The basic program requirements for a PhD degree in rehabilitation science include the following:
Successful completion of a minimum 51 credit hours of course work. The requirements include at least 21 credit hours of core courses, 8 credit hours of research tools courses, 12 credit hours of doctoral dissertation research, and 6 credit hours of cognate elective courses.
Demonstration of skills necessary for conducting original research investigation by passing the qualifying examination, which usually takes place after a majority of the core and research tools course work has been completed.
Demonstration of competence in the core areas of study by successfully completing the comprehensive examination.
Satisfactory completion of a dissertation based on an original research work.