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The New York Times video on the Human Engineering Research Laboratories' PneuChair and Morgan's Inspiration Island has reached more than 12 million views! Congrats to Associate Dean of Inclusion Rory Cooper and his team on their amazing work.

The Master of Science program in Rehabilitation Technology (RT) is focused on gaining a technological understanding of scientific principles and a balanced exposure to clinical rehabilitation. Students in the program conduct rehabilitation technology and engineering assessment, design assistive devices, participate in clinics and rounds, and work with consumer groups. The program is designed to prepare graduates to assume professional responsibilities in the field of assistive technology – as rehabilitation technology suppliers, service providers and consultants, for example -- and to assist students in preparing for the RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) credentials.

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Learn about our Rehabilitation Technology program course options and its clinical component. Comprsing 44 credits that can be done either full or part time, this Master of Science program covers basic science, engineering principles, assistive technology, pathology, policy and consumer advocacy.

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In order to apply to the Rehabilitation Technology program, admission requirements include a Bachelor's degree and a demonstrated knowledge of rehabilitation science and technology through volunteer or work experience, in addition to several prerequisite courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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View the plan of study options within the RT program - students may either choose the one-year academic track or the two-year research track. 

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Undergrad Internship Programs

Students who would like to engage in a variety of educational, clinical, and research training activities in rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology have the opportunity to gain practical experience through the Human Engineering Research Laboratories Undergraduate and Summer Intern Programs.


Veterans Program

Engineering and clinical opportunities are available in many research areas related to the development and evaluation of new technologies and procedures to improve the mobility and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology offers the ELeVATE, AIM, and REV-T programs to provide veterans and service members in transition with academic and vocational training opportunities.


Congratulations to HERL's MEBot (featured in video above) for receiving international recognition by winning the prestigious Blackwood Design Award for "Best New Concept."