2016 - 2017 Academic Catalog

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science

Overview Requirements Course Descriptions Graduate Faculty

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science (MS in RS) is a multidisciplinary program designed for health, wellness, and rehabilitation professionals interested in expanded roles in professional practice, administration, and research. This is a fully online program with a required ten-day on-campus summer residency. The residency provides hands-on training in accordance with a four-credit Techniques in Manual Therapy course focusing on clinical skill acquisition and application. The proposed degree is intended to provide professions in these positions opportunities to gain advance clinical techniques and skills together with the knowledge, skill, and ability to engage and produce discipline specific research (through the Rehabilitation Program Capstone).

Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
PSYC714 Psyc of Sport, Injury & Rehabilitation 3
RSCI701 Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
RSCI702 Pathokinesiology 3
RSCI703 Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment 3
RSCI704 Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy 4
RSCI705 Evidence Based Rehabilitation 2
RSCI706 Rehabilitation Program Design for Human 3
RSCI716 Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions 3
RSCI780 Quantitative & Qualitative Research 3
RSCI781 Capstone 3

RSCI701 - Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics

The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of human motion, including normal gait and human movement. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiological factors in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, and the application of kinesiological principles to clinical rehabilitation practice.

RSCI702 - Pathokinesiology

The student will be introduced to a systematic evaluation approach based on the pathokinesiological model. The pathokinesiological model will examine human movement systems and it significance to regions of the human body. These regions will be recognized as potential sites for integrated pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise programs.

RSCI703 - Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment

The emphasis of this course is on the assessment of functional orthopedic conditions and musculoskeletal screening. The course emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations. The course goal is to improvethe clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint as related to movement andidentify those patients who require additional orthopedic evaluation & referral whileassessing patient complaints in a logical deductive manner. Screening and assessment tools will be demonstrated as part of the process. In addition, the student is able to assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.

RSCI704 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

This hands-on course provides the theory and clinical application of current best practices in manual therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that limit functional movement. The skills acquired in this course intend to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; mobilize soft tissues and joints; improve muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue inflammation or restrictions in movement. A certification in a manual therapy technique will be acquired at the completion of the course.

RSCI705 - Evidence Based Rehabilitation

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care.

RSCI706 - Rehabilitation Program Design for Human

on limit function and dysfunction. The student will receive detailed insight into the design of corrective exercise programs. The systematic approach of an integrated corrective exercise design uniquely blends the variables of available flexibility, isolated and integrated strengthening, and exercise design to provide the student with the necessary foundation in designing and developing safe prevention and corrective exercise programs.

RSCI708 - Applied Nutrition for Health Promotion

This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues nutrition for active individuals across the life span. Course topics will include: nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of lifestyle factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for physical and athletic activities. Common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance as well as appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people will be addressed.

RSCI712 - Field Experience

This course is designed for students interested in completing a field experience in their area of study. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervised experience in an approved setting. For students in New England, the department will facilitate the placements at an approved affiliated site. For students outside of New England, the department chair must approve the field experience site prior to enrolling in the course.

RSCI713 - Pharmacology

This course serves as a foundation to general pharmacology, focusing on categories of medications and their interaction with body systems. At the completion of this course, students will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and patient assessment finds to formulate an imporession and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

RSCI715 - Advanced Pathophysiology

This course involves an in-depth evaluation of disease and injury processes across the lifespan and their relevance totherapeutic rehabilitation are presented. Attention is given to all major physiological systems and their significance in the rehabilitation sciences.

RSCI716 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions

This course is a study of the application of ethical principles, which includes the legal factors and professional behavior, which impact patient management and the rights of the consumer in the provision of medical and rehabilitation services. Ethical issues explored include: human value development, decision making, basic principles of health care, the nature of rights, confidentiality and management of health care information, professional gate keeping as a function of role fidelity, autonomy and paternalism, and justice and the allocation of scarce resources.

RSCI717 - Healthcare Leadership & Decision Making

This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and fitness practice. Professional and personal growth will be discussed. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping fitness policy. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement. Topics related to business management include management theory, financial management, personnel management, record keeping, risk management and technology issues.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research

This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 - Capstone

Through the completion of a research based project, on a topic within the field of study, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to the profession and/or serve as a change agent in the field of study as a scholar.

