Concordia University Wisconsin offers a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) degree which can be completed in 3 ½ years. Students in this program may choose to follow one of the tracks for a combined degree in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy.
General Academic Information
The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) degree is intended to offer students an opportunity to receive a broad based education in rehabilitation science while meeting the pre-requisites for the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree.
Students who graduate with a BS in Rehabilitation Science have an opportunity to explore a wide range of employment opportunities if they choose not to pursue the MOT degree. Students with a BSRS degree can use this degree to work in a variety of areas including:
- Community public health
- Community mental health
- Wellness programs
- Managed care organizations
- Child-care facilities
- Adult day-care facilities
- Pharmaceutical sales
- Medical sales
- Assistive living/independent living centers
- Specialty Alzheimer’s disease care centers
- Fitness programs
- Nursing homes
Students in the BSRS program are required to take winterim and summer courses and can complete their undergraduate degree in 3 ½ years.
BSRS students who choose to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy can apply to the Master of Occupational Therapy program. Accepted students begin in graduate level courses during their junior year and can complete the BSRS degree in 3 years, and the MOT degree with 1½ additional years. Please refer to graduate catalog for detailed information about the MOT program.
RSC 106. Medical Terminology. (1 Credit)
introduces a word-building system for medical terms through the use of a programmed text and facilitates appropriate pronunciation and use of the words derived from Greek and Latin components. 1 credit.
Offered at: CUW
RSC 201. Med Ethics in Rehabilitation. (3 Credits)
is offered to provide students with the tools necessary to recognize and engage successfully the ethical challenges that arise in rehabilitation practice. Since today’s medicine functions in a secular atmosphere, the student must be able to understand and converse with other health care professions concerning standard medical ethics concepts such as: autonomy, informed consent, patient confidentiality, life and death decision making, and professional responsibility. This course will also provide a brief overview of the most common ethical systems encountered in our pluralistic society in dialogue with Christian presuppositions and a Lutheran understanding of Law and Gospel. 3 credits.
Offered at: OL
RSC 205. Evd Bsd Prct Rsrch Sts Hlth Pr. (3 Credits)
is designed to help rehabilitation professionals acquire skills related to consuming rehabilitation research. Fundamental scientific inquiry skills related to searching electronic data bases, reading, understanding, and appraising the rehabilitation research literature for the purpose of evidence-based practice is emphasized. Students are exposed to basic concepts of research methodology and a review of conceptually-based statistics that further enhances skills with consuming the scientific literature. Students will practice reading and critiquing professional literature. 3 credits.
RSC 304. Teaching and Learning in Rehab. (3 Credits)
introduces students to various learning theories and teaching strategies as it relates to rehabilitation. This exploration will pay particular attention to the needs of an adult learner. Activities will help students appreciate how teaching is a part of working in a rehabilitation setting. Concepts of motivation in learning will be explored along with the impact of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial deficits in learning. 3 credits.
Offered at: OL
RSC 305. Basic Neuroscience Health Pro. (3 Credits)
is designed to help rehabilitation professionals acquire knowledge related to basic neuroscience important to their practice. Basic Neuroscience for health professionals covers basic principles of human nervous system structure and function. The cellular anatomy and physiology of neurons and synapses are described. The course covers somatosensory, motor, limbic, cognitive and special sensory systems. 3 credits.
Offered at: OS
RSC 310. Cult in Rehabilitation. (3 Credits)
introduces students to the issues of cultural diversity in today’s health care arena. The importance of recognizing cultural differences, the role of culture in health care, negotiating cultural differences in working with clients, planning for evaluations, and designing therapeutic interventions will be explored. In addition, language as a cultural barrier, the impact of professional jargon cross-culturally, and standardized instruments and language issues will be investigated. 3 credits.
Offered at: CUW, OL
RSC 316. Physical Therapy Treatment. (3 Credits)
Offered at: OS