Rehabilitation Science

Rehabilitation Science Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Rehabilitation Science Concentration

About Rehabilitation Science

Move to the next level in personal training with a specialized online degree.

Earn your master's degree in exercise science and health promotion with the healthcare-focused concentration in rehabilitation science. This graduate degree concentration focuses on research and current issues in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and biomechanical assessment.

Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked. We are recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education from a historic state university.

Complete this program in 12 consecutive months full time or attend part time and finish in 17 months.

Learn evidence-based guidelines and effective strategies.

Master's degree students in rehabilitation science will be able to:

  • Increase their understanding of current topics in rehabilitation facing our nation and the wider world.
  • Examine research in rehabilitation to learn evidence-based guidelines and practical strategies to incorporate into daily practice.
  • Prepare for the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam for Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: REHABILITATION SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

Create a Custom Program: Personalize your exercise science master’s degree by choosing areas of focus that give you a competitive edge or enhance your career. Select the rehabilitation science concentration alone, or add one of these programs to create a 48-credit dual concentration:

Students seeking a professional credential instead of a master’s degree can choose the 12-credit, post-bachelor’s rehabilitation science certificate. In fact, Cal U offers certificates in all of the program areas listed above.

Current topics: Master's degree students in exercise science and health promotion learn current topics and research findings related to corrective exercise for rehabilitation and program design. 

NASM CES: Accredited certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) means you have the skills and knowledge to help clients at any fitness level address muscular imbalances and faulty movements.

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Job demand for fitness workers will be up 13% over the next decade as more organizations recognize the benefits of health and fitness for their employees.
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California University of Pennsylvania became the first academic partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2003.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's master's degree concentration in rehabilitation science is a healthcare-focused track designed for health and fitness professionals who work in various rehabilitation settings:

  • Athletic training rooms.
  • Physical therapy clinics.
  • Chiropractic offices.
  • Other treatment settings.
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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 11% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand is up as more hospitals stress exercise and preventive care in treatment and long-term rehabilitation from chronic diseases.

 
Rehabilitation Science Concentration - Online Master's Degree
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Dual Options

 

Cal U students in rehabilitation science increase their skills by adding one of these programs to create a dual concentration: group fitness leadership, nutrition, performance enhancement and injury prevention, sport psychology, wellness and fitness, or wellness coaching.

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Faculty Worldwide

The online master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion is taught by faculty from around the world. This means students across the United States and in more than 20 countries, plus those in the military, can learn from top experts anywhere.

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Sports Connection

Cal U graduates work in professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL) as athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists.

Rehabilitation Science Concentration - Online Master's Degree Courses

Students in the exercise science and health promotion master's degree program will complete the rehabilitation science concentration and be ready to earn nationally recognized certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
PRF 700 Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701 Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 712 Corrective Exercise in Rehabilitation 3
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 752 Corrective Exercise Program Design 3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765 Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770 Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 782 Current Topics in Rehabilitation 3
PRF 820 Research in Rehabilitation 3
Total 36
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree

(3+1 option) for B.S., Sport Management, Wellness and Fitness and Exercise Science and Health Promotions Concentrations

Information

 

With Cal U's 3+1 accelerated program, transfers into the wellness and fitness bachelor's degree program can transition directly into one of five concentrations in the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions program with the potential to graduate with both degrees in just 4 years, or less. 

Rehabilitation Science Concentration Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

batts@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

lombardo@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration