Rehabilitative Sciences (B.S.)

Rehabilitative Sciences Course Descriptions

Admission to the Major:


Applicants will apply to the major concentration. Applications to the major are due by September 15th. Applicants work with an assigned advisor and are required to submit a completed application form. External applicants or students not working with an advisor should send application materials to the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, ATTN: Rehabilitative Sciences, 4301 Broadway, CPO 300, San Antonio, TX 78209. As part of the application process, the student must submit the following to be considered for entry into the major:

  • A completed application form (found online)
  • Current Health Care Provider CPR 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended filed with the registrar
  • Completion of a favorable criminal background screening
  • Health and Immunization Packet (Health History, Physical, and Immunizations)
  • Acknowledgement of program Essential Functions
  • A candidate may be required to attend an interview with the selection committee and complete a general knowledge exam.
  • HIPAA/Confidentiality Agreement

To be considered for admission the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the application with all components
  • Minimum college-level credit and GPA:
    Pre-Athletic Training:  30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
    Pre-Medicine:  30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
    Pre-Physical Therapy:  30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
    Pre-Physician Assistant:  30 hours of college-level credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Promotion/Retention/Graduation Requirements:

Once accepted into the Rehabilitative Sciences major, students will be evaluated each semester to ensure they are meeting the expectations set by the program.  These expectations include:

  1. The student must be in good standing with the university

  2. The student must maintain health and immunization requirements.

  3. The student must maintain a minimum of 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-Physician Assistant tracks.  The student must maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the Pre-Athletic Training track.

  4. The student must pass all major and support coursework with a "C" or better.  All students must achieve a final test average of 75% or better in REHS coursework. Failure to do so will result in failure of the course.  Students that fail to meet the above may be placed on either an academic or administrative probationary contract with the program director with a list of dates and expectations or suspended from the program.  Failure to fulfill the probationary contract may result in the student's dismissal from the program.  Students may not fail and/or withdraw from more than 2 REHS courses or they will be removed from the major.  An appeal may be granted, and appeal information can be found in the REHS policy and procedure manual (available in the program director's office).  A maximum of two appeals are allowed.

Major Requirements

43 hours University Core Curriculum

Refer to the Core Curriculum course options listed in the Institutional Policies section of this catalog.  Courses required for the degree may also satisfy required courses/disciplines in the Core Curriculum.

2. Select one of the following concentrations: (A, B, C, or D):

A. Pre-Athletic Training Concentration

Rehabilitative Sciences Core Courses (38 Hours):
REHS 2310Introduction to Rehabilitative Science

REHS 2350Medical Terminology and Documentation in Patient Care

REHS 2151Patient Assessment Practicum

REHS 2360Healthcare Communication

REHS 3320Cultural Issues in Healthcare

REHS 3410Introduction to Pathology and Pharmacology for the Healthcare Provider

REHS 3330Applied Biomechanics and Interventions

REHS 3350Professional Development

REHS 3360Integrated Patient Management I

REHS 4310Integrated Patient Management II

REHS 4320Exercise Physiology

REHS 4350Collaborative Care in Health and Disability

REHS 4360Evidence-Based Case Management

Pre-Athletic Training Concentration Courses (39 Hours):
BIOL 1402General Biology I for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 2322Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 2122Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

CHEM 1301Chemical Principles I

NUTR 2341Introduction to Nutrition

NUTR 4356Nutrition and Human Performance

PHYS 1301/PHYS 1101General Physics I and Lab

PSYC 3331Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3381/CRJU 3381/SOCI 3381Statistics in Psychology

PSYC 3384/CRJU 3384/SOCI 3384Research Methods I

PUBH 2310Essentials of Public Health

PUBH 4320Essentials of Epidemiology

Psychology Elective Course (3 Hours):

Plus a three hour elective psychology course. 

B. Pre-Medicine Concentration

Rehabilitative Sciences Core Courses (32 Hours):
REHS 2310Introduction to Rehabilitative Science

REHS 2350Medical Terminology and Documentation in Patient Care

REHS 2151Patient Assessment Practicum

REHS 3320Cultural Issues in Healthcare

REHS 3410Introduction to Pathology and Pharmacology for the Healthcare Provider

REHS 3350Professional Development

REHS 3360Integrated Patient Management I

REHS 4310Integrated Patient Management II

REHS 4320Exercise Physiology

REHS 4350Collaborative Care in Health and Disability

REHS 4360Evidence-Based Case Management

Pre-Medicine-Concentration Courses (45 Hours):
BIOL 1402General Biology I for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 1403General Biology II for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 2322Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 4351Biochemistry I

CHEM 1301Chemical Principles I

CHEM 1302Chemical Principles II

CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II

PHYS 1301/PHYS 1101General Physics I and Lab

PHYS 1302/PHYS 1102General Physics II and Lab

PSYC 3381/CRJU 3381/SOCI 3381Statistics in Psychology

PSYC 3384/CRJU 3384/SOCI 3384Research Methods I

C. Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

Rehabilitative Sciences Core Courses (38 Hours):
REHS 2310Introduction to Rehabilitative Science

REHS 2350Medical Terminology and Documentation in Patient Care

REHS 2151Patient Assessment Practicum

REHS 2360Healthcare Communication

REHS 3320Cultural Issues in Healthcare

REHS 3330Applied Biomechanics and Interventions

REHS 3350Professional Development

REHS 3360Integrated Patient Management I

REHS 3410Introduction to Pathology and Pharmacology for the Healthcare Provider

REHS 4310Integrated Patient Management II

REHS 4320Exercise Physiology

REHS 4350Collaborative Care in Health and Disability

REHS 4360Evidence-Based Case Management

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration Courses (40 Hours):
BIOL 1402General Biology I for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 1403General Biology II for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 2322Anatomy and Physiology II

CHEM 1301Chemical Principles I

CHEM 1302Chemical Principles II

CHEM 1203LChemical Principles Laboratory

PHYS 1301/PHYS 1101General Physics I and Lab

PHYS 1302/PHYS 1102General Physics II and Lab

PSYC 3331Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 3381/CRJU 3381/SOCI 3381Statistics in Psychology

PSYC 3384/CRJU 3384/SOCI 3384Research Methods I

Psychology Elective Course (3 Hours):

Plus a three hour elective psychology course. 

D. Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration

Rehabilitative Sciences Core Courses (34 Hours):
REHS 2310Introduction to Rehabilitative Science

REHS 2350Medical Terminology and Documentation in Patient Care

REHS 3320Cultural Issues in Healthcare

REHS 3330Applied Biomechanics and Interventions

REHS 3350Professional Development

REHS 3360Integrated Patient Management I

REHS 3410Introduction to Pathology and Pharmacology for the Healthcare Provider

REHS 4310Integrated Patient Management II

REHS 4320Exercise Physiology

REHS 4350Collaborative Care in Health and Disability

REHS 4360Evidence-Based Case Management

Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration Courses (45 Hours):
BIOL 1402General Biology I for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 1403General Biology II for Majors and Laboratory

BIOL 2322Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 4351Biochemistry I

BIOL 3361Genetics

BIOL 3471/3471LGeneral Microbiology and Lab

CHEM 1301Chemical Principles I

CHEM 1302Chemical Principles II

CHEM 1203LChemical Principles Laboratory

CHEM 2311Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 2312Organic Chemistry II

PSYC 3381/CRJU 3381/SOCI 3381Statistics in Psychology

PSYC 3384/CRJU 3384/SOCI 3384Research Methods I