School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Rehabilitation Science

Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director
Finlayson, M.

Associate Director, Research and Post-Professional Programs
Norman, K.

Brouwer, B., Finlayson, M., Hopkins-Rosseel, D., McColl, M.A.H., Pedlar, D.

Associate Professor
Deshpande, N., Donnelly, C., Lysaght, R.1, Norman, K., Parsons, T., Pelland, L.,Trothen, T.

Assistant Professor
Aldersey, H.2, Auais, M., Batorowicz, B., Cramm, H., DePaul, V., Fayed, N., Ghahari, S., Jull, J., Kessler, D., Miller, J.

Professor Emeritus
Culham, E., Krupa, T., Olney, S.J., Paterson, M.

Adjunct Professor
Aiken, A., McLean, L.

Adjunct Associate Professor
French, S., King-VanVlack, C.E.

Bona, M., Costigan, P.A., Davies, C., Dhavernas, C., Medves, J., Muscedere, J., Pukall, C., Puxty, J., Stockley, D., Woo, K.

1 - On leave January-June 2019
2-  Queen’s National Scholar Community Based Rehabilitation

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 Health Sciences Centre. 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 a 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.Sc. program is limited and is normally based, at a minimum, on an upper second class standing (B+) in a degree equivalent to an honours undergraduate degree in a discipline related to rehabilitation science (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, sociology, psychology, life sciences, engineering, etc.) and awarded by a recognized university.

Admission to the doctoral program is limited and is normally based on high academic standing after the completion of a Master's degree in rehabilitation science, physical or occupational therapy, or in a related field.

Programs of Study

Applicants for both the Master's and Doctoral programs in Rehabilitation Science are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Master of Science

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. Course credits: A total of 12 course credits are required for degree completion. There are two required 3 credit hour courses (RHBS-833* Research Methods I and RHBS-804* Rehabilitation Science). Students may complete their credit requirements through taking a combination of 1.5 and 3.0 -credit courses offered through the School, or 3.0 credit courses offered through other departments. Selection of courses is subject to departmental approval. The student must obtain satisfactory standing in all courses.

  2. Research and Thesis: The student must prepare a written research proposal and present the proposal to an advisory committee and to their peers.  The student must also prepare a satisfactory thesis and successfully defend it.

The program is designed to provide course work in:

  1. A general theoretical review of the field of rehabilitation science.
  2. Research skill development.
  3. Focused areas within the field of rehabilitation science.

Students will normally follow a program of study which requires as a minimum:

Core Courses (2): RHBS-833* Research Methods I and RHBS-804* Rehabilitation Science.

Evaluation/Application Courses: A minimum of six additional course credits 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.

Thesis: RHBS-899 Master's thesis research.

Seminars: RHBS-803 Seminar Program
This non-primary course is obligatory for all M.Sc. students and includes attendance at all seminars, thesis proposal presentations and open defenses that take place within the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program will normally involve three to four years of full-time study. The program involves:

  1. Coursework: Students entering the program from other universities or disciplines must take RHBS-933 Research Methods and RHBS-904 Rehabilitation Science plus three additional elective credits.  Students entering the program from the M.Sc. program in Rehabilitation Science must take only three elective credits. Elective credits should be selected with the guidance of the student's supervisor and may be taken  within the department as one 3.0 credit course or two 1.5 credit courses, or outside the department depending on the area of research focus of the student.

  2. Comprehensive examination: Ph.D. students are expected to successfully complete their comprehensive examination within the first five academic terms of their program.

    The comprehensive examination is a means of ensuring that all graduates of our doctoral program:

    1. Master the breadth and depth of knowledge related to Rehabilitation Science
    2. Are able to formulate and defend arguments based on critical appraisal of the research evidence within the rehabilitation science literature
    3. Integrate and situate knowledge generated in the rehabilitation science field more broadly, such as within the health sciences community and society in general
    4. Are able to competently discuss how different techniques of inquiry are used to create knowledge in the field of rehabilitation science.
    5. Apply their knowledge to critically appraise basic, clinical and applied research relevant to their research area
    6. Make informed judgments on the application of appropriate research methodologies to their research area
    7. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the scope, perspectives, concepts, current issues and research methods relevant to their area of study.

    Students will demonstrate that they are well prepared to pursue original research in Rehabilitation Science at the doctoral level.
    The examination will comprise 2 parts:

    A. An examination with written and oral components that will test the student's knowledge in Rehabilitation Science in general, research methods used in rehabilitation science, and in the  area of the student's research focus; and
    B. Submission of a written thesis proposal and oral defense of this proposal in front of a proposal examination committee.

  3. Thesis requirement: RHBS-999 Doctoral Thesis Research

  4. RHBS-903 Seminar Program: This non-primary course is obligatory for all Ph.D. students and includes attendance at all seminars, thesis proposal presentations and open defenses (Ph.D.) that take place within the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, attendance and participation in journal club, and delivery of two lectures within the M.Sc.(P.T.) or M.Sc.(O.T.) programs.

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The School of Rehabilitation Therapy also offers graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Aging and Health, and Rehabilitation and Health Leadership.
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