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Pitt Announces Revised Master’s Program to Prime Students for Careers in Assistive Technology

To meet the increasing demand for professionals competent in providing direct, consumer-related services in assistive technology, officials in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST), School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) at the University of Pittsburgh, have modified their master’s program in Rehabilitation Technology.

This program now allows students to complete their degree work within one year and quickly delve into a professional career in assistive technology for people with disabilities.

“The complexity of matching the needs of people with disabilities and older adults to appropriate assistive technology requires specialized knowledge and clinical experience,” said Rory Cooper, Ph.D., FISA/PVA Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, SHRS. “Our degree program is tailored toward people seeking a career as an assistive technology professional, and it is structured so they can achieve their goals in an efficient manner.”

The program requires 44 academic credits and encompasses a minimum of a one-year course of study: two 15-week semesters and a six-week summer clinical internship.

“My training at Pitt provided me with a solid foundation of theoretical principles, practical technical instruction and a hands-on, clinical preceptorship that carried over to a successful career as a rehabilitation technology supplier,” said Thomas Bursick, M.S., ATP, a 2000 Pitt RST graduate who is employed by United Seating and Mobility.

Interested applicants should visit the RST website at http://www.rst.pitt.edu and contact Dan Ding at dad5@pitt.edu or 412-822-3684 for more information. Admissions are on a rolling basis.

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