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The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is to advance the health of humankind by excellence in education, discovering new knowledge, and developing leaders in healthcare and science. The PhD program supports this mission through training of future professors and researchers in rehabilitation science. The program emphasizes, through coursework and participation in research, the development of an individual’s expertise as a researcher in Rehabilitation Science.
The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is located within the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa with the PhD administratively coordinated through the Graduate College. Our program awards a PhD in Physical Rehabilitation Science. Requirements for admission to the program would include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related undergraduate field including but not limited to: physical therapy, occupational therapy, engineering, biology, chemistry. Other requirements include Grade Point averages of at least a 3.0, a GRE score of at least 1100 (verbal and quantitative), and three letters of reference. Graduate assistantship support is available and graduate assistants are eligible for in-state tuition and fees. At the time of application, the student is required to identify an area of interest for alignment with a faculty adviser in this area of interest.
Faculty advisers who are currently accepting PhD students:
For more information or questions about the Ph.D. program contact the Director of Ph.D. Studies, Dr. Richard Shields.
For additional information about The University of Iowa, you may also visit the UI General Catalog.