The Doctor of Science Degree

The Doctor of Science degree in rehabilitation sciences is a postprofessional degree that builds on students’ entry-level education and subsequent education and clinical experiences. The goal of the program is to prepare occupational therapists and physical therapists to become leaders in practice and scholarly practitioners with advanced clinical reasoning and skills in a specialty area. Graduates will understand and contribute to the scholarship of their professions, particularly through scholarly practice and clinical outcomes research. Most graduates will remain in clinical practice and become leaders in practice, such as clinical instructors, clinic managers, and/or directors of clinical programs. 

Pediatric Specialization Web-Based Option

A primarily Web-based option is available for the pediatric specialization of the program, which emphasizes leadership in early intervention, school-based practice, and assistive technology. Anywhere students have Internet access, they can read and complete assignments online and participate in asynchronous on-line discussions with nationally recognized faculty and other students. 

Because not all leadership and scholarship experiences can be carried out online, the program has experiences up to a week long in Oklahoma City during fall and spring semesters for some courses. Students are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation in Oklahoma City the summer before entering the program. Orientation usually takes place the Wednesday and Thursday before classes start in the fall. Students also are strongly encouraged to attend a five-day Summer Institute in Oklahoma City, usually during the second summer in the program. The Summer Institute provides hands-on experience with a variety of assistive technologies and other educational experiences.

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130.

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Program Description and Requirements

The program of study for the Doctor of Science degree with an emphasis in pediatrics includes four major components:

  • Core course requirements
  • Cognate area (courses in another department or area of study; this area must be special education or early childhood for students receiving support from the US Department of Education grant)
  • Pediatric specialty area courses
  • Advanced practice project

Click here for a list of degree requirements

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130.

DSc Program Brochure

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are for 1 year (18 credit hours):
Resident tuition rate: $190.70/credit hour (total = $3,432.60)
Non-resident tuition rate: $739.90/ credit hour (total = $13,318.20)
 
Student Fees:
Connectivity fee: $16.50/credit hour (total = $298.80)
Library resources fee: $13.00/credit hour (total = $234.00)
Electronic media fee: $110/credit hour (total = $1980.00)
 
Total Tuition and Fees:
Residents: $330.20 per credit hour (total for 18 credits = $5,943.60)
Non-residents: $879.40 per credit hour (total for 18 credits = $15,829.20)
Tuition and fees as of Fall 2015. They are subject to change. | Updated 10/28/2015

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130. 

Admission Information

  • Prior to submitting an application, a prospective student must identify and contact a Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty member with compatible interests and goals who could become the student’s advisor. Applicants who do not know Department faculty should go here, review the faculty information, and contact potential advisors to discuss interests and goals. 

  • Application deadline:  July 1 for fall admission

  • Graduate of an accredited professional (entry-level) program in occupational therapy or physical therapy.

  • Documentation of practical experience as an occupational therapist or a physical therapist for a total of at least two full-time years, preferably in pediatrics.
     
  • Official transcripts from all of the colleges and/or universities the applicant has attended.  Minimum grade point average (GPA): cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours.  When calculating grade point average, the entire semester in which the 60 hours fall is counted. The admission committee also will consider grades in individual courses that it considers to be important for success in the program. University of Oklahoma graduates who have not taken courses since graduation do not need to submit transcripts. Applicants who have previous coursework from colleges or universities outside of the United States or who are international/non-US citizens are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES).  The WES Web site is http://www.wes.org/.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.  Scores of 153 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the verbal component, 144 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the quantitative component, and 4 or higher on the writing assessment are highly preferred.  Applicants who have taken the GRE and subsequently successfully completed a professional or postprofessional degree are not required to take the GRE again, but must submit scores.  Please complete and submit the GRE waiver form.

  • A one-page statement of the applicant's educational interests and goals, and intended specialty area as a student in the program.  The statement should describe how the applicant expects the program to assist in meeting career goals. The admissions committee will consider the quality of the statement, the compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with the goals of the program, and the availability of faculty with expertise in the applicant’s area(s) of interest.

  • Three letters of reference from individuals who can describe the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral level program.

  • If English is a second language, an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within two years of the application.  A score of 600 (paper), 100 (Internet), or higher is required. To request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement, please email Judith Grove

  • A completed University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center application.

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130. 

Sample Plans of Study

The attached PDF file shows sample plans of study for students with BS degrees; MOT, MPT, DPT, or other postbaccalaurate professional degrees; or a MS degree in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with an emphasis in pediatrics or another postprofessional degree. Students with other degrees should contact the program for more information.

The sample plans of study are examples that indicate the semesters that OUHSC courses are offered and are recommended sequence of courses. Some flexibility in coursework and timing of courses is possible and students need to work with their advisors and committees to develop their individualized plans of study.

