Offered at: Mequon, Online

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 following either the Pre-OT or Pre-PT track; both tracks, when combined with graduate coursework, will result in a dual degree.

General Academic Information

Concordia University Wisconsin offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program which can be completed in a total of 4 ½ years for both degrees. The BSRS degree alone can be completed in 3 ½ years.

Students who graduate with the BSRS have an opportunity to explore a wide range of employment opportunities if they choose not to pursue a graduate 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
  • Hospitals

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 (MOT) program - Accelerated format. A student accepted into the MOT - Accelerated format will begin taking graduate courses toward a degree in Occupational Therapy the summer after their sophomore year and can complete the BSRS degree in 3 years, and the MOT degree with 1½ additional years. Please refer to the CUW Graduate Catalog for detailed information about the MOT program.

Guaranteed MOT Admission Policy for Concordia BSRS Undergraduate Students

First time freshman in the BSRS program must have a high school GPA of 3.2 and an ACT score of 21. Those who apply and submit the tuition deposit prior to December 1st during their senior year in high school will be reviewed and ranked according to GPA and ACT scores. The top 30 applicants will be guaranteed admission to the MOT program - Accelerated format after their second year at CUW as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive at least a “B” grade in BIO 191, BIO 192, BIO 301, and Medical Terminology.

Students transferring into Concordia’s BSRS program will not be guaranteed placement into the MOT program - Accelerated format. Transfer students must complete at least 36 credits at Concordia to be given priority in the MOT - Accelerated admission process and must include the following courses:

  • BIO 191 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 192 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 301 Advanced Functional Anatomy and Physiology

Priority admission to the MOT - Accelerated program will be granted in the following order:

  1. The first 30 deposited students who began at CUW in BSRS (with a high school GPA of 3.0 or above) are guaranteed if they meet the prerequisites
  2. CUW students in the BSRS program (without the guarantee given to the first 30) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, B’s in BIO 191 Human Anat & Phys IBIO 192 Human Anat & Phys II and BIO 301 Advan Func Anatomy & Physiolog
  3. CUW students not in the BSRS program and transfer students who earn 36 credits at CUW with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, B’s in BIO 191 Human Anat & Phys IBIO 192 Human Anat & Phys II and BIO 301 Advan Func Anatomy & Physiolog
  4. Students from outside CUW

If multiple students fall within the same priority level, the MOT Selection Committee will make acceptance decisions.

Please refer to the graduate catalog for detailed information about the Master of Occupational Therapy - Accelerated Format.

BSRS for the MOT - Transitional Track

Current Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) who hold an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and have at least one year of experience as a COTA are eligible to apply to the Master of Occupational Therapy program - Transitional track, which awards a BSRS and MOT in approximately 4 years. Students complete two semesters of coursework for the BSRS degree, five semesters of coursework for the BSRS and MOT degrees. After successful completion of these seven semesters, the BSRS degree is awarded. Students complete the MOT degree with an additional three semesters of didactic coursework and two Level II Fieldwork placements, both lasting 12 weeks. 

Applicants must meet all admissions requirements as shown in the graduate admissions catalog, this includes meeting the University Transfer Core requirements.

Further information about the MOT - Transitional Track can be found in the graduate catalog.