Physical Therapy — D.Sc. (Postprofessional)
Everett B. Lohmann III
The Doctor of Science Program is a research-oriented doctoral degree designed for the physical therapist who wishes to pursue advanced studies in the area of education, research, basic science, and advanced clinical practice. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy earned from an accredited program or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy, and an earned master's degree. Upon evaluation of transcripts, additional corequisites may be required; and sequencing of courses may be modified. There is no GRE requirement for acceptance; however, successful completion of a comprehensive written examination is required in order to advance to candidacy. A written dissertation and a defense of the dissertation are required. Upon completion of the curriculum, the diploma will be awarded by the School of Allied Health Professions in conjunction with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Students are required to have an iPad for the courses in the orthopaedic and neurology tracks, as well as for testing activities in all courses. It is highly recommended that students have access to a personal computer (minimum: 800 MHz multimedia) with Internet access (minimum: 56 k.b.p.s. [connected at 44+ k.b.p.s.]). A $60 technology fee is charged in years one and two.
Each student will be required to perform one or more research projects in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. The typical costs for student research projects range from $1,500 to $10,000. The physical therapy department will cover the first $1,500 of approved research expenses. The student and/or his/her sponsor will be required to cover any research-related expenses over this amount. When necessary, the program director and dissertation chair will assist the student in attempting to secure funding for unmet research expenses.
Student learning outcomes
In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the D.Sc. degree student is expected to meet the following program learning outcomes:
|Outcome 1||Discovery. Students will demonstrate a commitment to discovery.|
|Outcome 2||Science. Students will use basic science knowledge to advance physical therapy practice.|
|Outcome 3||Global outreach. Students will provide physical therapy care and education to the larger world population.|
|Outcome 4||Clinical excellence. Students will provide advanced patient-specific physical therapy care.|
|Outcome 5||Teaching. Students will serve as mentors and educators to ignite the flame of discovery, knowledge, and critical thinking.|
Admission is based on a selective process. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy earned from an accredited program or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in physical therapy
- an earned master's degree.
- Upon evaluation of transcripts, additional corequisites may be required; and sequencing of courses may be modified.
There is no GRE requirement for acceptance
|AHCJ 506||Educational Evaluation and Clinical Assessment||3|
|AHCJ 515||Curriculum Development in Higher Education||3|
|AHCJ 556||Administration in Higher Education||3|
|AHCJ 564||Collaborative Learning in Higher Education||3|
|AHCJ 599||Directed Teaching||3|
|AHRM 581||Research and Statistics I||3|
|AHRM 582||Research and Statistics II||3|
|AHRM 605||Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature||3|
|PTGR 511||Advanced Clinical Practice I: Orthpaedic Rehabiltation||3|
|PTGR 512||Advanced Clinical Practice II||3|
|PTGR 513||Advanced Clinical Practice III||3|
|PTGR 514||Professional Systems in Management I||3|
|PTGR 517||Movement Science: Lower Quarter Biomechanical Relationships||3|
|PTGR 523||Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation||3|
|PTGR 571||Advanced Physiology I: Neurobiology||3|
|PTGR 572||Advanced Physiology II: Exercise and Thermoregulation||3|
|PTGR 577||Pharmacology in Physical Therapy||3|
|PTGR 578||Medical Screening for Physical Therapists||3|
|PTGR 579||Clinical Imaging for Physical Therapist||3|
|PTGR 599||Comprehensive Examination||0|
|PTGR 693||Research and Statistics III: Development and Approval of Research Topic and Questions||3|
|PTGR 695||Research and Statistics V: Data Collection||3|
|PTGR 696||Research and Statistics VI: Data Analysis||3|
|PTGR 699||Research and Statistics VII - Dissertation||3|
|RELE 525||Ethics for Scientists||3|
|RELR 525||Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership||3|
|RELT 557||Theology of Human Suffering||3|
- successful completion of a comprehensive written examination is required in order to advance to candidacy.
- a written dissertation and a defense of the dissertation.
Normal time to complete the program
5 years (20 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment