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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 encourages students to collaboratively solve problems, a process that facilitates active learning. Our class cohorts contain 36 students, with a low student-to-faculty ratio, a feature that contributes to the success of our students.

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),

Our graduate program consists of five consecutive semesters starting in fall, and includes 54 credit hours of academic knowledge-development and clinical skill-development courses. Our rigorous and unique curriculum features:

Clinical instruction is an integral part of our graduate curriculum. Clinical experiences begin during the student’s first semester and continue throughout the four subsequent semesters. Students complete clinical rotations in the RiteCare® Center, our on-campus speech-language-hearing clinic, in addition to off-campus sites, including settings such as public schools, private practices, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation hospitals. We have partnerships with a number of facilities in the Savannah area and beyond. Our clinical experiences are carefully curated and structured to develop each clinician to his or her fullest.

Our academic and clinical curricula have been engineered to prepare our students for licensure, certification, and employment in the field of speech-language pathology. Indeed, our program consistently produces excellent outcomes in terms of student graduation, licensure exam passing, and employment rates.

Undergraduate Program and Post-Baccalaureate Studies

Our undergraduate degree program offers the Bachelor of Science in communication disorders. This is a 124 credit hour program that includes Armstrong’s liberal arts and sciences Core Curriculum and a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing content and teaching and learning practices designed to develop cultural competence and positive habits of mind.

Our post-baccalaureate program is geared toward students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than communication sciences and disorders. Completion of this one-year, 24 credit hour certificate program provides the prerequisite coursework and experiences to allow students to apply to graduate programs in communication disorders that require levelling prior to admission.

Both our undergraduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs are ideal for students wishing to pursue a career in communication sciences and disorders or a related field.

Read more about us and our commitment to our students, professions, and our local area: Our Mission and Vision