Master of Science in Health Science

Rehabilitative Science

Our program prepares allied health and fitness professionals to be leaders, educators and researchers in rehabilitation science. Request information today to learn more.

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Next Start: May 8, 2023

Rehabilitative Science Program Overview

The Master of Science in Health Science, Rehabilitative Science concentration track is suited for individuals who have a desire to advance their health science and exercise science knowledge, with a focus on:

  • evidence-based manual therapy
  • integrated biomechanics and motor control
  • injury prevention
  • diagnoses
  • physical/occupational therapy and management

The Rehabilitative Science track prepares allied health and sports and fitness professionals to become leaders, educators, and researchers in the area of rehabilitation science. Through the knowledge gained in this program, they will be equipped to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy. Students will grow their ability to identify best practices within rehabilitation science and develop knowledge in sport nutrition; exercise physiology; exercise science; and sport injury prevention, diagnosis, and management.

Courses are lab intensive to equip the learner with tools for immediate integration into their current practice setting, so as to better maximize patient outcomes.

Faculty not only teach. They also publish, present, and remain active in their fields of practice.

Why Rehabilitative Science?

Whether you’re a physical therapy assistant working with patients, an athletic trainer working with athletes, or a personal trainer working with clients, this program will expand your knowledge base and provide to you unique, specialized skills that you may immediately begin to apply to the special populations you serve. 

Our program is designed to help bridge the gap between where healthcare stops and healthy living begins.

Jon Geller

Assistant Athletic Therapist
Toronto Maple Leafs

“The Rehabilitation Science track at Rocky Mountain University far exceeded my expectations for a post-graduate program. The core courses provide the necessary foundation to build and implement an evidence-based practice. The concentration courses are each taught by experts in their respective fields who are currently practicing. The faculty are mindful of their students’ schedules outside of school and accommodate by providing extra time to submit assignments or by allowing students to work ahead. Not only was the curriculum stimulating and easy to apply right away, but each week I was able to engage with my classmates through various forms, which helped further enhance my learning by understanding their unique perspectives. I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to expand their current practice.”

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for Athletic Trainers to grow 23% between 2020 and 2030, which is much faster than the average. Additionally, the BLS predicts jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants to grow 32% between 2020 and 2030, and jobs for Occupational Therapist Assistants to grow 34% between 2020 and 2030, both of which are much faster than average.

Institutional Accreditation

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)

Introduction to general research principles and research ethics. The student will be introduced to the following topics in the research process: problem statement, question formulation, principles of measurement, basic design and methodological features, issues of reliability and validity, and fundamentals of conducting a literature review. Quantitative article critiques will be conducted in class and outside of class. The class format will include lecture, small group discussion, and practice.

HS 506 Data and Decision-Making (3 credits)

This course will focus on the use and application of statistics commonly found in the field of exercise science. Topical areas include but are not limited to determining appropriate statistical tests to perform, interpreting results and determining appropriate follow-up tests as needed. Emphasis is on design of experiments and appropriate statistical test usage, and interpretation of results.

HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make independent judgments about the validity, results, and application of clinical research and to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers. This course will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies.

HS 602 Applications of Education Practice (3 credits)

This course will explore best practices of the application of educational instruction and delivery for individuals working in a variety of employment settings with diverse populations including clients, patients, students and community learners. This course will include topics associated with generational learning, learning styles, learning design for groups and individuals along with various styles of delivery.

Rehabilitative Science (15 Credit Hours)

HS 509 Integrated Biomechanics (3 credits)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the concepts of movement integration and assessment to possess a general appreciation of biomechanical relationships. The body as an interconnected unit will serve as the foundational framework for learning and application. Students will recognize and apply treatment restoration to enhance movement quality for various client/patient populations. This course will emphasize the need for continual study and sourcing of various biomechanical information.

HS 630 Motor Control & Movement Analysis (3 credits)

Discussion and analysis of scientific principles related to the mechanical understanding of motor control and the human body in motion. Review of related literature and research in motor learning and control. The focus of this course will be on qualitative analysis of motor assessment as related to musculoskeletal assessment and corrective exercise interventions.

RS 600 Connective Tissue and Healing (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of connective tissue injury including degenerative processes, healing, and rehabilitation implications. Understanding of the relationships among connective tissues such as bone, ligaments, cartilage, capsule, tendon and muscle on a micro and macro level will be emphasized. Sport injuries, issues of aging, and rehabilitation principles in special populations will also be included. These principles will be applied to treatment procedure choices in rehabilitation.

RS 607 Preventative Measures (3 credits)

This course will expose students to contemporary topics in athletic training clinical practice such as, mild brain injury, environmental illnesses and musculoskeletal injury. Students will examine and synthesize current research on these topics and present evidence-based preventative measures in order to curb their incidence.

RS 615 Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation in Sport (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to examine evidence-based objective measures of proprioception, flexibility and strength required of individuals engaged in Sports. Through a case-based format, students will formulate and present rehabilitation interventions to address physical impairments found during functional assessment.

Elective (3 Credit Hours) or Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

Elective course (3 credits)


HS 686A Health Science Thesis (3 credits)
HS 686B Health Science Thesis (3 credits)


Webinar on Sports Performance and Rehabilitative Science

Dr. Kim Isaac, PhD, AT, LAT, Program Director and Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Functional Nutrition Track

Dr. Denise Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, IFMCP, Concentration Track Director

Webinar on the Health Promotion and Wellness Track

Dr. Mary Shotwell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Concentration Track Director

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid: This program is eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid. Available to those who qualify.

Tuition: $590 per credit hour

Optional Thesis: $1770

Thesis Committee Fee: $1050

University Resource Fee: $36 per semester

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