The Ph.D. program is designed to develop future physical therapy educators and researchers with program emphasis on cultivating a deeper understanding of the scientific basis for clinical practice. Working closely with a faculty mentor in the student’s area of clinical interest, the School of Physical Therapy offers individualized programs for the physical therapist looking to earn a Ph.D. in specialized areas of physical therapy practice.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Create, develop, and teach courses in entry-level physical therapy education programs using evidence-based educational practices.
- Participate effectively as a faculty member in higher education.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree or 50 semester credit hours beyond the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree, including six semester credit hours for dissertation.
|Required for Tool 1|
|PT 6043||Statistical Methods I for the Health Care Professional||3|
|PT 6243||Statistical Methods II for the Health Care Professional||3|
|PT 6191||Applied Statistical Methods for the Health Care Professional||1|
|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 such as OT 6643 or NURS 6523)||3|
|PT 6533||Academic Issues in Physical Therapist Education||3|
|PT 6523||Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6193||Psychometric Properties of Rehabilitation||3|
|PT 6023||Research for Clinical Scientists in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6103||Advanced Practicum in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6503||Introduction to Grantsmanship in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 6971||Integration of Theory & Research in Physical Therapy||1|
|PT 6983||Dissertation (I)||3|
|PT 6993||Dissertation (II)||3|
|Electives to complete needed semester credit hours||22|
25 semester credit hours of core courses, including 3 semester credit hours of practicum.
All doctoral candidates are required to complete two research tools.
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 either examination in two attempts will not be allowed to continue in the program. See the School of Physical Therapy Post-Professional PT Student Handbook.
The 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.