University of Pittsburgh Launches Master’s Degree Program in Rehab Technology

The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology has launched a new Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) degree.

In a news announcement, Pittsburgh said the program will be offered starting in the fall semester of 2020 and is described as a 35-credit degree that can be completed in one year of full-time study. The degree can also be completed via part-time study.

The program features “weekly remote classes and in-person labs conducted over one four-day weekend per semester in Pittsburgh.”

The university also announced a Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology, which requires 15 credits.

In the news announcement, Mark Schmeler, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP, Associate Professor/Vice-Chair for Education & Training, University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology, said, “Given an aging population who want to age in place and people surviving and living longer with disabilities, the demand for ATPs will only continue to grow and be recognized as a health profession. We want to promote this great profession especially to bright young minds coming out of undergraduate programs.”

The MRT degree will be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Education in conjunction with RESNA. “Students will have met the majority of the work hour requirements to be eligible to sit for the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification exam soon upon graduation,” the news announcement said.

For more information on the new programs, visit www.shrs.pitt.edu/mrt.

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