Doctor of Science in Health Science

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Doctor of Science in Health Science program

The Doctor of Science in Health Science (DSc) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is an eight-semester, limited-residency, post-professional program designed to allow practitioners and educators to continue full-time work while earning their doctoral degree through a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. The DSc program includes specialty tracks in Athletic Training, Clinical Electrophysiology, Health Promotion and Wellness, Human and Sport Performance, and Neurologic Rehabilitation.

With the combination of rigorous coursework and a student-driven dissertation, students are prepared by renowned instructors and scholars for employment in higher education, healthcare and research clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare venues.

Important Dates

Summer 2019 Start
Accepting applications through April 15, 2019
Class size: 25
Semester begins: May 6, 2019
First Onsite Date: TBD

Academic Model

Limited-Residency Program — mostly online with six onsite visits
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Doctor of Science in Health Science students collaborating onsite

Recently, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) has received various inquiries from potential students concerning the difference between the Doctor of Science (DSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree designators. To assist individuals in developing a more informative understanding of why RMUoHP awards the DSc degree, we offer the following insights from an article published in Studies in Higher Education.

Should you get a Doctor of Science or a Doctor of Philosophy?

DSc Program Concentration Courses

Students are required to select a concentration area before enrolling in the doctor of science program.
Concentration courses provide further knowledge, skill, and abilities essential to advanced clinical practice and support research areas students often pursue.

There are five concentration tracks available in the RMUoHP Doctor of Science in Health Science Program.
Details and curriculums for each concentration can be viewed by clicking concentration titles in the tabs below.

  • Athletic Training Track
  • Clinical Electrophysiology Track
  • Health Promotion & Wellness Track
  • Human & Sport Performance Track
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation Track

65 credits

Start Date

May 6, 2019

Onsite Dates


Athletic Training

The limited-residency athletic training program prepares scientific scholars and stewards of the discipline who can function as clinicians, researchers, and/or academicians. The curriculum combines a rehabilitation science core with an adult learning theory emphasis and is intended to increase the student’s abilities to utilize research theory to enhance evidence-based practices, learn advanced teaching strategies, and to prepare manuscripts for publication. Advanced therapeutic intervention courses teach students to implement sound scientific principles in the treatment of athletes and other physically-active individuals.

SFMA and FMS Certifications:

Students who successfully complete the AT 631 Motor Control Movement Analysis course will be eligible to take the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certification Exam.

Students who successfully complete the AT 652 Extensive Therapeutic Exercise course will be eligible to take the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) Certification Exam.

Students must pay for the exam, but once successfully passing the exams, students will be certified in SFMA and FMS by Functional Movement Systems.

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65 credits

Not accepting new cohorts

Clinical Electrophysiology

The limited-residency Clinical Electrophysiology program is designed to increase the student’s clinical competency and knowledge base in electrophysiology, as well as assessment and implementation of sound scientific principles in the electrophysiological evaluation of patients with multi-system disabilities.

The clinical electrophysiology program teaches students the advanced skills of electrophysiologic testing, along with anatomy, neurophysiology, pathology, and pathophysiology. The program is designed to meet the scholarly and clinical needs of the intermediate and advanced electroneuromyographer.

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65 credits

Start Date

May 6, 2019

Onsite Dates


Health Promotion & Wellness

The limited-residency Health Promotion and Wellness program is designed to provide the student with a multidimensional exploration of wellness, including the physical, psychological, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of wellness.

The program offers expanded study in the areas of behavior change theory, principles of health promotion, nutrition, population health, and ecological issues. The curriculum includes coursework in risk factors and risk reduction strategies, motivational coaching and resilience, integrative therapies, healthcare reform, and controversial topics in health promotion. The curriculum also integrates the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches national competencies, which develops graduates who can serve as instructors and professors in health and wellness coaching programs.

The program is currently seeking International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) accreditation status.

The Health Promotion and Wellness concentration curriculum covers the required competencies set by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC). The competencies are included in WE 623 Theoretical Foundations and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Promotion & Wellness, WE 710 Theories and Application in Wellness Coaching, WE 700 Theories of Behavior Change, and WE 711 Advanced Wellness Coaching. In Spring 2018, the HPW concentration will apply for accreditation so that after completing the curriculum RMU students will be eligible to sit for the examination to become a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). Health and Wellness Coaching is a rapidly growing discipline and academe will need individuals with their terminal degrees to teach in accredited health and wellness coaching programs that have advanced training. We believe our graduates will fill this need.

