Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program

Letter to Prospective Students

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

The Program is designed to produce research and academic leaders in rehabilitation sciences for the professions of:

Athletic Training
Communication Disorders
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

 The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences offers the Program in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University. The University of Kentucky is a comprehensive, land-grant university and is designated as a Doctoral Extensive University by the Carnegie Foundation.

Students in the Program have the unique opportunity to study with professionals from all four disciplines and take courses from faculty from all four institutions. Distance technologies are used to deliver some portions of the program, thus making it more widely accessible.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and athletic trainers who have a master’s degree and are eligible for certification or licensure in one of the disciplines may apply for admission to the program. Students can choose from several areas of concentration to focus their research interests.  Click here to go  Areas of Specializations. The program prepares graduates to conduct rehabilitation related research, teach at the university level, direct discipline-specific academic programs, work in the rehabilitation services field, and collaborate with other professionals on issues related to rehabilitation.


*Students not eligible for licensure will be considered on an exceptional basis