What is it?
Rehabilitation Science is an
interdisciplinary field that focuses on human
function and disability. Two disciplines
often found within Rehabilitation Science are Physical
(PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT).
Physical therapy is a
profession primarily concerned with the
remediation of impairments and disabilities and
the promotion of mobility, functional ability,
quality of life and movement potential through
examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical
intervention to improve physical
mobility and health. Physical Therapist help people with joint and muscle
injury and help them recover faster and regain their mobility. The
injuries can range from sports injuries, falls or accidents.
For a fuller discussion look here:
Occupational Outlook Hand Book.
Occupational therapy is a holistic health
care profession that aims to promote health by
enabling individuals to perform meaningful and
purposeful activities across the lifespan.
Occupational therapists use treatments to
develop, recover, or maintain the daily living
and work skills of their patients with a
physical, mental or developmental condition. OT's
usually work closely with people with physical disabilities and educate
them to improve activities of daily living. For example, people who have
had serious injuries and may have compromised mobility may consult with
an OT to see how they can regain abilities with their activities of
daily living (taking a shower, dressing, eating etc). For a
fuller discussion look here:
Occupational Outlook Hand Book
Where do PT's and OT's Work?
PT's and OT's can work both in the hospital or community clinics. They
can also go into private practice (in the case of PTs) and private
consultants (in the case of OTs).
PT's and OT's continue to be in high demand.
typically need a
therapists to be
therapists to be
The competition for acceptance into these programs is very keen.
GRE is required
and a cumulative
GPA of at least
a 3.0 is needed
in your junior
and senior level
will also need a
3.0 GPA or
higher in all of
if volunteer (or
required by the
PT programs) to
which you are
Sample of Graduate Programs