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Rehabilitative Health Sciences Program

Department of Rehabilitative Sciences

Rehabilitative Health Sciences

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

The Rehabilitative Health Sciences Major, B.S. (RHSC-BS) 

The Rehabilitative Health Sciences Major, B.S. (RHSC-BS) prepares students for graduate studies in medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, speech-language pathology, audiology, nutrition and dietetics, and other allied health fields of study. This degree also prepares students to enter entry-level rehabilitative or health care positions or provides an avenue to a bachelor’s degree for students who have completed an A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science) degree as a rehabilitation assistant in physical therapy (PTA), occupational therapy (OTA), or speech-language pathology (SLPA) and desire to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is framed within the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health, which emphasizes patient-centered interprofessional care and fosters the application of the core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice. The interprofessional focus of the RHSC-BS program emphasizes opportunities for students to interact with students from all of the health science colleges at ETSU. The program includes 49 credit hours in the major and incorporates required clinical observation hours throughout the curriclum.


At the conclusion of this degree program, the student is expected to do the following:

1.       Define key elements of the U.S. rehabilitative health care system.

2.       Describe major chronic illnesses and disabilities.

3.       Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different roles, responsibilities, and expertise of rehabilitative health professionals.

4.       Demonstrate knowledge of patient-centered care within the framework of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Health, Disability, and Functioning.

5.       Apply knowledge and application of core bioethical principles to contemporary rehabilitative health issues.

6.       Develop and apply critical analysis skills to contemporary rehabilitative health issues.

7.       Apply basic communication skills for rehabilitative health professionals.

8.       Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes for collaboration with other health professions within an interprofessional practice setting.

The RHSC-BS program is not a competitive entry program, so anyone who would like to pursue the major may do so. 


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