Through course work and participation in research, the Doctor of Philosophy program in physical rehabilitation science emphasizes the development of an individual's expertise as a researcher in rehabilitation science. Approximately 20 students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program each year.
Graduates who complete the program are prepared for academic appointments that emphasize research, scholarship, and teaching. They possess:
- theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform basic, applied, or clinical-level original research that leads to scientific presentations, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and competition for extramural funding through scientific grant writing;
- breadth of knowledge in exercise physiology, biomechanic, neuroscience, or motor control specialty areas as they relate to impairment, functional limitation, and disability; and
- theoretical and practical skills required for college or university teaching at the professional entry and advanced graduate levels.
The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in physical rehabilitation science requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed to advance a student's ability to independently develop and carry out research that establishes the scientific basis for prevention, evaluation, and treatment of impairments, functional limitations, and disability. The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate research focusing on basic, applied, or clinical studies in the rehabilitation sciences. Students have access to the program's research laboratories (see Facilities in this section of the Catalog).
Students and their faculty advisor develop an individualized study plan. A preliminary study plan is developed within the first 9 s.h. of graduate study; a final plan is submitted to the Graduate College when the Ph.D. comprehensive examination is scheduled.
To ensure breadth of knowledge, all students complete specific core, research, and scientific specialty area content courses. Elective courses are selected to provide in-depth study of the specialty; they are complemented by an advanced seminar course specific to a student's specialty and taken in preparation for the comprehensive examination.
Students must satisfactorily complete the comprehensive examination, which is taken after all required course work is completed. Doctoral study culminates with 12 s.h. of thesis research and an oral examination.
General Core Requirement
Ph.D. students must complete the following core requirements. In addition to the courses below, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)—online, web-based training—must be completed before a student enrolls in BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I and BMED:7271 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II.
|All of these:|
|PTRS:7812||Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement||3|
|PTRS:7820||Seminar in Rehabilitation Science (taken twice)||1|
|BIOS:5120/IGPI:5120/STAT:5610||Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences||3|
|BMED:7270||Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I||0|
|BMED:7271||Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II||0|
|HHP:3900||Writing for Health and Human Physiology||3|
|PSQF:7385/EDTL:7385/EPLS:7385/GRAD:7385/RCE:7385||Teaching and Learning in Higher Education||3|
|One of these:|
|BIOS:4120||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|STAT:4143/PSQF:4143||Introduction to Statistical Methods||3|
Students complete at least 24 s.h. from the following. The capstone course PTRS:7900 Rehabilitation Research Capstone Project is recommended but not required for students who enter the program with a master's or doctoral-level degree; however, it is required for students who enter with a bachelor's degree.
|PTRS:7884||Practicum in Research||arr.|
|PTRS:7895||Advanced Seminar in Rehabilitation Science||arr.|
|PTRS:7900||Rehabilitation Research Capstone Project||arr.|
|PTRS:7927||Research in Rehabilitation Science||arr.|
|PTRS:7930||Critical Thinking in Neuro-Mechanical Systems||arr.|
|PTRS:7931||Critical Thinking in Pain||arr.|
|PTRS:7932||Critical Thinking in Biomechanics and Human Performance Assessment||arr.|
|PTRS:7933||Critical Thinking in Movement Control/Human Performance||arr.|
|PTRS:7934||Critical Thinking in Neural Plasticity||arr.|
|PTRS:7935||Critical Thinking in Sports Medicine||arr.|
|PTRS:7936||Critical Thinking in Cardiovascular Physiology||arr.|
|PTRS:7990||Thesis: Rehabilitation Science||arr.|
Specialty Content Requirement
Students must complete at least 9 s.h. in their scientific specialty area. Students may choose courses from the following list, but other courses suited to a student's background knowledge and interest area are considered.
|Anatomy and Cell Biology|
|ACB:8401||Advanced Human Anatomy||arr.|
|EPID:6900||Design of Intervention and Clinical Trials||3|
|Health and Human Physiology|
|HHP:6130||Advanced Skeletal Muscle Physiology||1,3|
|HHP:6150||Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology||1,3|
|HHP:6300||Motor Control Seminar||1|
|HHP:6410||Advanced Exercise Physiology||1,3|
|HHP:6460||Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology||1,3|
|HHP:6470||Advanced Physiology of Aging||1,3|
|HHP:6480||Advanced Human Pharmacology||1,3|
|NSCI:7235||Neurobiology of Disease||3|
|NURS:3460||Professional Role II: Research||3|
|Occupational and Environmental Health|
|OEH:4310||Occupational Ergonomics: Principles||3|
|OEH:6310||Occupational Ergonomics: Applications||3|
|PCOL:6207||Ion Channel Pharmacology||1|
|PCOL:6250||Advanced Problem Solving in Pharmacological Sciences||1|
|PTRS:5210||Kinesiology and Pathomechanics||4|
|PTRS:6250||Critical Inquiry I: Evidence-Based Practice||2|
|PTRS:6251||Critical Inquiry II: Rehabilitation Research||2|
|PTRS:7875||Analysis of Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity||3|
|PTRS:7885||Biomechanical Analysis in Rehabilitation||3|
|PTRS:7899||Introduction to Pain: Overview of Theories, Concepts, and Mechanisms||1|
|PTRS:7901||Clinical Correlates of Pain: Syndromes and Management||1|
|PTRS:7902||Molecular, Cellular, and Neural Mechanisms of Pain||2|
|PTRS:7903||Rehabilitation Management of Pain||1|
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College. They should have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and scores at or above the 50th percentile for each section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. A minimum of two years of clinical experience may be considered highly desirable, depending on the research interest area.
Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Application materials must include a complete Graduate College application form, test scores, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose.
Personal interviews are required of all applicants selected for consideration by the admissions committee. On-campus interviews are preferred, but telephone interviews may be substituted when necessary.
Application deadlines are October 15 for spring semester entry (notification by December 15); March 15 for summer entry (notification by May 15); and May 15 for fall semester entry (notification by July 15).
A number of assistantships are available for Ph.D. students. Faculty advisors provide guidance for students seeking external scholarship support through foundations and federal programs that support Ph.D. training.