Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including six semester credit hours for dissertation.
25 semester credit hours, including 3 semester credit hours of practicum.
All doctoral candidates are required to complete two research tools.
Tool 2: Computer Science
A minimum of 12 to 23 semester credit hours based on individual student needs, consisting of concentration area courses, individual studies, field research, supervised teaching, seminars, and/or practica.
It is expected that students complete two semesters of residency, defined as a minimum load of six semester credit hours for each of the two semesters.
A comprehensive examination will be developed and administered by the student’s advisory committee in the year following completion of research tools and the majority of core courses. The examination is composed of the following two parts individualized for each student: 1) a written component in the student’s area of research interests and 2) an oral examination taken within one month after notification that the written examination has been passed. The examination committee will provide a consensus pass/fail grade for each student for each examination. The student’s advisory committee will participate in the oral examination, and the questions may deal with the areas of research specialization, research design, and statistics. A student will be allowed two attempts to pass each of the examinations. The second attempt may not be made sooner than three months after the first attempt. A student not able to pass an examination in two attempts will not be allowed to continue in the program. See the School of Physical Therapy Post-Professional PT Student Handbook.
Oral examination is open to all faculty and the public, followed by a closed session with the committee. The oral examination will be initially limited to the content of the dissertation, but may include any topic suggested by the candidate’s answer. May be repeated only once.
Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy Program of Study (60 semester credit hours)
|Required for Tool 1|
|PT 6043||Statistical Methods I for the Health Care Professional (Pending THECB approval)||3|
|PT 6243||Statistical Methods II for the Health Care Professional||3|
|Required for Tool 2|
|Select the following courses or equivalent:|
|PT 6213||Computer Applications in Physical Therapy Research||3|
|PT 6083||Advanced Instrumentation in Physical Therapy (or 3 semester credit hour qualitative research methods course)||3|
|PT 6533||Academic Issues in Physical Therapist Education||3|
|PT 6523||Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6193||Psychometric Properties of Rehabilitatio||3|
|PT 6023||Research for Clinical Scientists in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6103||Advanced Practicum in Physical Therapy (May be completed in E/L program - not waived)||3|
|PT 6191||Applied Statistical Methods for the Health Care Professional||1|
|PT 6503||Introduction to Grantsmanship in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6983||Dissertation (I)||3|
|PT 6993||Dissertation (II)||3|
|Electives to complete needed semester credit hours||23|