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Rehabilitation and Movement Science Major

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Rehabilitation and Movement Science focuses on understanding movement systems, injury prevention, and sports performance.

Why should I study rehabilitation and movement science?

The field of rehabilitation and movement science offers a rewarding path for health professionals intrigued by exercise and firsthand therapeutic approaches. This major equips students to address a wide range of health needs related to lifestyle, aging, and diseases associated with inactivity. Through this program, you will be well prepared for various career options, including a doctor of physical therapy, a master's or doctor of occupational therapy, physical or occupational therapist assistant, and chiropractor.

What can I do with this degree?

A B.S. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science opens doors to promising future pathways in physical therapy, occupational, therapy, chiropractic practice, athletic training, biomechanical sciences, and research. This comprehensive program provides an in-depth understanding of the traditional sciences, laying a strong foundation of baseline knowledge. The emphasis on the human model and hands-on approaches through client interaction and experience ensures you are equipped to make a significant impact in the realm of exercise and therapeutic interventions.

Our graduates are employed as:

  • Exercise therapist
  • Personal care attendant
  • Physical therapy aid
  • Research technician
  • Health care liaison
  • Health and well-being professional
  • Human performance specialists
  • Exercise physiologist

Our alumni complete these programs at schools such as:

  • University of Minnesota
  • St. Catherine University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Mayo Clinic College of Health Sciences
  • University of Ohio
  • University of North Dakota
  • Palmer College of Chiropractics
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Des Moines University 
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Dubuque 
  • Arcadia University
  • Midwestern
  • Concordia University St Paul
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Belmont University
  • University of Arlington Texas

What skills will I develop?

Throughout your journey in rehabilitation and movement science, you will develop a diverse set of skills essential for success in the healthcare field. Our curriculum provides hands-on experiences and emphasizes client interaction, giving you the practice knowledge and expertise to address the health needs of individuals effectively.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Our program offers unique opportunities to engage in research and hands-on experiences. We provide an integrated, interdisciplinary education model to teach students how to clinically apply knowledge in a professional setting. The emphasis on the human model allows for direct client interaction, providing you with real-world experience. The program provides a systematic investigation of new knowledge through mentored research in an area of the student's choice. Our program also includes opportunities for networking, volunteering, and peer mentoring to connect with individuals both within and outside of Bethel.


of department graduates go on to pursue medical school, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other advanced degree programs

Bethel is one of the first universities that hires practicing clinicians to show students how to apply textbook concepts in a professional setting.

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