Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - The College of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma HSC
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-2131,
Fax: (405) 271-2432

Physical Therapy

Message from Program Director


Welcome to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s Program in Physical therapy.  I encourage students to  explore our website, visit our state of the art facility, and meet our students as you explore the possibilities in the profession of physical therapy.  At OUHSC, students join our interprofessional community of learners who are constantly challenged to think, to learn, to do, and to reflect about the physical therapy profession. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to grow and develop from novice learners into competent, compassionate, and ethical practitioners.

Professional Entry-Level Program

Physical therapists are dedicated to the promotion of optimal health, prevention of disability, and the restoration and maintenance of physical activities that contribute to a successful life. Physical therapy services are provided in a variety of setting, including homes, schools, one's workplace, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Physical therapists provide direct patient service, consultation, and education and physical therapists are often engaged in research. They also serve in administrative capacities, including supervising and delegating responsibilities to members of the physical therapy service. Physical therapists enter practice as generalists and may later become board-certified specialists. Physical therapists work closely with members of a patient's team. Physical therapists are also engaged in the development of new approaches of intervention that will more effectively meet existing and emerging health needs in society, including health promotion and disability prevention programs. Physical therapists are dedicated to improving the ability of individuals to function successfully regardless of the reason for disability: disease or trauma, developmental or acquired, acute in nature or chronic. They are effective working with people of any age with a wide variety of functional limitations. Physical therapists also contribute to the development of relevant health policy. This program offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Prospective Student and Admissions

Post-Professional Programs

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 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.
D.Sc. in Rehabilitation Sciences (online program)

A fully Web-based option is now available for the pediatric specialization of the program, which emphasizes 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. A grant from the U.S. Department of Education provides financial support for qualified students. Web-Based Doctor of Science Degree

Prospective Student and Admissions

Teaching, Research and Service

Faculty | Research

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association awarded accreditation for a period of 10 years (April 30, 2014 through June 30, 2023).