Program Course Requirements

The PhD program includes a minimum of 90 semester credits of study at the doctoral level beyond the bachelor’s degree. Each student completes coursework pertaining to Rehabilitation Science Application, Rehabilitation Science Teaching, Research Methods and Statistics, Rehabilitation Science Research, as well as specialty coursework in one of three emphasis areas: Neuromuscular Plasticity, Disability, Occupation, and Participation Science (DOPS), and Communication and Swallowing Sciences and Disorders (CSSD).  


Required Courses

  • Rehabilitation Science Application – 10 credit hours
  • Rehabilitation Science Teaching – 6 credit hours
  • Research Methods and Statistics – 13 credit hours hours
  • Emphasis Area/Concentration Courses – 18 credit hours
  • Rehabilitation Science Research – 31 credit hours
  • Elective Courses – 12 credit hours
  • TOTAL – 90 credit hours

Rehabilitation Science Application (10 credits)

  • RSD 6110: Rehabilitation Science Theory & Application I (3 credits)
  • RSD 6938: Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Science (2 credits)
  • RSD 6930: The Art of Scientific Dissemination (2 credits)
  • ENC 5319: Scholarly Writing for Publication (3 credits)

Rehabilitation Science teaching (6 credits)

  • RSD 6900: College Classroom: Teaching Process and Practice (3 credits)
  • RSD 6940: Supervised Teaching in Rehabilitation (3 credits)

Research Methods and Statistics (13 credits)

Required:

  • GMS 7877: Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research (1 credit) OR
  • VME 6767: Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)

Other courses can be selected from any college, but should be chosen with input from the major professor and approved by the student’s supervisory committee. Examples of courses meeting these criteria include:

  • CLP 6527: Measurement, Research Design, and Statistical Analysis I (3 credits)
  • CLP 6528: Measurement, Research Design and Statistical Analysis II (3 credits)
  • RSD 6930: Matlab Foundations of Rehabilitation Science (3 credits)
  • RSD 6700: Introduction and Application of Measurement (3 credits)
  • CLP 6529: Applied Multivariate Methods in Psychology (3 credits)
  • CLP 7525: Studying Psychological Change (3 credits)
  • EEX 7526: Grant Writing Seminar (3 credits)

Rehabilitation Science Research (31 credits)

The courses listed below reflect progressive involvement in actual research working with the major professor:

  • RSD 6910: Supervised Research
  • RSD 7979: Advanced Rehabilitation Research
  • RSD 7980: Doctoral Dissertation