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Program Overview

The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program is designed to prepare suitably qualified individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus of the program is to advance the science of rehabilitation, and to elucidate the scientific basis for the procedures and processes used in clinical practice.

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Areas of research emphasis include human and animal studies designed to (1) promote an understanding of the pathophysiology of injury, disease, functional impairment, and associated disabilities, and (2) espouse the rationale for therapies designed to alleviate impaired human function and related physical and mental disabilities.

The program is open to persons with a B.S. degree or its equivalent in any of the relevant sciences. Applicants to the program do not have to be physical therapists; however, each candidate is encouraged to have a broad background in biological sciences (including anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and cellular and molecular biology), calculus and statistics.

It is expected the equivalent of at least four years of full-time study will be needed to fulfill the requirements for this degree.

special opportunity: T32 grant from NIH for neurorehabilitation research

Scholarship opportunities for incoming PhD students

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  • Training Program in Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences
    This training program funded by the National Institutes of Health provides interdisciplinary training in translational research in neurorehabilitation. A stipend and training related expenses for up to three years are provided. Learn more

  • Norton-Ringle Fellowship
    Created in fall 2013, the Norton-Ringle fellowship is used as a recruiting tool and to provide a stipend for a top applicant to the PhD program. Learn more

Our Mission

To prepare highly qualified, professionally adaptable educators and researchers, and to lead the advancement of rehabilitation science through innovative research, teaching, and service.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

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Ming Xu, graduate of KU's rehabilitation science program, is a postdoc at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. His work with aging mice is being recognized for its exciting possibilities. Mentored by WenFang Wang and Hao Zhu, Ming graduated in 2011.

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