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Students in the MS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences can choose from either a Musculoskeletal PT concentration or a Neuromuscular PT concentration. Upon completion of either one, students will be awarded a Master of Science (MS) degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

The MS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences requires the minimum completion of 33 credits. A comprehensive examination sequence is required following completion of the core coursework in each of the separate concentrations. Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in order to be considered a candidate for graduation.

The following are the plans of study for the two concentration areas:

Musculoskeletal Concentration

Fall

Spring

Summer

Neuromuscular Concentration

Fall

Spring

Summer


*Note that each course in the plan of study is offered only once during the academic year, therefore, any departure from completing a course in its planned sequence, (e.g. failure to receive a passing grade of 'C' or better; leave of absence from program) will result in a one year delay in completing the course, the remaining program requirements, and the year of graduation.

Examination and Testing Requirements

Throughout the plan of study, a series of written and/or oral-practical examinations are integrated within the formal course work. These examinations are used to determine mastery of the core elements of the plan of study.

The written examination will be at the levels of "application and analysis" and "synthesis and analysis" so as to gauge the student's ability to utilize information in their clinical decision making. 

The practical examinations will focus on the clinical application of therapeutic assessment and treatment techniques. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate patient handling, awareness of safety issues, application of technique, and decision-making rationale at the level of an advanced clinician.

Additional Opportunities

The University of Pittsburgh has rich resources for education in both the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular areas. Information about seminars and lectures of interest will be posted in order for students to learn more about specific areas of interest. There are ongoing lecture series and journal clubs available in multiple content areas.