Rehabilitation Science & Fitness

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Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Fitness!

The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Fitness at Middle Georgia State University is dedicated to the scholastic development of our students as we seek to promote respect for multiculturalism, ethical behavior, passion for advocacy, and professionalism of future rehabilitation practitioners. We prepare our graduates to effectively serve the needs of the community, individuals with disabilities, and other human service populations as leaders in the field of rehabilitation science.

Department of Rehabilitation Science and Fitness Information Webinars

Located on the Cochran Campus, the Department of Rehabilitation Science offers three degrees:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Rehabilitation Science offers required courses in the foundational sciences including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics as well as the basic concepts of disability studies, restorative and supportive therapies, statistics and research methods, psychology, health ethics, medical terminology, rehabilitation case management, assistive technology, social construction and cultural production of disability. Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories that are central to the discipline and explore a wide variety of approaches to functional assessment and evidence-based intervention. The program prepares students to pursue careers in rehabilitative health services such as cardiovascular rehabilitation, care coordination, assistive technology coordination and education, and independent living. Graduates will also find themselves well prepared to seek admission to competitive graduate programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, athletic training, or other healthcare professions.

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2. Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant is fully accredited with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and prepares students to provide occupational therapy services for people of all ages who want to gain or regain their independence with everyday activities. We accept applications for fall entry and work closely with students in each cohort as they progress through the program. Once accepted into the OTA Program, students will complete 3 semesters of academic preparation and 1 semester of fieldwork (clinical internship). Pre-requisites include: acceptance to MGA (current for semester of application), complete OTA application by May 15 th, 2.75 GPA, grade of “C” or better in Anatomy and Physiology I, successful completion of learning support courses, two references.

Apply to the OTA Program

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3. Occupational Therapy Bridge Program

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Middle Georgia State (MGA) University is designed to allow Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants to further their education by building upon their existing knowledge and experience. In the course of completing the MSOT degree, students will develop skills in occupational therapy theory, evaluation, evidence-based intervention, and program development with both individuals, groups, and populations, as well as the opportunity to develop and/or enhance skills in management and leadership. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission, however applicants must be currently licensed OTA practitioners and meet all other pre-requisite requirements (please see Admission Criteria).

Apply to the OT Bridge Program

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We are excited that you are considering a career in a rehabilitation field! Please explore the links for each program, Fast Facts, advising information, and program curriculum. You may also contact our department at 478.934.7480. We look forward to hearing from you!

Betsy McDaniel, COTA/L, MSHHP
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Fitness

Admissions can help you with the application process.


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The OTA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Middle Georgia State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

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