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Rehabilitation Science Minor

Rehabilitation Medicine Administration
Medical School
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MMC 388, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455 (612-625-3966; fax: 612-625-4274)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The graduate program in rehabilitation science is a post-professional program designed to train rehabilitation scientists and academicians. The program includes occupational and physical therapists and students with other backgrounds interested in rehabilitation research. The program's philosophy provides students with 1) a strong foundation in research methodology, 2) a concentrated educational experience specifically tailored toward a student's specific research question in rehabilitation science, and 3) a working knowledge of the importance of a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to the scientific process.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Minimum US equivalent bachelor's degree.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or graduate degree in a discipline related to rehabilitation such as biomedical engineering, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech/audiology. International students must hold a comparable foreign degree from an accredited program. Depending on the educational background of the applicant, admission may be contingent upon completion of selected prerequisite coursework.
Special Application Requirements:
The student must inform the director of graduate studies (DGS) in writing of his or her intent to pursue the minor. A rehabilitation science faculty admissions committee determines student admission for the minor. To be admitted, a student must be an active graduate student pursuing an equivalent graduate degree in another field. The student must be in good academic standing within his or her major program. The student must have a mutually agreed-upon graduate faculty member in rehabilitation science serve as a reviewer on the student's dissertation committee and serve as the minor field examiner on the final exam committee.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
Ph.D. Minor
Take at least 12 credits, selected in consultation with the Rehabilitation Sciences director of graduate studies. RSC courses must be taken on the A-F grading basis.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RSC 5106 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Science (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5206 - Academic Ethos (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5135 - Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics (3.0 cr)
· RSC 5294 - Independent Study in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 5306 - Scientific and Professional Presentation (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5814 - Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation (2.0 cr)
· RSC 5841 - Applied Data Acquisition and Processing (4.0 cr)
· RSC 8106 - Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature (1.0-2.0 cr)
· RSC 8206 - Grant Writing (2.0 cr)
· RSC 8306 - Peer Review and Publication (2.0 cr)
· RSC 8130 - Current Literature Seminar (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8135 - Advanced Kinesiology (3.0 cr)
· RSC 8170 - Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8185 - Problems in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8192 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science (4.0 cr)
· RSC 8282 - Problems in Human Movement (4.0 cr)
Masters
Master's Minor
Take at least 6 credits, selected in consultation with the Rehabilitation Sciences director of graduate studies. RSC courses must be taken on the A-F grading basis.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RSC 5106 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Science (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5206 - Academic Ethos (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5135 - Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics (3.0 cr)
· RSC 5294 - Independent Study in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 5306 - Scientific and Professional Presentation (1.0 cr)
· RSC 5814 - Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation (2.0 cr)
· RSC 5841 - Applied Data Acquisition and Processing (4.0 cr)
· RSC 8106 - Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature (1.0-2.0 cr)
· RSC 8206 - Grant Writing (2.0 cr)
· RSC 8306 - Peer Review and Publication (2.0 cr)
· RSC 8130 - Current Literature Seminar (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8135 - Advanced Kinesiology (3.0 cr)
· RSC 8170 - Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8185 - Problems in Rehabilitation Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
· RSC 8192 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science (4.0 cr)
· RSC 8282 - Problems in Human Movement (4.0 cr)
 
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RSC 5106 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This is one of a series of seminar courses that prepares students to think critically in reading and discussing the literature in rehabilitation science and to speak and write persuasively on scientific topics. This semester, the seminar will focus on the past, present, and future of rehabilitation science. This course will include lecture presentations from rehabilitation science faculty for the first 50 minutes of the weekly class time, as well as discussion/interaction sessions planned jointly by assigned students and faculty for the second 50 minute session each week.
RSC 5206 - Academic Ethos
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explicit/implicit culture unique to academia. Early understanding within/beyond rehabilitation science. Role of higher education in society, academic freedom, tenure, corporatization of education, accreditation, globalization of education, regulatory monitoring of research, faculty scholarship/governance.
