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Neuromotor Science (PhD)

The PhD provides a research focused degree meant to prepare graduates for research positions or teaching/research positions in academic settings, clinical research settings, or industry. The program is designed for graduates from physical therapy, kinesiology, occupational therapy, engineering, rehabilitation science, exercise science, and related fields. The program combines faculty from the departments of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology.

The program requires 45 total credits of study beyond the undergraduate degree, or an additional 30 credits beyond the MS in Neuromotor Science. The program will require 4-7 year full-time study post baccalaureate degree, or an additional 2-3 years full-time study after completion of the MS in Neuromotor Science degree. The PhD in Neuromotor Science requires a written/oral comprehensive exam and a dissertation. Fulltime study is expected for PhD students. View Curriculum.

The study of human movement, both as an outcome of health and functioning as well as a means to understand the mechanisms underlying neuromotor system integration and behavior, is foundational to many health professions. The skills needed to be successful in fields of related study require fluency across disciplines of kinesiology, rehabilitation, engineering and neuroscience and cannot be fully addressed in undergraduate or professional entry level degree programs. There is a need for rigorously trained scientists with interdisciplinary training in neuromechanics, neurobiology and biomechanics of the sensorimotor system, and the impact of health conditions, disease and disability on human movement. 

*This program is not subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org;  website: http://www.capteonline.org