Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science


Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science
Strengthen your career.

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. Our program will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues in rehabilitation, exercise and movement disorders through active learning and projects. You will develop problem-solving skills necessary to assume leadership roles in research, clinical practice and educational settings in health-related disciplines.

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science program will begin in Fall 2016.

In Lasell's Rehabilitation Science program, you will:

  • Advance your knowledge of diseases and disabilities associated with the rehabilitation sciences
  • Acquire skills to improve functional limitations, impairments and disabilities
  • Complete a research capstone on a topic of interest related to the rehabilitation sciences field
  • Build your professional network with fellow classmates and professors while benefiting from their real-world experiences

Why choose Lasell for an advanced degree in Rehabilitation Science?  

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 10-day 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. 


MS in Rehabilitation Science Core Courses
PSYC714 Psychology of Sport, Injury and Rehabilitation 3
RSCI701 Advanced Kinesiology and Biomechanics 3
RSCI702 Pathokinesiology 3
RSCI703 Musculoskeletal Screening and Functional Assessment 3
RSCI704 Concepts and Application of Manual Therapy 4
RSCI705 Evidence Based Rehabilitation 2
RSCI706 Rehabilitation Program Design for Human Performance 3
RSCI716 Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions 3
RSCI780 Quantitative & Qualitative Research 3
RSCI781 Rehabilitation Science Capstone 3
Elective Courses
RSCI708 Applied Nutrition for Health Promotion 3
RSCI712 Rehabilitation Science Field Experience 3
RSCI713 Pharmacology 3
RSCI715 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
RSCI717 Healthcare Leadership and Decision Making 3

Core Credits Required: 30

Elective Credits Required: 6

Total credit hours required for degree: 36

Pre-requisites required for program admission:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits)
  • Kinesiology (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Elective coursework pre-requisite:

  • Exercise Physiology is required prior to enrolling in RSCI 708 Applied Nutrition for Health Promotion

Pre-requisites can be waived, by the department chair, on a case by case basis depending upon work experience

Lasell College offers online and/or face to face options for all required pre-requisites

Course Schedule

<strong>Course Schedule</strong>

Fall Session I, 9/6-10/25
Fall Session II, 10/26-12/14
RSCI 703 Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
RSCI 716 Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions Online Fall II 10/26-12/14

Course Descriptions

RSCI 701 Advanced Kinesiology and Biomechanics (3 cr)
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.

RCIS 702 Pathokinesiology (3 cr)
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.

RSCI 703 Musculoskeletal Screening and Functional Orthopedic Assessment  (3 cr)
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 improve the clinician's ability to evaluate the patient's complaint as related to movement and identify those patients who require additional orthopedic evaluation & referral while assessing 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.

RSCI 704 Contemporary Concepts and Application of Manual Therapy (4 cr)
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. (Residency)

RSCI 705 Evidence Based Rehabilitation (2 cr)
The purpose of this course is to increase student understanding of various rehabilitation issues facing America and the world today. This course focuses students toward the ever-changing contemporary issues that impact direct and indirect client care.

RSCI 706 Rehabilitation Program Design for Human Performance (3 cr)
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.

RSCI 708 Applied Nutrition for Health Promotion (3 cr)
This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues nutrition such as nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of lifestyle factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for activity with emphasis on particular physical and athletic activities, common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance, and appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people. (Pre-requisite: Exercise Physiology)

RSCI 712 Rehabilitation Science Field Experience (3 cr)
This course is designed for students interested in completing a field experience in the rehabilitation sciences. Students are expected to complete minimum of 150 hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved rehabilitation setting. If students chose to complete a field experience in the New England area the department will facilitate the placement at an approved clinical affiliated site and housing will be the responsibility of each student. If a student choses to complete a field experience at a facility outside of the New England area, the department chair must approve the clinical site, prior to enrolling in the course to determine if the site and field experience supervisor meet the standards of a clinical education field experience.

RSCI 713 Pharmacology (3 cr)
Course serves as a foundation to general pharmacology, focusing on categories of medications and their interaction with body systems.  At the completion of this course, student will be able to integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and patient assessment findings to formulate an impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

RSCI 715 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr)
An in-depth evaluation of disease and injury processes across the lifespan and their relevance to therapeutic rehabilitation are presented. Attention is given to all major physiological systems and their significance in the rehabilitation sciences.

RSCI 716 Ethical Issues in Healthcare Professions (3 cr)
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. Additionally, the following ethical issues will be explored:  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.

RSCI 717 Healthcare Leadership and Decision Making (3 cr)
This course is intended to prepare students for the leadership decisions and actions that are inherent in performance enhancement management and fitness practice. Professional and personal growth will be discussed. Principles and applications of leadership will be explored, including persuasiveness, leading and directing teams, leading within organizations, and leadership opportunities in shaping fitness policy. Techniques for managing change and empowering others are included in this course. Topics related to effective leadership are issues of power, motivation, delegation, team building, persuasion and negotiation, and total quality improvement. Topics related to business management include management theory, financial management, personnel management, record keeping, risk management and technology issues.

RSCI 780 Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Rehabilitation Science (3 cr)
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 rehabilitation sciences. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice. Current literature will be appraised and areas of future research will be outlined and explored. Potential projects will be developed and systematically critiqued. (Pre-requisite: Statistics)

RSCI 781 Rehabilitation Science Capstone (3 cr)
Through the completion of a research based project, on a topic within the rehabilitation sciences, 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 the profession and/or serve as a change agent in the field of rehabilitation science as a scholar.

PSYC 714 Psychology of Sport, Injury and Rehabilitation (3 cr)
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.