University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as a comprehensive academic health center, aims to educate students at the professional, graduate, and undergraduate levels to become highly qualified health services practitioners, educators, and research scientists; to conduct research and creative activities for the advancement of knowledge through teaching and development of skills; and to provide continuing education, public service, and clinical care of exemplary quality. OU Health Science Center colleges include allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.
Our Department is on the move! We are the only department in the country to offer integrated curricula for our Master Degree of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) students, which prepares them to become leaders in the changing and challenging health care environment of the 21st Century. Learning experiences are routinely complimented with evidence and experience our faculty contribute from their research, clinical practice, and involvement in community health initiatives. Our students learn early the skills and strategies required for being a successful member of a health care team.
Our Department is advancing our professions! Occupational therapy and physical therapy clinicians are studying in our Doctor of Science (DSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. The pediatric specialization of the DSc program is primarily online and the orthopedic specialization has several online courses. The program is designed for students seeking advanced education in evidence-based practice and new theories in teaching and administration. Their culminating academic responsibilities are in their scholarly work and leadership practicum. The PhD faculty mentor students in rehabilitation research topics critical for today’s practice with an eye towards technological and basic sciences advances that also impact on rehabilitation.
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)