Physical Therapy — D.Sc. (Postprofessional)

Program director
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.

Technology requirement

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.

Research funding

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 1Discovery. Students will demonstrate a commitment to discovery.
Outcome 2Science. Students will use basic science knowledge to advance physical therapy practice.
Outcome 3Global outreach. Students will provide physical therapy care and education to the larger world population.
Outcome 4Clinical excellence. Students will provide advanced patient-specific physical therapy care.
Outcome 5Teaching. 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

Required
AHCJ 506Educational Evaluation and Clinical Assessment3
AHCJ 515Curriculum Development in Higher Education3
AHCJ 556Administration in Higher Education3
AHCJ 564Collaborative Learning in Higher Education3
AHCJ 599Directed Teaching3
AHRM 581Research and Statistics I3
AHRM 582Research and Statistics II3
AHRM 605Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature3
PTGR 511Advanced Clinical Practice I: Orthpaedic Rehabiltation3
PTGR 512Advanced Clinical Practice II3
PTGR 513Advanced Clinical Practice III3
PTGR 514Professional Systems in Management I3
PTGR 517Movement Science: Lower Quarter Biomechanical Relationships3
PTGR 523Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation3
PTGR 571Advanced Physiology I: Neurobiology3
PTGR 572Advanced Physiology II: Exercise and Thermoregulation3
PTGR 577Pharmacology in Physical Therapy3
PTGR 578Medical Screening for Physical Therapists3
PTGR 579Clinical Imaging for Physical Therapist3
PTGR 599Comprehensive Examination0
PTGR 693Research and Statistics III: Development and Approval of Research Topic and Questions3
PTGR 695Research and Statistics V: Data Collection3
PTGR 696Research and Statistics VI: Data Analysis3
PTGR 699Research and Statistics VII - Dissertation3
RELE 525Ethics for Scientists3
RELR 525Health Care and the Dynamics of Christian Leadership3
RELT 557Theology of Human Suffering3
____ ___Elective6
Total Units84

Other requirements

  • 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