Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Sciences

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.

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

  1. Educator in higher education
  2. Rehabilitation Therapist/Clinician
  3. Administrator (clinical or in higher education)
  4. Critical Inquirer (Clinical research in rehabilitation)
  5. Clinical Consultant in rehabilitation

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:
    (a) utilizing evidence-based practice
    (b) improving functional limitations and impairments
    (c) improving psychosocial issues
  2. Foster better interprofessional collaborations by:
    (a) increasing interdisciplinary approaches to healthcare delivery
    (b) 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, scholars, teachers 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.



Programs and Course Outline (click program title)

Total Program credits

»PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences offered 100% on-line

72 Credits
Length Of Program: 3 years plus one year for dissertation = 4 years