrics, and Neuromuscular Performance Labs), with equipment including force plates, EMG, motion analysis and human performance measurement equipment. This space includes conference rooms, PhD and post doc offices and is located next door to the Colleges 14,000 square feet, multi-disciplinary clinical practice.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation also values community partners as a central part of the research resources. Many faculty and students are involved in community-based research through collaborations with CanChild Centre, 11th Street Family Health Center, and numerous pediatric hospitals, out-patient facilities, and early intervention providers. Faculty are collaborating on research projects with nationally and internationally known researchers on several multi-site funded projects.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty

Maria Benedetto, DPT (University of Puerto Rico; Columbia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Pediatrics, Motor learning and motor control; yoga for children; dance prevention and injury rehabilitation
Lisa Ann Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA (Hahnemann University) Director, PhD and Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation Programs. Professor. Pediatric community-based practice; family-centered care; determinants of outcomes; and participation of children with physical disabilities.
David Ebaugh, PT, PhD (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Identification and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal impairments associated with shoulder pain and dysfunction; differential diagnosis of shoulder problems; orthopedic examinations and interventions
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT (Beaver College) Director, Post-Professional Clinical Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Hand and upper extremity injuries related to repetitive movement including tendinopathies and nerve compression syndromes.
Margaret Finley, PT, PhD (University of Maryland). Associate Professor. Upper extremity movement patters in persons with chronic neuromuscular disorders.
Kevin E. Gard, DPT, OCS (Temple University) Vice-Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Director, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Orthopedics; sports medicine.
Margery A. Lockard, PT, PhD (Hahnemann University). Clinical Professor. Orthopedic/musculoskeletal physical therapy; management of patients using prosthetic and orthotic devices; and anatomy and physiology.
Robert Maschi, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Orthopedics, musculoskeletal disorders, lower extremity biomechanics and movement analysis
Clare Milner, PhD, FACSM (University of Leeds) Research Lab Coordinator. Associate Professor. Biomechanics of lower extremity injury, injury prevention, and rehabilitation; overuse injuries in runners; gait in people with knee pathology
Kathryn D. Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS (Temple University) Assistant Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult neuromuscular rehabilitation; balance and falls in Multiple Sclerosis.
Margaret O'Neil, PT, PhD, MPH (MCP Hahnemann University; Duke University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Measurement of and interventions to improve physical activity and fitness levels and promote participation in children and youth with who are overweight/obese and those with physical disabilities (especially cerebral palsy).
Margo Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Walking and running biomechanics and participation in children with developmental disabilities, evaluation of enhancing participation for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA (Boston University). Distinguished Professor. Classification and prognosis for gross motor function in children and youth with cerebral palsy; interventions to improve activity and participation in children with physical disabilities; transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities.
Joseph A. Rubertone, MPT, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Connectivity of vestibular nuclear complex, brain tumor imaging, and clinical studies pertaining to the effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation.
Patricia Rubertone, PT, MPT, MSW, EdD (Widener University) Director of Experiential Learning. Assistant Clinical Professor. Student learning; course design; judgment of physical therapy student clinic performance by novice vs. experienced clinical instructors.
Sheri Silfies, PT, PhD (MCP Hahnemann University) Research Lab Coordinator. Associate Professor. Identification and treatment of impairments in neuromuscular control of trunk mobility and stability in patients with low back pain, focusing on mechanism of recurrent low back pain; core control in athletes.
Sinclair A. Smith, MS, DSc (Boston University) Chair, Health Sciences. Professor. The use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and near infrared spectroscopy to non-invasively study neuromuscular metabolism in humans; creatine supplementation on mitochondrial respiration; weight training studies.
Susan Smith, PT, PhD (University of Connecticut, Texas Woman's University) Interim Chair, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Health Professions Graduate Education. Associate Professor. Geriatrics: health promotion and interventions for manifestations of low bone mass; assessment of fall risk and fall prevention interventions for older adults
Sara Tomaszewski, PT, DPT, OCS (Duke University). Clinical Instructor. Orthopedics and sports physical therapy, injury prevention, and return-to-sport decision making.
Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS (Arcadia University; Temple University) Coordinator, Professional Practice Lab. Assistant Clinical Professor. Health, wellness and fitness, models for preventative physical therapy, dance medicine.
Annette Willgens, PT, EdD, PCS (Northcentral University) Director of Clinical Education. Associate Clinical Professor. Qualitative focus using phenomenology and grounded theory to explore issues in clinical education, student stress during clinical education, mindful clinical practice and pediatric topics relating to wellness and health promotion.
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