Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences prepare students for careers in physical therapy, prosthetics and orthotics. 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 orthotist 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 therapists help patients recover from injuries through exercises and treatment that reduce pain and improve mobility and functioning. Working with patients as they progress through their treatment is very rewarding - in fact, physical therapists have one of the highest job satisfaction rates of all professions! You can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and nursing homes.
Students may enter the program as freshmen and earn a combined Bachelor of Health 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.
Prosthetics and Orthotics
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.
- Prosthetists design, fabricate, and fit devices known as prostheses (artificial limbs) for individuals who have partial or total absence of a limb.
- Orthotists design and fit devices known as orthoses (orthopedic braces) to enhance function and provide care for patients with disabling conditions of the limbs and spine.
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.
Gabrielle Sinotte likes to prove people wrong. Born without a left hand, she was once told she couldn’t jump rope, drive a car, or play sports. Not only did she master all three, she decided to apply her abilities and confidence to a pursue a career in prosthetics and orthotics. She graduated from the University's combined BS/MSPO program, enabling her to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees in five years.
During her time at UHart, Gabby's experiences included being a Red Cap orientation student leader, playing ultimate Frisbee, serving on student government, working as a resident assistant, and performing with the pep band.
Looking back, I am so thankful that I chose the University of Hartford because of all the opportunities that have been presented to me during my time here.”