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Rehabilitation Science is the field of study which integrates the knowledge related to restoring the functional capacity of a person to perform the activities of everyday life and the interaction of that person with the surrounding environment that either disables or enables the individual to participate fully in society. This knowledge is then translated into interventions aimed at improving human performance and quality of life.

This program, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia, offers students a rigorous science-based educational foundation for rehabilitation-related careers upon graduation as well as a clear and distinctive pathway for admission to graduate programs that prepare rehabilitation clinicians and academic scientists.


For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: HH-BS-RHBS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements.

Mason Core and Required Courses

Written Communication6
Approved Mason Core Written Communication courses
Oral Communication3
Any Mason Core Oral Communication course
Quantitative Reasoning3
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Information Technology3-7
Any Mason Core Information Technology course
Any Mason Core Arts course
Global Understanding3
Any Mason Core Global Understanding course
Any Mason Core Literature course
Natural Science 1
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
CHEM 212General Chemistry II (Mason Core)3
CHEM 214General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)1
PHYS 243College Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 244College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)1
PHYS 245College Physics II (Mason Core)3
PHYS 246College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)1
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Any Mason Core Social and Behavioral Sciences course
Western Civilization/Western History3
Any Mason Core Western Civilization course
Total Credits46-50

Core Rehabilitation Science Requirements

RHBS 201Introduction to Rehabilitation Science3
RHBS 270Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
RHBS 271Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
RHBS 350Clinical Physiology and Human Performance3
RHBS 375Gait and Functional Movement Analysis3
RHBS 390Clinical Assessment of Functional Capacity3
RHBS 415Clinical Movement Science I3
RHBS 450Psychosocial Adaptation in Rehabilitation3
KINE 380Exercise Prescription and Programming for Special Populations3
RHBS 455Research in Rehabilitation Science (Mason Core)3
Total Credits32

Restricted In-Major Electives

Complete 9 credits from the following:9
Health, Disease and Dysfunction
Applied Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
Neural Basis of Movement
Physical Activity and Public Health
Clinical Movement Science II
Exercise Endocrinology
Adult Health and Function
Advanced Functional Clinical Assessments
Introduction to Clinical Research
RS: Clinical Research Internship
Directed Research
Or advisor-approved elective course
Total Credits9

General Electives

Complete 29-33 credits of General Electives29-33