The Rehabilitation Sciences School (RSS) is affiliated to Southern Medical University(SMU), which is formerly known as the First Chinese People's Liberation Army Military Medical University established in 1951 and became one of the first batch of key universities in 1978. In 2009, when the Rehabilitation school was initially established, it started to run the subject on the innovative reform of rehabilitation talent cultivation system, taking an active part in related research and exploration. In the April of 2011, aiming to cultivate more senior rehabilitation talents, the Southern Medical University and the Guangdong Province Federation of Disabled Persons cooperated to build the Rehabilitation Sciences School, which fostered the integration of mutual advantages and resources to the utmost.
As one of the non-independent secondary school combining clinical practice, teaching and research work, RSS insists on exploring the reformation of talent cultivation model, and has initially formed a set of innovative rehabilitation students cultivation system. In 2011, it was committed as the innovative rehabilitation talent experimental training base in Guangdong Province. In 2012, it became the first rehabilitation students training base affiliated to China Disabled Persons' Federation. In the same year, the Rehabilitation Medical Laboratory was approved as the experimental teaching and demonstration center of the first aid and rehabilitation skills in Guangdong province, equipped with the pre-hospital and post-hospital first aid skills teaching platform, as well as the basic and specialized rehabilitation skills teaching platform.
Up to now, RSS has cultivated more than 450 undergraduates, 22 master students, and 4 Phd and MD. The main teaching area is located in the Shun De campus of Southern Medical University with 18 professional teaching laboratories and six research laboratories, covering an area of 20,000 square meters. While the clinical teaching campus, covering a total of 2,000 square meters of 5 clinical teaching laboratories, is located in Zhujiang Hospital of the Southern Medical University, with its faculty including 45 clinical teachers, 15 professors and 26 lectures.
The medical school of rehabilitation of SMU ranks in the top 10 at national scale. From 2016, the two sub-major——physiotherapy and occupation therapy were established and expected to obtain the international professional certification(WCPT and WFOT). In addition, the school has been committed as not only Experimental School in Guangdong province, but national practical teaching base, and has developed into the largest rehabilitation training base in south of China.