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College Offers Innovative Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Science

Program addresses a growing need

New Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Science Launches Fall 2016

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a new master's degree in Rehabilitation Science at Lasell College, featuring an interdisciplinary approach that offers professionals in the Exercise Science and Athletic Training fields the opportunity to study the management of pathomechanics in an online setting with a required hands-on manual therapy residency. The online program launches in fall 2016.

The new Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science degree is distinct in that it addresses psychology, ethics and leadership aspects of the field and fills a void for master's level study in the rehabilitation sciences field, which is an area of relative weakness in many undergraduate programs. In addition, the online degree includes an optional "Field Experience Course" and a required 10-day residency where students will acquire and apply manual therapy techniques in a laboratory setting.

"Most graduate study in the field offers PhD programs for physical therapy," says Christina Haverty, chair of Lasell's Athletic Training and Exercise Science program. "Our degree option offers an alternative and gives others, such as athletic trainers and healthcare professionals, the opportunity to specialize in the area of rehabilitation science."

In addition, Haverty tells Leaves, the new program addresses a growing need for graduate degrees among athletic trainers in order to advance in the field and will allow current Lasell Exercise Science and Athletic Training students to gain a bachelor's and master's degree through a 5th Year Option.

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