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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

D.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Description

The post-professional Doctor of Science degree program in Rehabilitation Sciences is designed for students with a professional (entry-level) degree in occupational therapy or physical therapy. The program 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 be 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.

The DSc program has two areas of specialization: orthopedics and pediatrics. The orthopedic specialization, with an emphasis on general adult orthopedics or sports medicine and rehabilitation, is available in a blended classroom and web-based format.

The pediatric specialization has an emphasis on early intervention, school-based practice, and assistive technology, and is available in a primarily web-based format. For additional information about the pediatric specialization, including availability of scholarships, visit the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities website at www.ah.ouhsc.edu/tolbert/webbased.asp.

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