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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Rehabilitation Sciences (RHS)
with a Concentration in Neuromusculoskeletal Disability (NMD)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 51.2314
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 66

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department (SPT)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC 77
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rebecca Miro
Phone: 813-974-8530


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Program Information

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences degree program will prepare faculty researchers and leaders with content expertise in rehabilitation sciences who will contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research and education in an emerging 21st century health care environment. Graduates of the Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Sciences are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and productivity relative to one area of concentration: Veteran's Health/Reintegration, Chronic Disease, or Neuromusculoskeletal Disability. Students will complete a core set of rehabilitation sciences courses, statistics/research methodology courses and then select an area of content expertise where independent research will be conducted.

Major Research Areas:
Rehabilitation Science, Veteran's Health/Reintegration, Chronic Disease, Prosthetics, Neuromusculoskeletal Disability, Physical Therapy

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • At least a Master's degree or first-professional doctoral degree in a rehabilitation or rehabilitation sciences related discipline
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA or equivalent in prior graduate and/or professional degree studies
  • GRE required, with preferred minimum scores of 70% V, Q, AW
  • Interview to determine professional goals
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement in 750 to 1000 words, state your professional plans and career objectives (Goal statement). Please include personal qualifications, qualities and professional development and how they have influenced your career path; reasons for this particular degree in relation to academic background, professional work experience, and career goals. Describe prior experiences and accomplishments in a rehabilitation or rehabilitation sciences related discipline.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLiBT) with a score of 79 or higher or the International English Lang Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5 will be required for international students from countries where English is not the official language, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 66 credit hours (post-masters)

Core Requirements:15 hours
     RSD 6111Introduction to Rehabilitation Science3
     RSD 6112Advanced Rehabilitation Science3
     RSD 7930Research Proseminar in Rehabilitation Science 2
     RSD 7300Rehabilitation Ethics 3
     RSD 7910Mentored Research Apprenticeship 1 and 21-2
     RSD 6921 Colloquium in Rehabilitation Sciences 1 and 21-2

Statistics/Research Methods Core:15 hours
     PHC 6051 Biostatistics II3
     PHC 7936 Seminar in Health Care Outcomes Measurements3

Students choose from the following for the remaining 9 hours:
     HSC 6054Design & Analysis of Experiments for Health Researchers3
     GMS 6102 Experimental Design & Analysis3
     PHC 6020 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials3
     PHC 6060 Biostatical Case Studies and Consulting3
     PHC 7709 Case Studies in Quantitative Analysis of Public Health Data 3
     GMS 6840 Cultural and Diversity Issues in Clinical Research2
     GMS 6843 Scientific Communication2
     PHC 7054 Advanced Biostatistical Methods3
     PHC 7053 Generalized Linear Models3
     PSY 6217 Research Methods and Measurement 3
     SYA 6437 SPSS and Social Research3
     PHT 6609 Critical Assessment of the Literature & Evidence-based Practice3

Concentrations:15 hours
Students select from the following Concentrations:

Veteran's Health/Reintegration (VHR)
Students in consultation with their committee will select courses forthe Concentration.
Potential courses:
     RSD 7933 Special Topics in Veteran's Health/Reintegration 3
     SOW 6126 Theoretical Perspectives on Physical Dysfunction2
     PET 6388 Physical Activity Health and Disease3
     PHT 7540 Principles in Patient/Client Management Seminar3
     GMS 6771 Aging and Neuroscience3
     MHS 6210 Wraparound Interventions and the System of Care3
     MHS 6311 Online Services in Counseling and Helping Professions3
     PHC 6501 Homelessness: Implications for Behavioral Healthcare3
     PHT 8702 Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics3

Chronic Disease (CHD)
Students in consultation with their committee will select courses forthe Concentration.
Potential courses:
     RSD 7931 Special Topics in Chronic Disease 3
     GEY 7602PhD Seminar in Health and Aging3
     GEY 7604 Biomedical Aging3
     GEY 7610 Psychological Issues in Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspective3
     GEY 7622 PhD Seminar in Policy and the Elderly3
     GEY 7623Social and Health Issues in Aging3
     GEY 7649 Population Aging3
     GMS 6334 Pathobiology of Human Cancer3
     SOW 6126 Theoretical Perspectives on Physical Dysfunction3
     PHC 6410 Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health3
     PHC 6522 Nutrition in Health and Disease3
     PHC 6931Advanced Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health 3
     PET 6388 Physical Activity Health and Disease3
     GMS 6500C Core Physiology4-6
     PET 6369 Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise Physiology3
     PHT 7540 Principles in Patient/Client Management Seminar3
     PHC 6418 Public Health and Aging3
     RCS 5035 Rehabilitation Counseling: Concept and Applications3
     RCS 5080 Medical Aspects of Disability3

Neuromusculoskeletal Disability (NMD)
Students in consultation with their committee will select courses forthe Concentration.
Potential Courses:
     RSD 7932 Special Topics in Neuromusculoskeletal Disability 3
     GMS 6440 Basic Medical Physiology3
     GMS 6431 Cell Physiology4
     GMS 6770 A Metabolic Approach to Pain Management3
     HSC 6556 Pathobiology of Human Disease I3
     HSC 6557Pathobiology of Human Disease II3
     PET 6388 Physical Activity Health and Disease3
     PET 6084 Body Composition: Assessment and Management3
     PET 6098 Topics in Strength and Conditioning3
     PET 6339 Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise Physiology3
     PET 6351 Occupational Medicine for Health Professionals3
     PHT 7450 Principles in Patient/Client Management Seminar3
     PHT 7264 Neuromuscular Clinical Problem Solving3
     PHT 7777 Musculoskeletal Clinical Problem Solving3
     PHT 8724 Anatomical Basis of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation3

Electives:3-12 hours
Electives may be selected in consultation with student's committee.
Potential Courses:
     GMS 6020 Neuroscience 5-6
     GMS 6541 Pharmacology for Health Professionals4
     GMS 6706 Basic Medical Neuroscience3
     GMS 6843 Scientific Communication2
     GMS 6875 Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research3
     GMS 6890 Medicine and the Arts3
     GMS 6891 Medicine and the Movies3
     GMS 6840 Cultural and Diversity Issues in Clinical Research2
     PHT 7151 Health Promotions and Wellness3
     RSD 7xxxDirected Readings in Rehabilitation Sciences3
     RSD 7xxx Teaching Practicum in Rehabilitation Sciences3

Doctoral Qualifying Exam
As soon as the substantial majority of the course work is completed, the student must pass a written qualifying examination covering the subject matter in the major and related fields. This examination may be supplemented by an oral examination.

Dissertation: 12 hours
RSD 7980 Dissertation12

* A wide range of electives within the Rehabilitation Sciences program and from other departments on the USF and USF Health campuses are available to students. Student may select electives that complement their course work and provide knowledge and skills that they will find useful upon graduation.
** Once accepted into candidacy, a student may begin work on their dissertation.
*** While some students may complete the PhD requirements in three years, others may require more time to complete all requirements. Fourth year credit hours and courses would be directed toward fulfilling requirement.


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