Rehabilitation Sciences

As a rehabilitation therapist, you help to restore the functional capacity of a person to perform the activities of everyday life and become more mobile and self-sufficient.

What do Rehabilitation therapists to?

A Rehabilitation therapist provides comprehensive rehabilitation therapy to people living with disabilities. They work with people who have a physical or mental handicap that limits their mobility and independence. And they assist them to regain their highest possible level of functioning and master the activities of daily living.

What does a typical day at work involve?

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  • Checked Evaluating the client’s abilities, interests, experiences, skills, health, and education
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  • Checked Maintaining client records and monitoring the clients’ progress, and changing the treatment plans according to the convenience of the client
  • Checked Creating an awareness about the needs and abilities of people with disabilities, as well as the laws and resources that affect people with disabilities

What are the specialisations in Rehabilitation Sciences?

Works with visually impaired people of all ages to enhance their skills and confidence to re order their lives.
Works with those who are deaf or partially deaf and enables them to live safe, productive, and independent lives
Provides aids to improve mentally challenged persons’ interactions with the surrounding environment
Assists adults and children with learning disabilities to improve or maintain their physical and mental health as well as develop their self-direction and self-advocacy skills.
Focuses on addressing the basic needs of people with disabilities and their families, and enhancing their quality of life.
Provides services to patients recovering from accidents, injuries or disease to regain their strength and range of motion.
Focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological and emotional problems of individuals with an injury, illness or physical and mental disabilities.

How to become a Rehabilitation Specialist?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level would be a prerequisite for admission into Rehabilitation courses.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s of Rehabilitation Science (B.R.Sc.)/ Diploma courses

The course offered at the UG level in this area is Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science (B.R.Sc.) The duration of the course is 3 years. After 12th, you can also do Diploma courses like Diploma in Rehabilitation Therapy (D.R.T.) of 2 years duration or Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (D.V.R.) of 2 ½ years duration.

Note: (B.Sc.Spl.Ed.&.Reh.)

You can also do specializations at the UG level by choosing either B.Sc. in Special Education and Rehabilitation or B.S.E. in Special Education & Rehabilitation of 3 years duration.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Rehabilitation Science (M.R.Sc.)

After completing the Bachelor’s degree you can go for a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science (M.R.Sc.) . The duration of the course is 2 years.

Note: Pharm. D. (Post Baccalaureate)

Graduates of Pharmacy can pursue Pharm. D. (PB), which is a 3 year professional post-graduate course in the discipline of Pharmacy from an institute recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India.This program functions as a bridge between B.Pharm and regular Pharm.D by advancing professional skills and career options in clinical practice and research.

Rehabilitation Sciences Colleges

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Requirements for masters in rehabilitation sciences

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

From Foreign university (University of Minnesota)

  • International students must hold a comparable foreign degree from an accredited program.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and, if applicable, a graduate school GPA of 3.0 is preferred.
  • GRE score is required at a minimum, in the 50th percentile.

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Communication skills

Rehabilitation therapists should be able to communicate effectively with clients. They have to express ideas and information in a simple and comprehensible way.


Rehabilitation therapists work with people who are having a lot of emotional, physical and psychological problems.They should have the ability to relate to clients and imagine and think from others’ point of view. They should have the expertise to empathize with the clients.

Listening skills

Good listening skills is one of the most important skills for rehabilitation therapists. They should have active listening in order to understand clients’ problems, concerns, and values and to help and suggest solutions to the client.


Rehabilitation therapists must have the patience to help clients learn new skills and strategies to live an independent life without the help of others.

Critical-thinking skills

Rehabilitation therapists must develop a treatment plan considering each client’s abilities and interests. Sometimes they will have to analyse the non verbal cues as well. They should be able to integrate both verbal and nonverbal cues and help their clients overcome their difficulties.


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