If you’re reading this and already in the field, no doubt you consider yourself to be at least one, if not all, of the following: a problem solver, creative, an innovator, tenacious, empathic and a change-maker. Most likely, you’ve had to forge your own path as assistive technology can be very complex, a bit niche and it may not have as clear-cut a pathway as other health care or technology professions.
Perhaps you have always known you wanted to end up here or maybe you stumbled upon it. Either way, we’re glad you’re here! We know that there is a current and ever-looming retirement boom in our field, as well as a growing need with our aging population, and you are among the bright minds who will help fill this gap and lead the charge for assistive technology into the future. Your education (whether formal, on-the-job or everything in-between) and experience has gotten you to where you are today and may provide an opportunity to think about what lies ahead.
What is your next step? What is your next bold move?
Maybe you’ve considered pursuing additional education in the form of a master's degree, but wonder if it’s right for you?
At the University of Pittsburgh, we have recently developed an online, flexible Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) program designed for practicing assistive technology personnel (among others!) and is meant to complement the work you are already doing. Our MRT program is focused on problem-based learning and application; it will help you build transferrable skills that will enhance your contributions to service, product development, education, product supply and advocacy. The program is super flexible—complete it in one, two or more years, at your own pace.
Not sure if online learning is right for you? Rest assured that through an in-person workshop and a required internship you’ll get to immediately apply what you’re learning and continue to strengthen your skills.
Did you know we also offer scholarships? Apply to learn more!
As you work towards earning the MRT, you will study, develop, implement and analyze self-designed projects that can help you provide solutions that better meet users’ needs, stay abreast of AT trends and ahead of the curve.
Perhaps you’re looking to change your role by pursuing a managerial, administrative, entrepreneurial or other leadership position? Develop skills that will allow you to move ahead with confidence and increase your marketability. The MRT coursework is designed to support your personalized goals. This degree is more than a credential, it is a pathway to building practical skills that will enable you to make the next bold move in your career.
If you are hoping to join a community of lifelong learners who are seeking to improve the way we care for our clients, the way we lead, the way we advocate and the way we train, I encourage you to learn more about pursuing the MRT degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). We are now accepting applications for the fall 2022 term that begins in August.
What’s your next step? Make it boldly!
Written by: Mary Goldberg, PhD
MRT Program Director