Lasell’s Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science program is designed for educators and registered, certified and/or licensed health and rehabilitation professionals interested in expanded roles in professional practice, administration, research, and teaching. You will develop problem-solving skills necessary to assume leadership roles in research, clinical practice, and educational settings in health-related disciplines.
Offered online for convenience - Experience all the quality you demand from a graduate program paired with the convenience of classes offered exclusively online. With 24/7 access, you can complete your coursework as your schedule allows, knowing that you can join class discussions at times that work for you. The online degree includes an optional Field Experience Course and a required separate summer residency where students will acquire and apply manual therapy techniques in a laboratory setting.
Competitive curriculum - Our distinctive Rehabilitation Science graduate program is the only one of its type in the Northeast. Classes include Pathokinesiology, Pharmacology and Advanced Kinesiology and Biomechanics.
Highly qualified faculty practitioners - Professor Cristina Haverty, M.Ed., Chair of our Athletic Training and Exercise Science department, has been with Lasell for 15 years. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in leading the department through several re-accreditation processes to a successful position among athletic training programs in the region.
Extensive student support services - To maximize your success in our program, Lasell provides a wide range of support services including career counseling, academic advising, and enrollment counseling.
Our Rehabilitation Science program requires a bachelor's degree in a health-related field from an accredited institution. Learn more about our admissions requirements and join us to further your career.
*Students Participating in the MS in Rehabilitation Science will earn a Graston Level 1 or NASM Corrective Exercise Certification, as well as FMS Level 1 Certification during the program. Currently, these certifications are recognized in the state of Massachusetts and nationally, but students should visit the organization sites for additional information.
The MS in Rehabilitation Science curriculum provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific process and a strong foundation in research experience and methodology, and effective treatment approaches to a rehabilitation science practice.
This program is a total of 36 credits comprised of 30 required credits (10 courses) and 6 elective credits (2 courses) which can be choosen from any graduate level course.
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This course focuses on the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect patient care, and highlights the importance of evidence-based practice. The NATA code of ethics and BOC Standards of Professional Practice will be used as a framework to highlight the importance of working as part of a health care team, advocating for patients and the profession, and providing medical care in a non-discriminating or prejudicial manner
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.
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.
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. Pre-requisite RSCI701
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.
This course will introduce pre-habilitation and rehabilitation exercise strategies based 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. Pre-requisite RSCI703.
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. RSCI 704 is an on campus course scheduled during the required summer residency.
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.
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.
Through the completion of a research project, on a topic within the field, 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 their professions. Pre-requisite: must be taken in final semester of program. Prerequisite: RSCI780
Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Rehabilitation Science graduate degree program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission. The TOEFL may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada. All other applicants must submit a TOEFL/IELTS score.
Admission Requirements Checklist:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework *
- B.A./B.S. in a health-related field from an accredited institution
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
- Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 credits), Kinesiology (3-4 credits), and Statistics (3 credits)
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is recommended for recent college graduates with fewer than 3 years of professional work experience.*
Materials should be submitted through MyPortal or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466