Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

Curriculum  

I. REHABILITATION SCIENCES CORE COURSES (9 CREDITS)

RHB 701:Rehabilitation Sciences Theories and Applications through the Life Span (3 credits)

RHB 714:Critical Appraisal of Research in Rehabilitation Sciences (3 credits)

RHB 720: Research in Rehabilitation Sciences (3 credits)

 

     

II. REHABILITATION SCIENCES PROFESSIONAL SEMINARS (6 CREDITS)

 

RHB 770: Professional Seminar I: Introduction to Research (1 credit)

RHB 770: Professional Seminar II: Introduction to Grant Writing (1 credit)

RHB 770: Professional Seminar III: Issues in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (1 credit)

RHB 770: Professional Seminar IV: Surviving and Thriving in Academic Culture (1 credit)

RHB 770: Professional Seminar V and VI: Research Seminar* (2 credits)

 

* (Students will be required to take RHB 770: Research Seminar during every spring they are enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.  They will take this course twice for 1 credit and then will take it for 0 credits until degree is conferred.)

 

 

III. RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES-MINIMUM OF 10 CREDITS

 

Students will be required to complete 10 credits* of courses pertaining to research methodologies. Examples of such courses are:

STA 671: Regression and Correlation

STA 672: Design and Analysis of Experiments

EDS 633: Single Subject Research Design

NUR 791: Qualitative Research Methodologies

CPH 664: Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials

* (STA 570: Basic Statistical Analysis is a prerequisite for research methodology courses.)

 

 

IV. AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION-MINIMUM OF 15 CREDITS*

 

Students will be required to complete 15 credits of coursework pertaining to their area of specialization. These credits are divided into the following areas:

 

1. Professional Discipline-Specific Courses-6-9 Credits

Professional discipline specific coursework is an opportunity for the student to gain in depth knowledge of a topic of interest within their respective field or area. These courses may be take the form of independent studies and can be tailored to the student’s specific needs.

Communication Disorders courses may be offered at all partnering institutions, Occupational Therapy courses are offered at Eastern Kentucky University, and Physical Therapy courses are offered at the University of Kentucky. Distance education technology is used throughout the program and university to make core courses widely available; however, the program cannot be completed through distance education only.

 

2. Cognate Courses Outside of Own Discipline-6-9 Credits

The vast academic and research resources of the university institutes and centers are available for student participation. Students are encouraged to select cognate courses that will assist them in developing the necessary expertise and skills to support their research agenda ultimately culminating in a dissertation. Coursework can be bundled in the cognate to provide a certification of completion. Examples include certificates in Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS), Statistics, and Developmental Disabilities.  Coursework pertaining to certificates of completion  can serve as part or whole of the cognate portion of their coursework. 

To view the Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTS) Curriculum-Click Here.

To view the Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics-Click Here

To view the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and College Learning-Click Here

To view the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities-ClickHere

To view the Public Health Global Health Certificate-Click Here

 

*(Students must take a minimum of 6 credits in discipline-specific courses and a minimum of 6 credits in cognate courses outside the student's discipline. The 3 additional credits may be within or outside the student's discipline.) 

 

Examples of current students programs of studies based on areas of concentration in each of the four disciplines are provided by clicking on the links below: 

Example of Program of Study for a student specializing in Neuro-Musculoskeletal Movement Dysfunction in Athletic Training

Example of a Program of Study for a student specializing in Speech and Voice Physiology in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Example of a Program of Study for a student specializing in Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Physical Therapy

Example of a Program of Study for a student specializing in Occupation-based Practice across the Lifespan in Occupational Therapy

 

     

V. RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP-MINIMUM OF 9 CREDITS

 

RHB 789: Research Apprenticeship in Rehabilitation Sciences*

*(One apprenticeship will be completed with the student's committee co-chair.  One apprenticeship will be completed outside of the student's discipline.)

 

VI. TEACHING APPRENTICESHIP-MINIMUM OF 2 CREDITS

 

RHB 787: Teaching Apprenticeship in Rehabilitation Sciences*

*(Teaching requirements are individually designed based on the student’s past teaching experience.)

VII. DISSERTATION-2 CREDITS PER SEMESTER FOR A MAXIMUM OF 5 YEARS

 

RHB 767: Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credits)

 

TOTAL-55 Credits