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65 credits

Start Date

May 6, 2019

Onsite Dates


Human & Sport Performance

The limited-residency Human & Sport Performance program is designed to increase the student’s competency of exercise science, injury prevention, health, and sport or occupational performance. Students will be trained in applied sport science, human performance evaluation, strength and conditioning methods, training program design for various populations, the use of advanced coaching theories and strategies, advanced nutrition, and the development and use of technology in various areas of sport and occupational performance.

Program faculty are highly-regarded scholars and clinicians, which allows students to learn the latest research in the field, integrate theory into professional practices to increase knowledge and refine hands-on skills, and become effective scholars and connoisseurs of research and evidence-based practices.

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65 credits

Start Date

May 6, 2019

Onsite Dates


Neurologic Rehabilitation

The limited-residency Neurologic Rehabilitation program builds upon the professional’s clinical degree and expertise, with rigorous coursework in evidence-based practice, rehabilitation systems physiology, applied neuroscience/neurophysiology, motor control and learning, clinical technology, and advanced neurologic interventions. There is currently a soaring demand for neurotherapists due to an aging American population that is more vulnerable to chronic and debilitating neurological impairments which require physical and occupational therapy services.

Courses embrace current evidence and integrating technology while focusing on advancing clinical practice and research with an emphasis on predicting movement systems diagnosis, prevention, plasticity, and participation. Students will gain the tools to further research and clinical practice and the degree required to teach in post-professional programs.

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Why Choose RMU?

“The education and experiences that I have gained during my time at RMUoHP have set me apart from my colleagues and have allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined. I will graduate from the institution and be prepared to be an emerging leader in my field and ready to promote change at the local, regional and national level.”

Jason Edsall PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS,, Director of Athletic Training Education, Marywood University, Scranton PA

“This long distance education model allowed me to continue working and not disrupt my family life as a wife and mother. The quality of the faculty is tops. Even with my board certification credentials prior to starting the program, the intensity of the core and specialty classes was challenging and rewarding. I wanted the recognition a DSc degree can afford me and RMUoHP helped me achieve it.”

Elaine Armantrout, PT, DSc, ECS, Seattle, WA

“The DSc program at RMUoHP was the perfect academic setting for me. It enabled me to pursue post-graduate work specifically in my field of interest and expertise, orthopaedics. As the wife of a military officer, I was able to move 3 times during my tenure without loss of course credit or timeline progress. Above all, the quality of the program was tops!”

Carol Brooks, PT, DSc, ACT College, Alexandria, VA

“The Doctor of Science (DSc) degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) provided a well-designed curriculum and faculty that facilitated my ability to advance my clinical competence and professional knowledge base. Furthermore, the ability to network with some of the best minds in the profession has been extremely rewarding and continues to provide me many opportunities to grow professionally.”

Robert Schulte, PT, DSc, MBA, SCS, ACSM-ES, Assistant Professor / Clinical Specialist Division of Human Performance Science / Physical Therapy University of Mary

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

The DSc is accepted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as representing an equivalent degree to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

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“Choosing to pursue doctoral education at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions was amongst the best career decisions that I have made…Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions DSc in sports physical therapy allowed me to pursue meaningful doctoral studies in my area of specialty. The model of education allowed me to keep both my teaching and clinical practice positions while enrolled in an academically vigorous doctoral program. The specialty tract and core faculty is comprised of nationally recognized leaders in clinical practice, research and education. Learning and networking with these individuals has opened many doors…Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions has helped me to move closer to my goal of becoming a master clinician and teacher.”

Joseph Gallo, PT, DSc, ATC

“I made the decision to enter the doctoral program at RMUoHP for several reasons. RMUoHP offers clinically applicable courses complimented by the academic rigor necessary to provide me with the tools and skills to teach and to perform research. While the courses are predetermined, class assignments are often customized to allow the student to explore particular areas of interest within pediatrics. In addition, recruiting the top pediatric therapists in the country to teach and provide clinical and academic mentoring was a tremendous benefit, enhancing my overall experience.”

Allison Yocum PT, DSc, PCS

“Enrollment in the Neurology DSc program has been an important personal and professional journey for me – challenging my further development as a clinician, faculty member and consultant. By far, the greatest aspect of the program is the opportunity to interact with and learn from expert clinicians who are in the forefront of current neurologic research and treatment! Second to that is the individualized nature of the program, allowing you personal feedback and project development in your own area of interest. It is very rewarding to look at my professional and personal growth of the past two years!”

