Dec 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rehabilitation Sciences, PhD

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The mission of the Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD Program is to fulfill a leadership role in addressing the rehabilitation and health needs of individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond through research, education and service.

The Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD program is an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional program led by the University of Kentucky in close cooperation with Eastern Kentucky University, and Western Kentucky University. The educational and research expertise of these universities and faculties creates a program that enables its graduates to provide academic, research, and clinical leadership. The Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD Program graduates will receive their Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Students in the program have the unique opportunity to study with faculty from the different health professions offered in the participating institutions, such as athletic training, communication science and disorders, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistants and health services research, and take courses from faculty specialized in these disciplines. Students in other disciplines can also apply and are accepted on an individual basis.


Admission Requirements

Individuals applying for admission must hold at least a professional or post-professional master’s degree. Eligibility for licensure or clinical certification in Communication Sciences & Disorders, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant or Physical Therapy is encouraged, but not required for admission into the program. Those with basic science graduate degrees and interests are also welcomed to apply and will be considered equally for admission. Acceptance into the Program is dependent upon identifying and matching your area of research interest with an RHB faculty member willing to serve as your doctoral studies program mentor.


Degree Requirements

44 Total Credit Hours

Required Core Courses:


  • 6 credits in Research Methodologies
  • 12 credits in area of specialization
  • 6 credits in Research apprenticeship (RHB 789 )
  • 2 credits in Teaching apprenticeship (RHB 787 )
  • 4 credits in Dissertation hours (RHB 787 )

Students must obtain a grade of “B” or better in RHB core courses.

Students are allowed a grade of a “C” in only two credited activities (class, seminar, independent study, research experience, or apprenticeship) during their doctoral education.

A grade of E in any coursework is grounds for dismissal from the program.

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