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Graduate Studies Programs of Study Rehabilitation Science

Rehabilitation Science
Director and Vice-Dean (Health Sciences)
Finlayson, M.
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Science Program
McLean, L.
Brouwer, B., Culham, E.G., Finlayson, M, Krupa, T., Hopkins-Rosseel, D., McColl, M.A.H., McLean, L.
Associate Professor
Aiken, A.B., Jamieson, M., King-VanVlack, C.E., Lysaght, R., Norman, K., Pentland, W.E.
Assistant Professor
Cramm, H., Deshpande, N., Guilcher, S., Parsons, T., Pelland, L.
Professor Emeritus
Olney, S.J., Paterson, M. Peat, M. 
Costigan, P.A., Medves, J., Minnes, P.M., Stuart, H.L.

Departmental Facilities The School of Rehabilitation Therapy is housed in the Louise D. Acton building. The Skills Laboratory and Seminar Room are located in the basement. Administration and faculty offices are on the second floor. Research laboratory facilities are located in the LDA building, Botterell Hall and Kingston General Hospital. Laboratories are well equipped to support various research programs in the study of normal and abnormal human movement, motor control, human neurophysiology and cardiovascular and skeletal muscle function. Research may also be undertaken in the variety of affiliated clinical and community settings external to the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.
Financial Assistance
Graduate students are expected to apply to the external granting agencies for fellowships available to them. Thereafter they will be considered, without further application, for Queen's Fellowships. Graduate students may receive support from grants held by members of faculty, or from departmental funds. Teaching assistantships are available to suitably qualified candidates.
Fields of Research The School of Rehabilitation Therapy promotes research and the development of rehabilitation as a science. This is reflected in an educational program that focuses primarily on two fields of study: Motor Performance in Rehabilitation, the description, explanation and prediction of human movement or function in normal and pathological states, and Disability and Wellness in the Community, the description and explanation of disability and social participation and the evaluation of community based prevention and/or habilitation/rehabilitation interventions.
Programs of Study Applicants for both the Master's and Doctoral programs are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
Admission Requirements
Normally an upper second class standing (B+) in a degree equivalent to an honours undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medical Rehabilitation or in a related discipline awarded by a recognized university is required for admission to the Master's degree program.
Admission to the doctoral program is limited and is normally based on the completion of a Master's degree with high standing in rehabilitation science or in a related field.
Students are normally enrolled full time for two years and are required to follow a program of study within the framework of Program Pattern I of the School of Graduate Studies which requires as a minimum:
1 Courses: Two session-length or four term-length graduate courses. Selection of courses is subject to departmental approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standing in the courses.
2 Research and Thesis: The student must prepare a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it.
The program is designed to provide course work in:
a A general theoretical review of the field of rehabilitation science.
b A specialized area within the field of rehabilitation science.
c Research skill development.
Students will normally follow a program of study which requires as a minimum:
Core Courses (2)
RHBS-833 * Research Methods in Rehabilitation and either RHBS-801* Motor Performance in Rehabilitation or RHBS-802* Disability and Wellness in the Community depending on the student's field of study.
Evaluation/Application Courses
A minimum of two additional term length courses selected from the calendar listings. Note that a minimum enrolment may be required for some courses. Where appropriate, a course may be offered as an independent study if the minimum enrolment is not met.
RHBS-899 Master's thesis research
RHBS-803 Seminar Program
This non-primary course is obligatory for all M.Sc. students.
The Ph.D. program will normally involve three to four years of full-time study. The program involves:
1 Coursework - A minimum of one required graduate course (RHBS-903) and one additional graduate course beyond the Master's. Students entering the program from other universities or disciplines may be required to take additional graduate courses in Rehabilitation Science including either RHBS-901* Motor Performance or RHBS-902* Disability in the Community depending on the field of study. Elective courses should be selected with the guidance of the student's supervisor and may be taken outside the department depending on the area of interest of the student.
2 Comprehensive examination - Ph.D. students are expected to successfully complete their comprehensive examination after approximately one year in the program. The purpose of the examination is to ensure a solid knowledge base in Rehabilitation Science that would enable them to teach capably at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to generate original ideas and hypotheses, and to pursue external funding in support of their ideas. The examination will comprise 2 parts: i) An examination with written and oral components that will test the student's knowledge in Rehabilitation Science in general and in the field of specialization in particular and ii) Completion of selected components of a grant application in accordance with the guidelines for grant submission from a major funding agency that supports research in the student's field of study.
3 Thesis requirement
Graduate Studies Programs of Study Rehabilitation Science
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