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.

PennWest California'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.


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, PennWest California 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.
PennWest California became the first academic partner of the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2003.
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Degree Benefits

PennWest California'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.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs



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

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.50 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.49 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Resume
      • Two professional letters of recommendation

An interview may be required by the Program Coordinator to determine potential success in the program.

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  • Submit official transcripts by mail or email to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
    • Phone: 724-938-4187

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348



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.


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

Dual Options


PennWest California 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.


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.


Sports Connection

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


Rehabilitation Science Concentration Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Marc S. Federico

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton

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Christina Lombardo

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy

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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