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The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science is the first step in pursuing your career in occupational or physical therapy. You’ll benefit from a broad-based education that meets the prerequisites for entering our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). For those of you who already have a particular area interest, you can start early! During your undergraduate studies, you can select elective courses focusing on pediatrics or gerontology.


All courses offered face-to-face on main campus.

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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

You are at the beginning of your university education! That is pretty exciting. Are you planning even further ahead for future graduate studies? Yes? This program is going to get you ready for a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). By starting here, you get the skills and knowledge that will serve you later on. Not quite sure if graduate school is for you, but you’d like options? Rehabilitation science is useful in and of itself. It is broad enough to be applicable in plenty of medical and health careers, while focusing on healing and strengthening the human body. We’ll give you a foundation that you can build on whichever way you choose.

In order to provide efficient, quality learning, you can apply for CUW’s MOT program during your sophomore year, and begin the graduate coursework your junior year. What does that ultimately mean for you? By combining the two programs, you will graduate with a bachelor and master’s in 4 ½ years! Opting for the bachelor alone means you’ll be finished in 3 ½ years. Our faculty and staff will help you choose the path that best suits your individual goals and needs.

In addition, there is an accelerated DPT admission option for qualified students. This option allows students to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 6 rather than 7 years. The option is open to students who matriculate as freshman and take all their science prerequisite coursework at Concordia University. If you decide to pursue admission through the accelerated process you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science following completion of your fourth year of academic study at Concordia University.

Bridge Programs

In addition to offering our traditional BSRS degree for pre-PT and pre-OT students, we also offer a bridge program for both professions. If you are a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), and want to learn more on how to complete your bachelor's degree and matriculate into a master's or doctorate at CUW, please click on the links below. Tuition for this program is $15,000 for first summer/fall terms and then $15,000 for winterim/spring. Upon being accepted and entering the DPT or OTDe program graduate tuition will be charged. 

Bridge PTA to DPT Program

Bridge OTA to MOT/OTDe

Please note, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has approved the application for substantive change and our Physical Therapy Program remains accredited. This means that CAPTE has approved the addition of the Bridge PTA to DPT track, and the first cohort of students will begin on 1/3/22.  

Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate

The Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Certificate is offered to all students entering their first year in the following graduate level programs - Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology. It is designed to be completed in 2 years and consists of 7 courses (total of 15 credits). The courses are completed in a combination of formats - online, face-to-face and a combination of the two.

This certificate prepares you to provide evidence-based animal assisted therapy following standards of best practice. In addition, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to develop an animal assisted therapy program in their future professional practice settings.

Read more about our current Animal Assisted Therapy program here.

For more information, please contact Lois Harrison at

What to Expect

Through this program you’ll benefit from a scientific background, ethical training in medicine, and a thorough basis in the human body. Your curriculum includes advanced anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, human development over a lifetime, and mechanical principles that affect the human body. As a Christian university, we recognize and encourage a life-affirming view of humans at all stages of life. One final “housekeeping” note: You will be required to take a few classes during winterim and summer sessions in order to graduate on schedule. So, pack your sunscreen and gloves to enjoy all the seasons right outside of Milwaukee.

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