Rehabilitation Sciences

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2314
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
29-1123

About the Program

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) in Rehabilitation Sciences program is designed to be an advanced doctoral degree program open to physical and occupational therapists seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice. The aim of the program is to prepare physical and occupational therapists to be leaders in Rehabilitation Sciences by acquiring skills and educators, members of research teams and advocates for best practice. The curriculum includes foundation courses in the health professions, teaching, and research.

Program Delivery

Coursework is predominantly online, with onsite components arranged on preset week days or weekends during the curriculum. Most of the coursework will be offered without pre- or co-requisites to maximize students’ ability to balance their work and personal lives while completing the degree. Each student chooses an area of scholarship that matches the expertise of one of our faculty members; an arrangement that ensures optimal mentorship for the students. 

Objectives

 Graduates of the Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program will be prepared to:

  • Assume leadership positions in professional, academic, clinical and/or community organizations.
  • Educate students and practitioners in rehabilitation sciences in academic, clinical, and community organizations.
  • Consult with consumer groups and organizations to create interprofessional partnerships to foster healthy communities.
  • Contribute to and disseminate scholarship for transfer of knowledge in the rehabilitation sciences to promote best practice and quality education.

 Additional Information

For more information, visit the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences web page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a master's or clinical doctoral professional degree in physical therapy or a related field such as MPT, MSPT, MOT, DPT, or OTD or some other master's degree for admission consideration. In addition applicants must have a current, active US or Canadian license to practice their discipline. Applicants would complete a standard graduate application including submission of the following:

  • Copy of professional license
  • College/university transcripts with minimal overall GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors, or mentors
  • CV
  • Personal statement outlining career plan and topic of research interest

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
NHP 766Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness3.0
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
RHAB 768Advancing the Practice of Rehabilitation3.0
RSCH 758Application of Evidence to Practice3.0
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
Teaching Courses
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
NHP 822Teaching Practicum3.0
Research Courses
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
Elective Practicum Experience2.0
Teaching Practicum
Leadership Practicum
Research Practicum
Additional Elective Option3.0
An Elective may be selected from courses and practica (including independent study) within and outside the program to support the student's plan of study.
Scholarship Experience *
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
NHP 827Scholarship I2.0
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
NHP 829Scholarship III2.0
Total Credits48.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
RSCH 758Application of Evidence to Practice3.0
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
RHAB 768Advancing the Practice of Rehabilitation3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
NHP 822Teaching Practicum1.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 5
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
NHP 822Teaching Practicum2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 6
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
NHP 766Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
Elective Practicum Experience2.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 9
NHP 827Scholarship I1.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 10
RHAB 827Clinical Dissertation Research I1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Term 11
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 12
NHP 829Scholarship III1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Term 13
NHP 829Scholarship III1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Total Credit: 48.0

Facilities

Teaching Facilities

The primary teaching resource for this program is supported distance learning technology. Instructional materials are provided through text, graphics, audio and video formats and are available online through a course management system 24 hours a day. The online courses are highly interactive through the use of web discussion boards, audio chat tools, and video conferencing. Program faculty share a belief that it is important to fully support distance learning students, and support will be offered via email, telephone, fax, and video-conferencing. The College of Nursing and Health Professions invests in state-of-the-art technology to foster an effective teaching and learning environment. The onsite portions of the program are held on the Center City (Health Sciences) Campus of Drexel University. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has two state-of-the-art dedicated teaching laboratories. 

Research Facilities

The department's research facilities include over 9,000 square feet of well-equipped research laboratory space (Biomechanics, Gait, Pediatrics, and Neuromuscular Performance Labs), with equipment including force plates, EMG, motion analysis and human performance measurement equipment. This space includes conference rooms, PhD and post doc offices and is located next door to the College's 14,000 square feet, multi-disciplinary clinical practice.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation also values community partners as a central part of the research resources. Many faculty and students are involved in community-based research through collaborations with CanChild Centre, 11th Street Family Health Center, and numerous pediatric hospitals, out-patient facilities, and early intervention providers. Faculty are collaborating on research projects with nationally and internationally known researchers on several multi-site funded projects.

 

 

 

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