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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences prepare students for careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, prosthetics and orthotics, and exercise science. In these professions, you’ll help people recover from injuries, or design devices that improve patients’ mobility and quality of life -- the basis for a very satisfying and rewarding career.

These careers are in high demand, with jobs for physical therapists expected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026.  Employment for prosthetists and orthotists is forecast to grow 22 percent in the same time period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences is to graduate competent, ethical, and autonomous professionals who value clinical practice, relevant research, and lifelong learning.  

Physical Therapy

Students studying skeleton

Students may enter the Physical Therapy program as freshmen and earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy in six or seven years, or enter as a post-baccalaureate student for a three-year, full-time program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Our new BS in Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of exciting careers in sports medicine, personal training, and strength and conditioning coaching. You'll also be prepared for graduate study in areas such as physical therapy, athletic training, clinical exercise physiology, kinesiology and public health.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

Student with prosthetic leg

Our Prosthetics and Orthotics program is one of only a dozen graduate programs and a handful of undergraduate programs in the U.S.  Prosthetics and orthotics is an exciting combination of material science, engineering and health care.

Our combined BS in Health Sciences/MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics is a 5-year program. Students may enter the program as freshmen, complete an undergraduate BS in Health Sciences, and elevate into the professional Master of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics (MSPO) program.

At the graduate level, students may enter as post-baccalaureate students in the MSPO program.  The University of Hartford also offers a distance learning program for currently certified prosthetists and orthotists, the Transitional MSPO.

Occupational Therapy

therapist with elderly client

Our new Occupational Therapy program will offer a combined BS in Health Sciences/MS in Occupational Therapy (BS/MSOT) starting in Fall 2021. This five-year program allows students to start their careers sooner. We also plan to begin a post-baccalaureate MS in Occupational Therapy in Summer 2022, pending accreditation review.

Department Faculty and Staff

Angela Brown
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Catherine Certo
Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Faculty Development; Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences; Interim Chair, Department of Health Sciences
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Duffy Felmlee
Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
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Michelle Forfa
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Director of Clinical Education
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Mary Gannotti
Professor of Physical Therapy
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Natalie Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Abby Hoffman-Finitsis
Assistant Professor of Prosthetics and Orthotics
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Jillian Kossbiel
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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John Leard
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Jennifer Lodovico-Gorack
Program Manager
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Margie Mathews
Program Specialist, Physical Therapy
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Lindi Mitsou
Assistant Professor of Prosthetics & Orthotics
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Erika Ozdemirer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Matthew Parente
Assistant Professor of Prosthetics and Orthotics; Program Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics
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Kelly Pogemiller
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Director of Clinical Education
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Kristamarie Pratt
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Tricia Prokop
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Sarah Psillas
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Program Director of Occupational Therapy
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Dawn Roller
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Director of Clinical Education
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Sandra Saavedra
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
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Brian T. Swanson
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Donna Snowdon
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Holly Stevenson
Office Coordinator
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Xin Ye
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
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Department Contacts:

Catherine Certo, Chair
860.768.5367
certo@hartford.edu

Holly Stevenson, Office Coordinator
860.768.5419
hstevenso@hartford.edu

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