RSC 5135 - Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02431
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
How to describe/measure movement. Basic/applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Lecture, lab, seminar discussion. Meets with RSC 8135. prereq: instr consent
RSC 5294 - Independent Study in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent exploration into topics related to rehabilitation science. prereq: Rehabilitation science student or program approval
RSC 5306 - Scientific and Professional Presentation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will focus on the process and practice of oral presentation of scientific inquiry and discoveries. These skills are essential for scientists in all disciplines, yet often guidelines for optimal scientific presentation are not taught or practiced in an educational setting. Specific areas to be covered in this course include presentation intent, audience analysis, timing, content, keys to effective communication, vocal behavior, and important things to avoid. Context will include conference-style platform or podium presentations, poster presentations, and seminar presentation. The course will involve opportunities to prepare and practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment. It is appropriate for students from all disciplines and levels of PhD study.
RSC 5814 - Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Rehabilitation science student or program permission
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of normal physiological responses to exercise in the elderly. Comparison of exercise-induced responses of physiological systems throughout aging process. Focuses on importance of exercise from rehabilitation perspective. Offered Fall semesters of even-numbered years. prereq: Rehabilitation science student or program permission
RSC 5841 - Applied Data Acquisition and Processing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course will introduce students to collecting and processing biomedical time series data. Students will gain experience using data acquisition hardware common in many laboratories, as well as related software for acquisition of the data and digital signal processing. Data sources will include electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), wearable sensors, and data from other systems based on the background and interests of students in the class. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary, fundamental skills to run a successful experiment, troubleshoot errors, and produce high quality data sets. prereq: prefer students to have completed general physics, introductory of short calculus
RSC 8106 - Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will focus on the process of critical review, appraisal, and synthesis of scientific literature. Overview of organizing and writing literature reviews for a traditional dissertation, systematic reviews, and peer review for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive review of the literature and writing in your anticipated area of dissertation work.
RSC 8206 - Grant Writing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Process of applying for individual National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-doctoral research training fellowship. Overview of NIH Program Announcement PA-11-111/NIH SF424 individual fellowship application guide required for application will be included. Substantive writing of components of NIH fellowship.
RSC 8306 - Peer Review and Publication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will focus on the process of publication in the scientific literature, with emphasis on publication of original research. Overview of organizing and writing for publication, and the peer review process for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive writing practice in your anticipated area of scientific inquiry.
RSC 8130 - Current Literature Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical review of literature to evaluate efficacy of selected physical therapy interventions. prereq: Grad student in PT or rehabilitation science major or instr consent
RSC 8135 - Advanced Kinesiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02431 - RSc 5135/RSc 8135
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
How to describe/measure movement. Basic/applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Lecture, lab, seminar discussion. Meets in conjunction with RSC 5135. prereq: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], instr consent
RSC 8170 - Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics vary by semester. Papers required.
RSC 8185 - Problems in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Research practicum on selected topic. Use of systematic literature search. Critical analysis of scientific literature. Specific measurement systems. Data collection/reduction methods of on-going or new research projects. Preparing/defending research reports.
RSC 8192 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The goals of this course are to develop abilities to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature. It will also enable students to identify and apply appropriate statistical procedures, and interpret the meaning of statistical analyses. Finally, it will give students an opportunity to present the aims, methods, intended analyses, and preliminary results of their own research. Additionally, students will meet individually for 2 hours every month with the lecturer to work on the method section of a paper related to their PhD project. This paper will be critically reviewed and graded as end-evaluation for this class. prereq: instr consent
RSC 8282 - Problems in Human Movement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles of neurophysiology, neurology, motor control, and motor learning as a basis for therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. prereq: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], instr consent
RSC 5106 - Introduction to Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This is one of a series of seminar courses that prepares students to think critically in reading and discussing the literature in rehabilitation science and to speak and write persuasively on scientific topics. This semester, the seminar will focus on the past, present, and future of rehabilitation science. This course will include lecture presentations from rehabilitation science faculty for the first 50 minutes of the weekly class time, as well as discussion/interaction sessions planned jointly by assigned students and faculty for the second 50 minute session each week.
