PhD in Rehabilitation Science
What Is Rehabilitation Science?
Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates theories and practices that contribute to improving the quality of life of individuals who have functional limitations caused by health conditions affecting communication and/or movement.
The TTUHSC Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and abilities to excel in academia, research, and industry. In addition, the program prepares students to meet the demand at local, state, regional, and national levels for doctoral-level scholars.
About the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science
The program offers concentrations in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Movement Sciences and Disorders (MSD). Students in the CSD concentration can choose specializations in audiology/hearing
science or speech-language pathology/speech science. Students in the MSD concentration
select primary and secondary academic emphases and
research specializations to develop customized areas of expertise.
This Ph.D. program is only offered in Lubbock, Texas, and is not a distance education program. Students who do not live in Lubbock are expected to travel to Lubbock when required.
Careers in Rehabilitation Science
The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program prepares you for teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and research work in rehabilitation science specialties that contribute to the athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professions.
Most of our graduates teach and conduct research in professional education programs in universities in Texas and across the nation. Some graduates have elected to focus on clinical research careers.
The demand for rehabilitation science faculty is high, and new faculty scholars are needed to support the projected growth of the rehabilitation professions in Texas as well as across the United States.
- According to the Texas Workforce Commission, athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology employment will increase between 27-37% by the year 2024.
- The expected growth in rehabilitation professions has resulted in a 29% projected growth in employment of postsecondary teachers in related health specialties.
- Additional information about postsecondary teaching in health specialties is available on the Texas Career Check website.
The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Curriculum
As a student in the Ph.D. rehabilitation science program, you’ll develop customized areas of expertise within your chosen concentration of Communication Sciences and Disorders or Movement Sciences and Disorders. Within each concentration, you will select areas of academic and research emphasis that will guide your selection of the faculty advisor/mentor, advisory committee members, coursework, comprehensive qualifying examination topics, and research/dissertation focus.
In addition to specific coursework that aligns with your chosen area of concentration and emphasis, you will also take a series of classes focusing on core areas including:
- Research design and statistics.
- Technical writing
- Research methods.
"The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program prepares students to become independent,
systematic, and effective clinical researchers. Through a rigorous and well-rounded
curriculum, to the ample one-on-one interactions provided by the many excellent faculty,
students have the opportunity to grow as scientists and achieve their academic goals.
Additionally, our laboratories are complete with state-of-the-art research equipment
allowing students to explore various topics of the rehabilitation sciences and develop
pertinent hypotheses. I recommend this program to any prospective student interested
in clinical research and collaboration. "
MS, CSCS, Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Program