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About the Department

The Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is at the forefront of developing innovative academics, research, and social-justice programs aimed at both preventing injury and disability and helping those who have illnesses, short-term injuries, or long-term physical or psychological disabilities lead full, satisfying and meaningful lives.


The department encompasses programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy and recreational therapy, as well as an undergraduate health professions degree that prepares students for graduate study. Our programs train clinicians who provide advanced therapies and treatments ranging from injury prevention and wellness protection to adaptation and rehabilitation—all focused on improving and protecting patients’ quality of life and overall well-being.

Athletic Training

The department offers a master’s degree that prepares aspiring athletic trainers to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, as well as an online Doctor of Athletic Training degree that equips certified athletic trainers with advanced expertise in evidence-based techniques that improve patient outcomes.

Occupational Therapy

These graduate programs focus on preparing students for careers in which they identify and address the aspects of injury or disability that prevent people from performing essential tasks or engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. Activities and adaptation are used to improve function, performance, independence and quality of life.

Physical Therapy

This doctoral program prepares students to become licensed physical therapists who examine, evaluate, and treat patients in a variety of clinical and community settings, with an emphasis on evidence-based decision-making, a collaborative learning environment, strong faculty mentorship, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

Recreational Therapy

These undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for careers as recreational therapists that use play, recreation, and leisure as a means of psychosocial adaptation, health promotion, community engagement, rehabilitation, and life quality for children and adults of all ages who have illnesses and disabilities.

Why Us?

  • Our occupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation and athletic training programs have accreditation and are nationally recognized for academic excellence.
  • Consistent with our solid science and research underpinnings, our professional training emphasizes state-of-the-art, evidence-based practices.
  • We have strong inter-professional collaboration and relationships among faculty and students across the university and with our clinical partners.
  • Many of our faculty members have clinical certifications and federally funded research laboratories that enhance our programs

Innovation and Outreach

Intensive student engagement in research projects is beneficial to students' clinical practice and may influence their interest in pursuing an academic career in research. Our innovative research labs and centers include:

  • Accessibility in medical devices and rehabilitation robotics interventions,
  • Arts accessibility and inclusion,
  • Community participation for individuals with autism spectrum disorders,
  • Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability
  • RT Wise Owls Research Lab
  • Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Measurement in Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Neuromotor Science Research Consortium
  • North Broad Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic

Clinical spaces

  • A state-of-the-art athletic training clinical education lab that contains ceiling-mounted live cameras that enhance clinical instruction, expanded modalities that include electrical stimulation, a hot/cold tub, and ultrasound, simulating the kinds of facilities graduates will encounter in the field.
  • A new Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Suite with assistive technology tools, accessible showers and commodes, and other equipment
  • Anatomy Laboratory where cadaver dissection is paired with classroom instruction.
  • Clinical Simulation Laboratory with hardwired mannequins that allow students to practice physiological monitoring.
  • Health Sciences Library located in the Medical Education and Research Building