Physical Therapy — M.S.R. (Postprofessional)

Program director

Todd C. Nelson

The Master of Science in Rehabilitation (M.S.R.) degree is a postprofessional program designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy who wish to pursue advanced studies in their profession.

Technology requirement

Students are required to have an iPad for the courses in the orthopaedic and neurology tracks, as well as for testing activities in all courses.  It is highly recommended that students have access to a personal computer (minimum: 800 MHz multimedia) with Internet access (minimum: 56 kbps [connected at 44+ kbps]). A $60 technology fee is charged in year one.

Practice credentials

To practice physical therapy in the United States, one must meet the criteria of the state in which s/he wishes to practice. Credentials are evaluated based on the applicable entry-level education. Postprofessional education cannot be used for this purpose.

Learning outcomes

In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the M.S.R. degree student is expected to meet the following program learning outcomes:

Outcome 1Discovery. Students will demonstrate a commitment to discovery.
Outcome 2Science. Students will use basic science knowledge to advance physical therapy practice.
Outcome 3Global outreach. Students will provide physical therapy care to the larger world population.
Outcome 4Clinical excellence. Students will provide advanced patient-specific physical therapy care.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from an accredited program or have the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy.

The GRE is not required for acceptance.

First Year
Autumn QuarterUnits
AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio0
AHRM 571Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
PTGR 506Soft-Tissue Mobilization3
PTGR 510Neurologic Upper Extremity Management3
PTGR 690Research Rotations2
Winter Quarter
AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio0
AHRM 572Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
PTGR 505Orthopaedic Intervention: Regional Interdependency of the Cervical Spine & Upper Extremities3
PTGR 573Pathokinesiology of Gait3
Spring Quarter
AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio0
AHCJ 545Legal and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions3
PTGR 501Advanced Orthopaedic Specialty Tracks I3
PTGR 503Medical Documentation and Billing3
PTGR 508Current Topics in Neurological Rehabilitation3
Summer Quarter
AHCJ 519Graduate Wholeness Portfolio1
PTGR 500Integrative Approach to Early Rehabilitation3
PTGR 507Advanced Pediatric Clinical Practice3
PTGR 509Function-Based Rehabilitation3
RELR 575Art and Science of Whole Person Care3
 Total Units: 45

Normal time to complete the program

1 year (4 academic quarters) — based on full-time enrollment