RSC 5206 - Academic Ethos
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Explicit/implicit culture unique to academia. Early understanding within/beyond rehabilitation science. Role of higher education in society, academic freedom, tenure, corporatization of education, accreditation, globalization of education, regulatory monitoring of research, faculty scholarship/governance.
RSC 5135 - Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02431
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
How to describe/measure movement. Basic/applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Lecture, lab, seminar discussion. Meets with RSC 8135. prereq: instr consent
RSC 5294 - Independent Study in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent exploration into topics related to rehabilitation science. prereq: Rehabilitation science student or program approval
RSC 5306 - Scientific and Professional Presentation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will focus on the process and practice of oral presentation of scientific inquiry and discoveries. These skills are essential for scientists in all disciplines, yet often guidelines for optimal scientific presentation are not taught or practiced in an educational setting. Specific areas to be covered in this course include presentation intent, audience analysis, timing, content, keys to effective communication, vocal behavior, and important things to avoid. Context will include conference-style platform or podium presentations, poster presentations, and seminar presentation. The course will involve opportunities to prepare and practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment. It is appropriate for students from all disciplines and levels of PhD study.
RSC 5814 - Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Rehabilitation science student or program permission
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of normal physiological responses to exercise in the elderly. Comparison of exercise-induced responses of physiological systems throughout aging process. Focuses on importance of exercise from rehabilitation perspective. Offered Fall semesters of even-numbered years. prereq: Rehabilitation science student or program permission
RSC 5841 - Applied Data Acquisition and Processing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course will introduce students to collecting and processing biomedical time series data. Students will gain experience using data acquisition hardware common in many laboratories, as well as related software for acquisition of the data and digital signal processing. Data sources will include electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), wearable sensors, and data from other systems based on the background and interests of students in the class. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary, fundamental skills to run a successful experiment, troubleshoot errors, and produce high quality data sets. prereq: prefer students to have completed general physics, introductory of short calculus
RSC 8106 - Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will focus on the process of critical review, appraisal, and synthesis of scientific literature. Overview of organizing and writing literature reviews for a traditional dissertation, systematic reviews, and peer review for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive review of the literature and writing in your anticipated area of dissertation work.
RSC 8206 - Grant Writing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Process of applying for individual National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-doctoral research training fellowship. Overview of NIH Program Announcement PA-11-111/NIH SF424 individual fellowship application guide required for application will be included. Substantive writing of components of NIH fellowship.
RSC 8306 - Peer Review and Publication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course will focus on the process of publication in the scientific literature, with emphasis on publication of original research. Overview of organizing and writing for publication, and the peer review process for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive writing practice in your anticipated area of scientific inquiry.
RSC 8130 - Current Literature Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Critical review of literature to evaluate efficacy of selected physical therapy interventions. prereq: Grad student in PT or rehabilitation science major or instr consent
RSC 8135 - Advanced Kinesiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02431 - RSc 5135/RSc 8135
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
How to describe/measure movement. Basic/applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Lecture, lab, seminar discussion. Meets in conjunction with RSC 5135. prereq: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], instr consent
RSC 8170 - Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics vary by semester. Papers required.
RSC 8185 - Problems in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Research practicum on selected topic. Use of systematic literature search. Critical analysis of scientific literature. Specific measurement systems. Data collection/reduction methods of on-going or new research projects. Preparing/defending research reports.
RSC 8192 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The goals of this course are to develop abilities to critically evaluate peer-reviewed literature. It will also enable students to identify and apply appropriate statistical procedures, and interpret the meaning of statistical analyses. Finally, it will give students an opportunity to present the aims, methods, intended analyses, and preliminary results of their own research. Additionally, students will meet individually for 2 hours every month with the lecturer to work on the method section of a paper related to their PhD project. This paper will be critically reviewed and graded as end-evaluation for this class. prereq: instr consent
RSC 8282 - Problems in Human Movement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamental principles of neurophysiology, neurology, motor control, and motor learning as a basis for therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. prereq: [Rehabilitation science student or program permission], instr consent