In 2011, the Program began offering a PhD degree in Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) through the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis. The RAPS program aims to develop rehabilitation scientists whose research questions are chosen based explicitly on their potential to generate fundamental knowledge that will support recovery, enhance health, improve quality of life, and reduce illness and disability.
The Program underwent a site visit from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) to assess the Program’s master’s and doctoral degrees in 2015. Once again, the Program received a ten-year accreditation and accolades for its accomplishments.
In January 2016, the Program established a partnership with Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), a historically black institution strongly committed to providing a quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyond the metropolitan St. Louis region. The partnership created a Cooperative Degree-Conferring Program of Study, which allows students to earn a dual undergraduate and graduate degree by attending both institutions.
In November 2016, the Program acquired the Milliken Hand Rehabilitation Center from The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). Milliken’s services became a part of the Program’s growing Community Practice services that help clients whose medical condition is limiting their function in performing activities that are central to maintaining health or returning to family, work, and/or community life.
Today, the Program welcomes more than 90 new students each fall. Our faculty conduct their research and scholarship in our spaces, in acute care settings on campus or at community partner facilities around St. Louis. Our clinicians see clients in our clinic spaces or out in the community. Our students learn in a variety of settings as they become the next generation of researchers, clinicians, educators and leaders.