The Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

This program is designed to include many of the rehabilitation professions and offers opportunities for qualified clinical professionals to prepare for careers in independent research, teaching, and administration. It is the goal of this program to prepare graduates who will provide vision and direction for the integration of the rehabilitation professions; advance the theory and practice of rehabilitation science through research; and acquire and integrate knowledge related to the social and basic medical sciences.

Areas of study in the doctoral degree program:

  • Rehabilitation Science and Religion (38 quarter units),
  • Advanced Courses in Content Area (6 quarter units)
  • Research and Dissertation (36 quarter units) for a total of 80 quarter units beyond the master's degree

The Rehabilitation Science core has three domains:

  • Rehabilitation Science and Loma Linda University Values
  • Leadership
  • Education

Students are expected to complete appropriate courses in the basic science areas needed to form a foundation for their research area. The program includes both written and oral comprehensive examinations before admission to candidacy and a presentation and oral defense of a dissertation resulting in at least two publishable papers.

For more information about our program see our Rehab PhD Student Handbook.

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the rehabilitation science, PhD program, the applicant must have the following:

  1. The applicant must have a master's degree in an allied health profession area or a discipline related to rehabilitation science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in academic and professional coursework.
  2. Proof of involvement in a complete research project (group or individual) that involved data collection and production or a research paper or research poster.

A formal letter of support from a primary research faculty member whose research interests and availability match those of the applicant must be filed with the application.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA  94501; telephone 510-748-9001.


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