The graduate certificate in rehabilitation science prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. The Institute of Medicine defines rehabilitation science as "a field of study that encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social sciences, and engineering. It is the melding of knowledge from several disciplines to understand the fundamental nature of the enabling–disabling process."
In this program, students will acquire competencies in the following areas:
Rehabilitation and recovery framework;
Research design and methodology;
Ability to participate in rehabilitation research.
The department hosts information sessions on a regular basis for those interested in our academic programs. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in speaking with one of our faculty members.
The curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. Candidates must have 15 graduate credits and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C to earn the certificate.
I feel that I gained a solid foundational knowledge of rehabilitative science by completing the graduate certificate program, and many of the concepts that I learned will directly apply to my studies as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student. The coursework was high caliber and rigorous. It challenged me to analyze, interpret, and discuss relevant material. It also helped me expand my critical thinking skills in a graduate setting.
The professors are leaders in the profession and experienced educators. They are eager to support their students and always accessible. They enhanced learning by providing insightful examples, relating the curriculum to real-world healthcare scenarios and research.
I found it very beneficial that many of my classmates were established clinicians. They often enhanced classroom discussion by sharing their knowledge and rehabilitative insight. Group projects provided opportunities to collaborate on the creation of graduate level presentations.
My advisor served as a tremendous influence for the duration of my certificate education. He went out of his way to mentor me and share his experiences concerning physical therapy. He also shared his insight on the DPT application process and assisted me in preparing for PT school interviews.
I believe that this program has not only provided an exceptional opportunity to study at the graduate level, but has also prepared me for success in my future profession. I would highly recommend the program to students who are exploring their interest in the rehabilitative field.