Sarah Abbott

Faculty Connected Learning Organizer; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Janice Barrett

Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Linda Bucci

Chair of Justice Studies; Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Plummer House

Sarah Burrows

Director of the Internship Program; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Klingbeil

Elizabeth Hartmann

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Marisa Hastie

Associate Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science

Office: 70 Maple Street

Cristina Haverty

Chair of Athletic Training & Exercise Science; Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Office: 70 Maple Street

Dana Janbek

Associate Professor of Public Relations

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Young-Tae Kim

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Michael Laramee

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue Center for the Creative and Applied Arts

Luis Lopez-Preciado

Assistant Professor of Fashion

Office: Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

Amy Maynard

Associate Professor of Education

Office: Winslow Putnam Center

Meryl Perlson

Chair of Communication; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Donahue 107

Karin Raye

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Office: Klingbeil House

Matthew Reilly

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Office: Maple Terr MOD

Claudia Rinaldi

Chair of Education, Associate Professor of Education

Office: Brennan Library

Lori Rosenthal

Chair of Social Sciences; Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Plummer House

Daniel Sargeant

Chair of Sport Management; Assistant Professor

Office: Bancroft House

Dwayne Thomas

Associate Professor of Sport Management

Office: Wass Hall

Melissa Varao

Chair of Marketing/Management; Associate Professor Hospitality and Event Management

Office: DeArment House, #5

Nancy Waldron

Associate Professor of Marketing

Office: DeArment House

Martin Walsh

Associate Professor of Management

Office: DeArment House

Brian Wardyga

General Manager, Lasell College Radio; Associate Professor of Communication

Office: Brennan Library

Edward Weeks

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: Plummer House

Catherine Zeek

Professor of Education; Director of RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center

Office: Brennan 101

PSYC714 - Psyc of Sport, Injury & Rehabilitation

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theory and application of psychology of sport, injury, and rehabilitation. Topics covered include emotion, motivation, mental skills training and use, psychological antecedents of injury, psychology of injury and rehabilitation, career transition and termination, disabilities, rehabilitation/exercise adherence, eating disorders, alcohol and drug/substance abuse, gender and cultural diversity, and research methods related to the psychology of sport, injury, and rehabilitation.

RSCI701 - Advance Kinesiology and Biomechanics

The course involves a study of joint structure, joint function, and the biomechanical principles underlying the kinetics and kinematics of human motion, including normal gait and human movement. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between biomechanical and physiological factors in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, and the application of kinesiological principles to clinical rehabilitation practice.

RSCI702 - Pathokinesiology

The student will be introduced to a systematic evaluation approach based on the pathokinesiological model. The pathokinesiological model will examine human movement systems and it significance to regions of the human body. These regions will be recognized as potential sites for integrated pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise programs.

RSCI703 - Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment

The emphasis of this course is on the assessment of functional orthopedic conditions and musculoskeletal screening. The course emphasizes the application of systems analysis principles to clinical situations. The course goal is to improvethe clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint as related to movement andidentify those patients who require additional orthopedic evaluation & referral whileassessing patient complaints in a logical deductive manner. Screening and assessment tools will be demonstrated as part of the process. In addition, the student is able to assess clinical scenarios as illustrated by relevant case studies.

RSCI704 - Concepts & Application of Manual Therapy

This hands-on course provides the theory and clinical application of current best practices in manual therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of orthopedic conditions that limit functional movement. The skills acquired in this course intend to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; mobilize soft tissues and joints; improve muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue inflammation or restrictions in movement. A certification in a manual therapy technique will be acquired at the completion of the course.

RSCI705 - Evidence Based Rehabilitation

The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care.

RSCI706 - Rehabilitation Program Design for Human

on limit function and dysfunction. The student will receive detailed insight into the design of corrective exercise programs. The systematic approach of an integrated corrective exercise design uniquely blends the variables of available flexibility, isolated and integrated strengthening, and exercise design to provide the student with the necessary foundation in designing and developing safe prevention and corrective exercise programs.

RSCI716 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions

This course is a study of the application of ethical principles, which includes the legal factors and professional behavior, which impact patient management and the rights of the consumer in the provision of medical and rehabilitation services. Ethical issues explored include: human value development, decision making, basic principles of health care, the nature of rights, confidentiality and management of health care information, professional gate keeping as a function of role fidelity, autonomy and paternalism, and justice and the allocation of scarce resources.

RSCI780 - Quantitative & Qualitative Research

This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.

RSCI781 - Capstone

Through the completion of a research based project, on a topic within the field of study, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to the profession and/or serve as a change agent in the field of study as a scholar.