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Curriculum

Students in the rehabilitation science program must meet the general requirements of the university and fulfill the basic program requirements to receive the doctoral degree.

Basic Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of curriculum core courses, a minimum of 9 credit hours of research tools courses, a minimum of 6 credit hours of elective courses, and 12 credit hours of doctoral dissertation research.
  • Successful completion of the qualifying examination. This examination takes place after the first year of full time course work. The goal of this examination is to assess that a doctoral aspirant has the necessary analytical, communication and writing skills to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree.
  • Successful completion of the oral comprehensive examination. This examination is an oral defense of a dissertation proposal written in a research grant format. The following skills are assessed as a part of the examination: the ability to critically synthesize literature on a specific topic, identify gaps in knowledge and design a significant research question to address the gaps, execute an independent research project, understand and use methodology and data analysis techniques, and anticipate experimental outcomes. Students are recognized as formal doctoral candidates after they have passed the comprehensive examination.  
  • Successful completion of the final oral examination (dissertation defense). For this examination, the doctoral candidate defends their written dissertation in an oral forum. The written dissertation consists of an introduction chapter, three experimental chapters (on average), and a chapter for the conclusions, clinical application and future directions. The dissertation should be composted at the level of a high quality scholarly work, with experimental chapters being suitable for peer-reviewed publishing as separate manuscripts.

Core Courses

The specific number of credit hours for courses REHS 870, REHS 873 and REHS 980 is determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor.

REHS 803

Research Observations (Take a minimum of one semester during the first year.)

1

REHS 805

Seminar in Rehabilitation Science (Take in Fall and Spring semesters for the first three years.)

1

REHS 856

Research Design and Methods I

2

REHS 857

Research Design and Methods II

2

REHS 862

Cellular and Molecular Basis of Rehabilitation

2

REHS 864

Introduction to Rehabilitation Science

3

REHS 866

Developing Research Aims in Rehabilitation Science

2

REHS 870

Teaching Practicum

1-3

REHS 873

Research Practicum

1-3

REHS 889

Grant Writing

3

REHS 980

Graduate Research

1-10


Research Tools Courses

Successful completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours of research tools courses as determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor. Courses BIOS 714, BIOS 720, and BIOS 730 (or equivalents) are mandatory.

REHS 760

Introduction to Matlab Programming

1

REHS 970

Instrumented Analysis of Human Biomechanical Function

3

BIOS 714

Fundamentals of Biostatistics I

3

BIOS 720

Analysis of Variance

3

BIOS 730

Applied Linear Regression

3

EPSY 710

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

3

EPSY 711

Lab for Introduction to Statistical Analysis

1

EPSY 810

Regression and ANOVA: General Linear Models

3


Elective Course Options

Successful completion of a minimum of 6 credit hours of elective courses as determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor.  Electives may be chosen from this list but are not limited to:

REHS 865

Independent Study (The specific number of credit hours for this course is determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor.)

1-3

REHS 884

Motor Control and Learning

3

REHS 886

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

3

REHS 887

Neurorehabilitation

3

ANAT 832

Electron Microscopy Techniques

3

ANAT 845

Graduate Histology

3

GSMC 857

Biographics

1

HSES 805

Laboratory Experiments and Analysis--Exercise Physiology

3

HSES 810

Advanced Exercise Physiology

3

HSES 825

Skeletal Muscle Physiology

3

HSES 872

Exercise and the Cardiovascular System

3

NRSG 870

Designing a Student Learning Environment

3

NRSG 871

Curriculum/Program Planning and Evaluation

3

NRSG 873

Teaching with Technologies

3

NRSG 874

Nurse Educator Preceptorship

3

PHSL 842

Comprehensive Human Physiology

5

PHSL 844

Neurophysiology

3

PHSL 846

Advanced Neuroscience

5

PRVM 868

Biomedical Informatics Driven Clinical Research

3


Dissertation Research

Successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours. The specific number of credit hours for this course taken in a specific semester is determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor.

REHS 990 Dissertation in Rehabilitation Science


Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship

The research skills and responsible scholarship requirement must be completed prior to the semester the oral comprehensive examination is scheduled.

Successful completion of the following courses meets the research skills requirement:

REHS 856

Research Design and Methods I

2

REHS 857

Research Design and Methods II

2

Successful completion of the following courses meets the responsible scholarship requirement:

REHS 856

Research Design and Methods I

2

REHS 857

Research Design and Methods II

2

PRVM 853

Responsible Conduct of Research

1

Last modified: May 20, 2019

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