Concurrent Certificate in Rehabilitation Science (RS)

The concurrent Certificate in Rehabilitation Science (RS) is administered by the School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS).

The Certificate of RS provides undergraduate students from various disciplines and faculties an opportunity to focus their knowledge and skill development in the field of rehabilitation science.  This certificate will recognize students who have obtained foundational knowledge in rehabilitation science through their coursework and experiential learning.

The interdisciplinary Certificate of RS may be taken by students pursuing any undergraduate degree and requires completion of 18 units of course work plus 60 hours of experiential learning in a clinical or research rehabilitation environment.

Any student in an undergraduate program at McMaster may declare the Certificate of RS at the time of graduation provide they satisfy all the requirements.

  • In order to obtain the Certificate of RS, students must take HTH SCI 3RS3 (3 units) – Foundations in Rehabilitation Science.
  • Completion of an additional 15 units from the Course Requirements list below.
  • No more than 6 units from Level 1 courses allowed.
  • Students are required to gain at least 60 hours of experiential learning in a clinical or research rehabilitation environment.
    • Students will be asked to write a one-page reflection on the experiential learning.  Students will be asked to provide a log of the hours, types of experience, and verifying reference for these hours.
      • To complete a one-page reflection on the experiential learning, students can click here to complete the fillable PDF form.  When completed, save the file form to your computer and then submit it by email to  Students must have Reader installed on their computer to save document.


Course Requirements

18 units of course work 

3 units HTH SCI 3RS3 – Foundations in Rehabilitation Science (mandatory)

Plus 15 units from any of the following courses:

Life Sciences:
  • LIFESCI 2N03 – Human Nutrition for Life Sciences
  • LIFESCI 3AA3 – Human Pathophysiology
  • LIFESCI 3BB3 – Neurobiology of Disease
  • LIFESCI 3K03 – Neural Control of Human Movement
  • LIFESCI 3Q03 – Global Human Health and Disease
  • LIFESCI 4Y03 – Applied Biomechanics
Health, Aging & Society:
  • HLTHAGE 1BB3 – Introduction to Aging and Society
  • HLTHAGE 1CC3 – Introduction to Mental Illness and Illness
  • HLTHAGE 2B03 – Social identify, Health and Illness
  • HLTHAGE 2D03 – Continuum of Care
  • HLTHAGE 2J03 – Selected Topics in Aging and Society
  • HLTAGE 3D03 – Perspectives on Disability, Chronic Illness and Aging
  • HLTHAGE 3HP3 – Population Growth and Aging
  • HLTHAGE 3L03 – Embodied Aging
  • HLTHAGE 3N03 – Aging and Mental Health
  • HLTHAGE 4B03 – Death and Dying in Later Life
  • HLTHAGE 4J03 – Narratives of Illness
  • HLTHAGE 4P03 – Leisure and Recreation in Later Life
Linguistics (Humanities):
  • LINGUIST 1A03 – Introduction to Linguistics: Sounds, Speech and Hearing
  • LINGUIST 2SL3 – Introduction to American Sign Language
  • LINGUIST 3F03 – Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language and Hearing
  • LINGUIST 3NL3 – Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
  • LINGUIST 3SL3 – Intermediate American Sign Language
  • LINGUIST 4SL3 – SLP Practicum
  • MUSIC 2MU3 – Introduction Music Therapy Research
Art History:
  • ARTHIST 2AA3 – Introduction Practice of Art Therapy
Integrated Business and Humanities:
  • IBH 1BA3 – Leadership Coaching
  • IBH 1BC3 – Fundamentals of Ethics
Health Science:
  • HTH SCI 2DS3 – Global Health and the Complexities of Disease
  • HTH SCI 2F03 – Human Physiology and Anatomy I
  • HTH SCI 2FF3 – Human Physiology and Human Anatomy
  • HTH SCI 3AH3 – Indigenous Health
  • HTH SCI 3MU3 – Music, Health and the Community
  • HTH SCI 3RS3 – Foundation in Rehabilitation Science
  • PSYCH 1X03 – Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • PSYCH 1XX3 – Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • PSYCH 2AA3 – Child Development
  • PSYCH 2AP3 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYCH 2GG3 – Learning, Measuring, and Shaping Behaviour
  • PSYCH 2H03 – Human Learning & Cognition PSYCH 3AG3 – Aging
  • PSYCH 3BA3 – Positive Psychology
  • PSYCH 3B03 – Special Populations
  • PSYCH 3CB3 – Attitudes & Persuasion
  • PSYCH 3UU3 – Psychology of Language
  • KIN 3B03 – Adapted Physical Activity
  • KIN 3E03 – Neural Control of Human Movement
  • KIN 3Q03 – Motor Development Across a Lifespan
  • KIN 3Y03 – Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • KIN 3Z03 – Neuromuscular Plasticity in Health and Disease
  • KIN 4AA3 – Applied Biomechanics
  • KIN 4B03 – Cardiovascular Disease
  • KIN 4GG3 – Clinical Biomechanics
  • KIN 4H03 – Physical Activity Behaviour Change
  • KIN 4KK3 – Fundamentals of Rehabilitation
  • KIN 4S03 – Physical Activity in Chronic Health Impairments
  • KIN 4SS3 – Human Aging
Specific requirements for KIN students:

Completion of KIN 4EE3 Professional Placement course OR completion of 60 hours of volunteering in an approved rehabilitation setting

When completed, save the file form to your computer and then submit it by email to Students must have Reader installed on their computer to save the document. This is a free download, click here.

Deadline for 2022 graduates is Friday March 18, 2022.

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