Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) Program

D.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) program prepares occupational therapists and physical therapists to be effective, responsible, and reflective members of interprofessional teams in their areas of specialization and to be innovative leaders in practice. The program includes the following two specializations: pediatric and orthopedic. The pediatric specialization emphasizes early intervention, school-based practice, and assistive technology. The orthopedic specialization emphasizes general adult orthopedics and rehabilitation. This program is available in a web-based format that utilizes distance education. Some courses include an on-campus component.

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  • Applicants must identify and contact a Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty member who agrees to become the advisor if the applicant is admitted to the program. Applicants should review the profiles of the faculty listed below to discern who have similar academic and research interests.

  • Applicants must be graduates of accredited professional (entry-level) programs in occupational therapy or physical therapy.

  • Two (2) full-time years of professional experience as an occupational therapist or physical therapist are required.

  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours is required. Please note that, in calculating GPA, all semesters in which the last 60 hours fall will be counted in the GPA. The admissions committee will also consider grades in individual courses that it considers to be important for success in the program. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness or reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in GPA calculations.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. 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) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

  • A one-page career goal statement which includes a description of how the applicant expects the program to assist in meeting career goals is required. The admissions committee will consider the quality of the statement, the compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with those of the program, and the availability of faculty with expertise in the applicant’s area(s) of interest. The career goals statement must include a description of the area(s) of specialization in which the applicant is interested.

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

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - General Test. The GRE score must be from within the last 5 years to be accepted without restriction. Older scores (up to 10 years) will be accepted with a waiver if the applicant subsequently completed a professional or post-professional degree that required GRE scores for admission. The GRE Waiver Form should be submitted directly to the department. All other applicants not meeting the above criteria are required to take a new GRE. Highly preferred scores are a 153 or higher verbal component, a 144 or higher quantitative component, and a 4.0 or higher writing assessment. All scores can be submitted through the ETS system to the OUHSC institution code 6902.

  • If English is a second language, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) within two years prior to application. Click here to review additional information regarding the TOEFL and TOEFL waiver;

  • Submit a completed on-line application by June 1 for fall admission.

Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Please review the Graduate Program tuition and fees link above. From the Graduate Programs chart, our students in the DSc program pay the hourly Resident Tuition, or Non-Resident Tuition, if applicable; the following Mandatory Institutional Fees: Academic Records Fee, Connectivity Fee, Library Fee, and the Registration Fee; and the following College Fees: Doctor of Science (DSc) Professional Program Fee

Student Financial Aid

The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) program requires core courses and courses in the specialization and cognate (related) areas. Students also complete a doctoral thesis, planned and implemented with faculty guidance. The number of credits required in each area varies depending on a student’s highest degree. Information about degree requirements.

Distance Education Complaint Process

It is the intention of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to comply with all Federal and State regulations related to distance education.   Federal distance education requirements and a detailed description of the complaint process are found at .    

The complaint process for program issues begins at the college level.  The contact for the College of Allied Health is Susan Tucker, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at (405)271-6588;  If complaints cannot be resolved at the college level, you may file a complaint with Dr. Valerie Williams, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at 405.271.5557 or

University Service Issues:

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
Phone: (405) 271-2131
Email for more information.

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588