UPitt launches new master’s degree to build ATP workforce

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology will launch a new 35-credit Master of Rehabilitation Technology (MRT) degree in the fall semester of 2020. The goal: focus more on practical applications and the skills necessary for students to seek employment as an ATP in a growing job market. “Given an aging population who want to age in place and people surviving and living longer with disabilities, the demand for ATPs will only continue to grow and be recognized as a health profession,” said Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, associate professor and vice chairman for education and training at RST. “We want to promote this great profession, especially to bright young minds coming out of undergraduate programs.” The degree can be completed in one year of full-time or part-time study. It comprises weekly remote classes, as well as in-person labs conducted over the course of one four-day weekend per semester in Pittsburgh. UPitt’s RST is also offering a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology.