Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Students in APU’s Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program prepare for roles as academic faculty and clinical researchers in the fields of rehabilitation and movement science.

Mission Statement

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program at Azusa Pacific University prepares graduates to practice as academic faculty and clinical researchers in the fields of rehabilitation and movement science. These graduates are guided by Christian principles and ethical values, and are critical thinkers and lifelong learners, supporting the global community and the rehabilitation and movement science profession as service-oriented practitioners. They promote excellence in patient care, are guided by a belief in human worth and dignity, and are dedicated to the optimization of human health and function.

Requirements

YEAR 1
Fall
RMS 701Foundations of Rehabilitation and Movement Science3
RMS 702Basic Biostatistics I4
RMS 702LBasic Biostatistics Lab1
RMS 714Interdisciplinary Topics Seminar I1
Spring
RMS 710Intermediate Biostatistics II4
RMS 704Research for the Rehabilitation and Movement Scientist3
RMS 710LIntermediate Biostatistics Lab1
RMS 715Interdisciplinary Topics Seminar II1
Summer
RMS 705Instrumentation and Outcome Measures3
RMS 708Literature Appraisal: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis3
YEAR 2
Fall
RMS 707Ethics in Education and Research3
RMS 703Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Theory and Methods3
RMS 716Interdisciplinary Topics Seminar III1
Spring
RMS 711Concentration Independent Inquiry I3
RMS 712Mixed Methods4
RMS 713Teaching Practicum3
RMS 717Interdisciplinary Topics Seminar IV1
Summer
RMS 718Concentration Independent Inquiry II3
RMS 706Leadership Theories Applied to Rehabilitation Education and Administration3
YEAR 3
Fall
RMS 709Grant and Scientific Writing3
RMS 719Qualifying Examination and Research Prospectus1
Spring
RMS 720Dissertation I: Introduction and Systematic Review3
Summer
RMS 721Dissertation II: Methods and Research Proposal3
RMS 749Dissertation Continuation I 11
YEAR 4
Fall
RMS 722Dissertation III: Data Collection, Results, and Analysis3
Spring
RMS 723Dissertation IV: Discussion and Research Defense3
Summer
RMS 750Dissertation Continuation II 21
Total Units64

Admission

University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Evaluate literature in rehabilitation and movement science.
  2. Disseminate research findings in appropriate venues to inform scholarship in the field.
  3. Design and implement ethical research which is innovative and methodologically sound.
  4. Provide servant leadership in their individual fields.
  5. Examine and apply theories and principles of effective pedagogy to deliver and assess student learning in their discipline.
  6. Apply principles of the Christian worldview to the science of education and research in their individual discipline.