Prerehabilitation Sciences (Program)


  • Admission to professional-level programs is heavily weighted toward criteria such as academic record, work experience, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, honors/awards, letters of recommendation and interviews.
  • Entrants must complete an accredited education program and pass a national exam in order to obtain a license.
  • Undergraduate requirements for entry into programs can be met within three academic years at Clemson. Clemson provides strategic advising and counseling to aid students in preparing for admissions.

Clemson offers a couple different paths for students interested in working in a rehabilitation medicine field. We offer a three-year certificate program, which prepares you to meet the requirements for entry into many rehabilitation medicine programs. However, professional-level programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and communications sciences and disorders require a bachelor’s degree prior to acceptance. In those cases, you can select from any major Clemson offers. Our Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a prerehabilitation sciences emphasis is specifically designed to fulfill the requirements for rehabilitation sciences programs. This path also appeals to students who want to earn a Clemson undergraduate degree before entering professional school. 


What you'll study:

It is critical that our students work closely with an adviser in selecting course work as there are varying admissions requirements for each advanced degree and school. Clemson has a prerehabilitation adviser who is available to help you navigate through the process. Depending on your desired career path, course requirements typically include biology, chemistry, psychology, human anatomy and mathematics as well as general education classes.

If you choose to graduate with a Clemson undergraduate degree, your course requirements will depend on the major you choose. While there are many majors that meet the requirements with ease, others may require additional course work. You will need to communicate with your major adviser as well as the prerehabilitation adviser to ensure all requirements are obtained.

While at Clemson, you can build a résumé full of diverse experiences based on your personal interests and career goals. There are vast opportunities to become immersed in scientific research, and we encourage students to gain work experience or even travel abroad while at Clemson. Our undergraduate research program — called Creative Inquiry — allows you to conduct research with a team of fellow undergraduate students and a faculty mentor. Plus, our faculty are great about opening up their laboratories to welcome volunteers, student workers or independent projects.

Students who complete Clemson’s three-year curriculum in prephysician assisting or prechiropractic medicine are eligible to apply for the Clemson Bachelor of Science in preprofessional studies after completion of one year at their chosen professional school.


Popular Minors:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Modern Languages
  • Psychology

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