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  • Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc)


    The online Doctor of Health Science online degree in Rehabilitation Sciences is an advanced doctoral degree to prepare physical therapists and occupational therapists to take leadership roles as educators and master clinicians in Rehabilitation Sciences. The Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences provides a foundation for rehabilitation science research, focused study in a student’s specialized area of clinical practice, and competency in healthcare education.

    The program is a comprehensive preparation for academia and clinical leadership, specifically designed to accommodate working professionals by offering online learning supplemented with onsite sessions.

    Fall Orientation will take place August 28-29, 2016, on-site in Philadelphia, PA.

    Program Features

    • Flexible, individualized program aligned with your professional goals
    • Practicum course options in Advanced Clinical Practice, Teaching, Research, Administration, and Leadership
    • Focus on evidence-based practice, professional responsibility, and lifelong learning
    • Areas of concentration are available in Pediatrics and Orthopedics
    • Small online class sizes with the same world-class faculty as our on-campus programs

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Serve effectively as educators in rehabilitation sciences in the academic, clinical, and community settings
    • Act as master clinicians in an area of advanced practice
    • Synthesize theory, research, and healthcare policy
    • Serve effectively as consultants to patients, clients, community organizations, and professional colleagues
    • Develop and evaluate structure, tests and measures, process, and practice outcomes

    Research Areas

    At the forefront of research, our faculty will support your efforts to advance knowledge and make an impact. Your area of interest must specifically match a DHSc faculty mentor.

    • Activity and Participation of Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy
    • Biomechanical Mechanisms of Lower Extremity Injury, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation in Active Adults
    • Biomechanics of Running
    • Core Control in Athletes
    • Developmental Trajectories of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    • Health Promotion, Fitness and Physical Activity
    • Mechanical Low Back Pain
    • Osteoporosis, Bone Health, and Falls Prevention
    • School-Based Physical Therapy Services
    • Shoulder Dysfunction
      • Clinical Outcomes for Elbow or Wrist Tendinopathies and Peripheral Nerve Injuries

    What Our Students Say

    Drexel University online students, Kara Kobal and Debbie Schwind, share their story via an infographic outlining 10 Reasons to Check Out Drexel's Online DHSc in Rehabilitation Sciences Program.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Foundation Courses 
    NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions2.0
    NHP 766Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness2.0
    NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues2.0
    RSCH 758Application of Evidence to Practice2.0
    Teaching Courses 
    NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
    NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
    NHP 824Teaching Practicum I1.0
    NHP 825Teaching Practicum II2.0
    Research Courses 
    NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
    RSCH 759Foundations of Biostatistics3.0
    or RSCH 519 Introduction to Biostatistics
    RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
    RSCH 770Foundations in research Methods3.0
    Clinical Specialization Courses12.0
    PA 810Clinical Applications of Geriatric Physiology 
    PA 811Geriatrics I 
    PA 812Geriatrics II 
    PTRS 740 Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation 
    PTRS 760 Pediatric Decision Making 
    PTRS 761 Pediatric Clinical Application 
    PTRS 765 Spinal Rehabilitation 
    PTRS 766 Extremity Rehabilitation 
    PTRS 768 Upper Quarter Joint Pathology 
    PTRS 769 Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter 
    PTRS 770 Diseases That Affect the Hand 
    PTRS 772 Selected Topics in Pediatrics 
    PTRS 780 Foundations of School-based Practice 
    PTRS 781 Advanced Competencies in School-based Practice 
    Practicum Experience3.0
    NHP 819 Advanced Clinical Practicum 
    NHP 826Teaching Practicum III 
    NHP 832Leadership Practicum 
    PA 819Geriatrics Clinical Practicum 
    RSCH 823Research Practicum  
    Clinical Dissertation Courses** 
    NHP 818Clinical Question Development1.0
    NHP 827Clinical Dissertation Research I1.0
    NHP 828Clinical Dissertation Research II1.0
    NHP 829Clinical Dissertation Research III1.0
    Total Credits48.0

    *Electives may be selected from courses and practica (including independent study) within and outside the program to support your plan of study.

    You must successfully complete comprehensive examination prior to enrolling in the Clinical Dissertation series

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A master's or clinical doctoral professional degree in physical therapy or a related field such as MPT, MSPT, MOT, DPT, or OTD
    • Minimal overall GPA of 3.0
    • A current, active US or Canadian professional license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • GRE scores, current or expired
      • If you're unable to attain a copy of your expired scores, you may request a waiver and your file will be evaluated on your GPA and the rigor of your professional degree program
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors, or mentors
    • Personal statement describing current leadership, teaching and research activities and how they have prepared you for the DHSc program, your scholarship/research interests within the program, and include your future career plans.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Copy of current, active US or Canadian professional license
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $886 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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