Some of the plans include more than the required number of credits to indicate possibilities for each semester. Students are responsible for working with their advisors to ensure their plans of study include the courses and credits required for graduation.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's (OUHSC) course numbering system indicates the number of credits by the last digit of the course numbers. A course number ending with 3, for example, is a 3-credit course. If the last digit is 0, the course has variable credit and sometimes it can be repeated up to a maximum number of credits. Advisors can help determine the number of credits for these courses.

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline: July 1 for fall admission

To apply to the Web-Based Doctor of Science Degree Program, complete the following steps.

1. Complete the online application to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. (*Major code for the Web-Based Doctor of Science Degree Program is 1220D.)

2. Pay non-refundable OUHSC application and processing fees.

OUHSC Application Fee .....................................$40.00
OUHSC College of Allied Health Processing Fee........$25.00

3. Send official, sealed transcripts from all schools attended. If you graduated from the University of Oklahoma and have not taken courses since then, you do not need to submit transcripts.

Applicants who have previous coursework from colleges or universities outside the United States or who are international/non-US citizens are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES).

4. Submit a career goal statement.

5. Submit three letters of reference from individuals who can describe your potential for success in a doctoral level program.

6. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores are due by the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE at least two months prior to the admission deadline.

Applicants who previously have taken the GRE and graduated from a professional or postprofessional program that required the GRE are not required to take it again, but must submit scores. Please complete and submit the GRE waiver form.

Program Courses

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers the following courses.  The department offers most courses once a year, but might not offer each course every year and could add or eliminate courses. Students are responsible for developing plans of study with their advisors and committees that will allow timely completion of the program. In addition to courses listed here, student also take statistics and cognate courses from other departments.  The following descriptions of rehabilitation sciences and allied health sciences courses are organized into four categories.  All students take the core courses, which are required for student in both the orthopedic and pediatric specializations.  Next are courses that students in either specialization may take; followed by courses specific to the pediatric specialization.

Description of Courses

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Program Faculty

FAQ's

Q: Can I begin the program anytime?
A: Students typically are admitted only fall semester.

Q: When are application deadlines?
A: July 1 for fall admission

Q: Must I ever come to the OUHSC campus?
A: Students are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation in Oklahoma City the summer before entering the program in the fall. Because not all leadership and scholarship experiences can be carried out online, the program has experiences up to a week long in Oklahoma City for several classes.

Q: Can I waive taking the GRE?
A:  Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Those who have previously taken the GRE as a requirement for admission to a professional or postprofessional degree program from which they have graduated may request a GRE waiver by completing and submitting the GRE waiver request form.

Q: What GRE portions must I take?
A: Verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.

Q: What is the minimum score accepted on the GRE?
A: Most of our students have a minimum of 153 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the verbal component, 144 (500 on old scoring system) or higher on the quantitative component, and 4 or higher on the writing assessment.

Q: How is a full-time student defined?
A: Full-time students take at least 18 credit hours per year. Within the constraints of the class schedule, student may choose when to take the 18 credits. You may, for example, take 6 in the fall, 6 in the spring, and 6 in the summer. Or, you may take 9 in the fall, 3 in the spring, and 6 in the summer. It is your choice. The 18 hours also include the credit hours you must obtain outside of this University.

Q: Which credit hours must be obtained outside of OUHSC?
A: Students must have 9 graduate credits in courses in an outside area. For students receiving grant support, the courses must be in either special education or early childhood. The program also requires 6 graduate credits in statistics. Students may take these classes at a local university or on-line.

Q: How do we find on-line courses?
A: We maintain a list of approved courses offered by other universities. Please e-mail Judith Grove for the most recent list. Because universities continuously develop new courses, students often find other courses by searching the Internet. If students find a class that has not been approved, they must obtain approval by sending the syllabus or other information to their advisors.

Q: May students transfer more than 25% of credits from another university?
A: No, OUHSC allows students to transfer up to 25% of credits from another university.

Q: Do students complete the web-based lessons on their own schedule or are there interactive classroom times?
A: All courses have interactive Web-based discussions, so students progress through the courses together.  Most discussions are asynchronous, however, so students can go to the virtual classroom whenever it is convenient for them and from where ever they have Internet access.  Some classes also have one or more synchronous discussions via Skype.

Updated April 16, 2012

For more information, please call or e-mail Judith Grove or 405-271-2131 ext. 47130. 

Accreditation

The Department of Rehabilitation Science’s professional program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education and the physical therapy professional program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Neither organization nor others accredits postprofessional programs, such as the doctor of science degree program in rehabilitation sciences.  The University of Oklahoma is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on Colleges and Universities. 


About OUHSC

An internationally prominent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and new technology combine to make the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center a leader in education, research and patient care. One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges – Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies – the OU Health Sciences Center serves approximately 4,000 students in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. More information about OUHSC.