Rehabilitation Sciences

About Our Department

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences was created in the summer of 2010 from the previously separate Departments of Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy program was first established in 1994 and received accreditation in May, 1997. In May of 2009, the program graduated its first ever class of doctoral-level students.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Armstrong State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Our 36-month program boasts a curriculum based in part on problem-based learning. Students are encouraged to collaboratively solve problems, a process that is thought to encourage active learning. Our class cohorts contain from 20 to 36 students, with a low student-to-faculty ratio, a feature that contributes to the success of our students. Of the 61 students admitted to the Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014, 57 students (93.4%) graduated and 100% were employed within three (3) months of graduation.  Over the same time period, 100% passed the licensure examination (NPTE), 96.7% on the first attempt.  

We offer state-of-the-art facilities: an anatomy lab, pulmonary function lab, exercise physiology lab, and a clinical athletic training facility. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. George Davies and Dr. Bryan Riemann, a biodynamics lab was acquired in 2008. Equipped with over a dozen pieces of specialized exercise testing equipment, the facility has enhanced the quality of the research being performed by students in the physical therapy and sports medicine departments.

Clinical instruction begins during the student's first semester and is interspersed throughout the three years. After completing several short rotations, each student is expected to complete one 8-week internship after the first year and two 11-week internships during the final year. We have over 250 clinical partners, providing students with a wide variety of options for their clinical experiences.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The graduate degree program (Master of Science) in Speech Language Pathology is currently accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for 2009-2016 (Program Review Due: 02/2015). 

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have the expertise to help individuals with a variety of communication disorders. SLPs may work with individuals with developmental delays, such as autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy; language-learning disabilities; stuttering; and speech sound production errors, such as a "lisp." SLPs also routinely assist in the recoveries of people who have had head injuries, strokes, and cancers of the head and neck. Still others who benefit from these services are individuals learning English as a second language and those who seek to improve their communication skills for the corporate world. SLPs assist individuals of all ages by working with them and their families in their schools, their hospitals, their homes... anywhere they need communication facilitation.

Millions of Americans live with communication disorders. The number of individuals with communication disorders in the United States is growing due to several factors. These include life-saving medical advances in the care of premature infants who are likely to exhibit developmental delays, blast injury survivors returning from combat areas with traumatic brain injuries, and the "graying of America" as the Baby Boomers enter retirement age. Career opportunities in the field of speech-language pathology are increasing in order to meet these expanding needs. Speech-language pathology was recently named one of the top 50 jobs in America by Money Magazine, based on factors such as positive employment outlook, salary and working conditions.


Check out our most recent media publications pdf to stay updated on the latest news and accomplishments of Communication Sciences & Disorders and the RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders.

Read about Communication Sciences student Caroline Shem-Tov on the Armstrong Experience website.

RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders

Providing Speech-Language Pathology Services for individuals across the lifespan in Savannah/Chatham County and surrounding areas.