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Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 5 Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Doctoral Program

Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Doctoral Program

The University of Kentucky, in cooperation with Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University, offers a collaborative and interdisciplinary Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Doctoral Program.

For complete information, visit the Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Doctoral Program website.


To fulfill a leadership role in addressing the rehabilitation needs of individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond through research, education, and service.

The Rehabilitation and Health Sciences Doctoral Program is designed to produce academic leaders in rehabilitation sciences for the professions of occupational therapy, communication disorders, physical therapy, and athletic training. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct rehabilitation related research, teach in higher education, direct discipline-specific educational programs, work in the rehabilitation services field, and collaborate with other professions on various issues related to rehabilitation.

Occupational therapy students and faculty in the RHB doctoral program at the reunion in 2010.

Current and former occupational therapy students and faculty in the RHB doctoral program at the 10 year reunion in 2010.


Some courses are available via distance learning but the entire program may not be completed online. The curriculum is composed of:


  • A required core in rehabilitation theory, research, & evidence based practice
  • Advanced areas of specialization consistent with student’s discipline and clinical expertise
  • Research apprenticeship
  • Teaching apprenticeship
  • Dissertation


Occupational therapists applying for admission must have a minimum of master’s degree, be initially certified by NBCOT, and be eligible for licensure in occupational therapy.

Applicants must apply to both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program.

Application deadlines for admission to the program are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: admission June 1st
  • Spring Semester: admission October 1st
  • Summer: admission March 1st

See the UK Graduate School website for Graduate School application timelines.


For more information, contact:

Camille Skubik-Peplaski, PhD, OTR/L BCP FAOTA
Doctoral Liaison
103 Dizney Building
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40474
Phone: 859-622-6256

Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD, MSPT
Director of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program
University of Kentucky
Charles T. Wethington Building Rm. 210D
900 St. Limestone Avenue
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: 859-218-0592

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

521 Lancaster Avenue
Dizney 103
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-3300

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