To Our Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Program is currently closed for admissions.

The mission of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences degree program is to prepare faculty researchers who will contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research and education in an emerging 21st century health care environment. Graduates of the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and productivity related to research, education, and service delivery through interprofessional collaborations designed to generate and extend knowledge that is focused, evidence-based, and clinically-relevant.

The following program highlights set our program apart from others:

  • Unique interprofessional, campus-wide, and research-based doctoral program
  • Extramurally-funded faculty researchers
  • Directly aligned with Human Functional Performance Laboratory and the state-funded Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research
  • 3 distinct areas of concentration relevant to current health priorities in the rehabilitation sciences: chronic disease, neuromusculoskeletal disability, and Veterans’ Health/Reintegration

Additionally, the School of Physical Therapy has state of the art research facilities in which to conduct research. Our research facilities include 6,000 square feet of dedicated research space in the Human Functional Performance Laboratory, with equipment including the BodPod, Biodex computerized dynamometer, MedX cervical and lumbar testing equipment, and Protokinetics Zeno walkway system.

The Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research conducts research for the prevention and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in order to reduce their burden within society. Read more about the CNMSR's mission and accomplishments here.

In addition, the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences faculty collaborate with other researchers from a wide range of disciplines across the USF campus, and conducts practice- and community-based research throughout the Tampa Bay region.

Thank you for your interest. For more information regarding the PhD program in rehabilitation sciences, please e-mail To apply, please go to

John M. Mayer, DC, PhD
PhD Program Coordinator

Rebecca M. Miro, PhD, MBA, CRA
Graduate Studies Coordinator