Graduate Program

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD Rehab)

Program Description

The online program of PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences is a curriculum that focuses on the study of the effects of disability, functional limitations, and impairments on human functional performance. The effects of social and psychological components on rehabilitation performance will be studied. The program will also examine current evidence-based practices for relevant interventions in the various physical, social and psychological environments. The development and enhancement of research skills including scholarly activity will function as the underlying tenets of the program.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

An Interview with a PhD student

If you’re a healthcare professional who is looking to advance your career into research, teaching at a college/university, or become part of a management team, the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences is the degree for you. Learn more below.

Graduates will be able to seek employment within the five roles of a physical therapist:

  • Educator in higher education
  • Rehabilitation Therapist/Clinician
  • Administrator (clinical or in higher education)
  • Critical Inquirer (clinical research in rehabilitation)
  • Clinical Consultant in rehabilitation

Department Contact Info

Graduate Programs

1001 Bishop St; Suite 1035
Honolulu, HI 96813-3481


Mon – Thu 7:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Fri 7:00A.M. – 11:00A.M.

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Tuition & Credits

Tuition & Credits

Programs Tuition/ per credit Tuition Total Program credits
  Credits Time Per-Semester
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences $795 $57,240.00 72 3 years plus one year for dissertation. Total = 4 years  Based on 2 courses per semester

Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the doctoral program is to ensure graduates that will be able to:

  1. Increase the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by:
    • utilizing evidence-based practice
    • improving functional limitations and impairments
    • improving psychosocial issues
  2. Foster better inter-professional collaborations by:
    • increasing interdisciplinary approaches to healthcare delivery
    • creating interdisciplinary research collaborations
  3. Create change in healthcare delivery by addressing social and health policy issues
  4. The ability to conduct culturally competent scholarly activities within the field of rehabilitation science
  5. The ability to communicate research findings and their implications on the field of rehabilitation science
  6. The ability to integrate the components of scholarship: research, teaching, mentoring, and service within the field of rehabilitation science
  7. The ability to provide patient/client centered care to decrease functional limitations

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objective of the program is to produce researchers, leaders, culturally competent, life-long learners and forward, critical thinkers, that will have the ability to perform the following within 3-5 years post-graduation:

  1. Demonstrated leadership qualities within their profession
  2. Demonstrated interdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  3. Engaged in community health services that addresses societal needs
  4. Participated in learning opportunities to maintain and enhance professional excellence
  5. Demonstrated collaborative research activities
  6. Demonstrated proven record of scholarly activity

Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. At least a Masters degree from a nationally or regionally accredited university in the USA (foreign trained individuals must have degree evaluated by an approved agency)
  2. Bachelors or Masters degrees must be in health related field
  3. Foreign Educated Applicants must provide the additional documents:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores of 550 or better OR take the English proficiency test provided by UMSAz (contact university for more information).
    • Credentials evaluated by approved transcript evaluator (i.e. World Education Services(WES))
    • If currently living in the United States provide proof of legal status.

Please Note: The above specific admissions requirements are in addition to the General Admissions Requirements.

Why Study At UMSAz?

UMSAz believes in providing an education that is wholistic in approach and aims to produce graduates who will be critical thinkers, leaders and clinical problem solvers. A patient centered approach is the common thread woven throughout each class.

Not only does the University of Medical Sciences Arizona provide you the practical skills that you can transition seamlessly into your work environment upon graduation, but we also equip our graduates with a heightened sense of delivering patient centered care from a clinician, researcher, academician, or leadership perspective.

Earn your doctorate degree by applying below. For inquires, please email or call (808) 867-2900.