Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Department
Are you interested in a rewarding program of study that prepares you for work in rapidly growing areas of health care, within a people-serving industry? If you want to work with children, adults or elderly persons to enhance their quality of life, then the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies department at Springfield College is for you.
Our department offers a variety of courses of study designed to prepare graduates for the rapidly growing health care and human services fields. We currently offer three undergraduate majors:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Health Science
- Rehabilitation and Disability Studies
Program Concentrations within the RHDS major
We also offer advanced programs of study that lead to a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Services or Occupational Therapy in 5 years. For more information on these programs follow these links:
In accordance with the Humanics philosophy, students in our majors become prepared to work as industry icons. Our grads help people recognize their abilities and live full and productive lives.
Since the program’s founding in 1954, graduates of our programs, many of whom hold leadership positions, are found across the country. Excellent employment opportunities exist in many arenas:
- children who have special needs
- athletes recovering from injuries
- nutrition and public health
- pharmaceutical sales
- insurance industry or hospital administration
- persons with physical disabilities
- persons with hearing or visual disorders
- people with learning disabilities and differences
- people with addictions and families of people with addictions
- health related problems as the result of aging
- people with developmental disabilities
- adolescents and young adults
The goal of our majors is to prepare students to enter the health care professions at the bachelor's degree level, or to enter a graduate program. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad based, lifespan perspective. A thorough combination of theory, application and fieldwork provides students with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills.
The Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies InstituteA professional training program in alcoholism, drug abuse, and addictions prevention. For counselors, teachers, college students, coaches, and others working in youth sports, education, allied health, or human services. Learn more about SAASI at Springfield College.
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