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Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) Program

D.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Lynn Jeffries

Welcome to the Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc) program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Our program is designed for professionals seeking advanced education in teaching, service, leadership, and research. Specifically, our mission is to prepare occupational therapists and physical therapists to be effective, responsible, and reflective members of interprofessional teams in their areas of specialization (pediatrics or orthopedics), and to be innovative leaders in practice.

As an academic health center, OUHSC comprises two campuses, the Schusterman Center in Tulsa and the OUHSC in  Oklahoma City, affording our faculty and students unique interprofessional learning, leadership, and research experiences. The DSc program is implemented using distance education technology and a web-based learning platform, allowing students across the country to engage in these learning opportunities.

Please browse through our program website , and those of our Department of Rehabilitation Sciences , and our College of Allied Health

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of our program, I want to thank you for your interest in our DSc Program. We look forward to working with you!

Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Rehabilitation Sciences
Program Director, Doctor of Science Program

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 currently focuses on pediatric services with an emphasis on leadership in early intervention and school-based practice. This program is available using distance education technology and a web-based learning platform. Only one trip to campus is required.

New Funding Opportunity

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism are pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.2+ million training grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs with (original PI, Beth DeGrace, and Co-PIs, Sandra Arnold, PT, PhD and Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD), current PI, Dr. Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS. The project will train. The project will train a total of 54 occupational therapy and physical therapy students at both the professional entry and graduate level in translating research to best practice using a wrap around mentor the mentee model that also involves community practitioner partners.  The focus of this innovative, interprofessional grant is to improve services for children with disabilities receiving special education and related services in the school setting, with an emphasis on individualizing interventions to maximize academic achievement, friendships and a sense of belonging; areas known to be related to health and quality of life.

For more information, please see our flier, EBIP Project page, or contact the PI, Dr. Lynn Jeffries.

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

  • 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 online application by April 1 for summer 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

Funding may be available via a newly awarded U.S. Department of Education grant beginning in Summer 2019. For more information, please contact the PI, Dr. Lynn Jeffries.

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 Mark Britton, PharmD, MDiv, FASHP, Associate Dean for Academic 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
College of Allied Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall Avenue, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK  73117-1215

Wade Hensley
Assistant Program Director
Phone:  (405) 271- 2131
Email Wade Hensley
Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Phone:  (405) 271-6588
Email the Office of Academic and Student Affairs

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