Kris Legters, PT, DSc, NCS

“My experience as a Clinical Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy doctoral student was outstanding. The distance learning model coupled with the intense curriculum made accomplishing advanced education an obtainable goal for the working professional with family obligations. Academically, I sharpened my research skills, became a critical consumer of literature and significantly augmented my electromyographer skills.”

Lisa V. DePasquale, PT, DSc, ECS

“The Pediatric DSc Program at RMUoHP was exactly what I was looking for in a doctoral program. Jane Sweeney, PT, PhD, PCS was instrumental in finding some of the top pediatric instructors in the country to teach the courses. I now feel more comfortable with clinical research, evidence based practice and teaching. I have jumped to a new level of understanding in pediatrics.”

Kathleen Schlough, PT, MS, DSc, PCS

Why Apply to the Doctor of Science in Health Science Program?

Student-Centered Faculty: Our faculty members are well-known within the health sciences community and their professional disciplines. They are a diverse faculty who are experts in online and blended educational models and who are focused on the success of our students.

Prestigious Dissertation Committee: Our students work with a dissertation committee of renowned researchers from across the country. These highly-respected scholars work side-by-side with students to assist their dissertation research through various means, including Skype, Google, FaceTime, and phone.

Rigorous Coursework: The Doctor of Science in Health Science program is made up of a core of research courses, evidence-based practice, and scientific and professional writing. The coursework in each concentration field is designed to make students into well-rounded scholars, practitioners, and experts in their fields.

Blended Academic Model: At RMUoHP, you don’t have to uproot your family and move across the country to continue your education. The DSc program allows you to stay in your current location and continue working full-time while pursuing your doctoral degree from a well-respected institution.

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Doctor of Science in Health Science Faculty teaching Neuro Rehabilitation

Be a part of the future of health sciences

Do you aspire to become an independent scholar, educator, leader, and healthcare professional who can act as a patient advocate? If so, the RMUoHP Doctor of Science in Health Science program is the industry-leading educational experience you need to reach your goals.

If you are ready to take the first step toward your future, we encourage you to explore the online program information, attend a virtual information session, and talk with a program advisor who can help you decide if the RMUoHP DSc program is right for you.

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Residential Research Assistantship

The Residential Research Assistantship offers an opportunity for students interested in being mentored by a residential faculty and to reside on campus during the dissertation phase of their doctoral program. The option consists of three semesters during which the student will have the opportunity to assist with on-going research led by residential faculty in a laboratory, field or community setting. The student’s dissertation emerges from a larger faculty research project, thus fostering research that would be a catalyst for developing a line of inquiry extending beyond the completion of the dissertation.

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Doctor of Science in Health Science Faculty Research Lab Equipment
Teaching a young adult about nutrition

Learn more about the DSc program

Interested in talking with a graduate from RMUoHP’s Doctorate of Science in Health Science program? A program advisor can help connect you to current students and alumni who can help you learn what makes RMUoHP’s Health Sciences program different from other health sciences doctoral programs. Our faculty are some of the most renowned healthcare leaders and experts in the country. Earning your doctorate in health science from RMUoHP also gives you the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in your field.

Our student-centered dissertation process allows students to drive their dissertation topics, and with an extensive database of potential dissertation committee members, students receive high-quality mentoring from nationally-known experts in their fields. Students are given opportunities to prepare and publish scholarly work during the didactic phase of the program.

Graduates of the RMUoHP Doctor of Science in Health Science program go on to become successful health professionals who can conduct and disseminate ethical, evidence-based health sciences research; influence ethical and legal management of healthcare through education of providers, consumers, and society; and make significant contributions to the scientific community.

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We are committed to the development
of health sciences professionals who can:

DSc Scholarship

Conduct/Disseminate Scholarship

Research and publish evidence-based, sound, ethical, cost-effective studies in the field of health science.

DSc Research

Make Significant Scientific Contributions

Expand the current body of scientific knowledge in the discipline and make advances for the future.

DSc Education

Educate Effectively

Use expertise and best practices to teach current and future healthcare providers, consumers, and society at large about health sciences.

DSc Leadership

Demonstrate Ethical Leadership

Become competent clinicians, researchers, educators and leaders in society and the industry.


Doctor of Science in Health Science Faculty

Cherie Pettitt, EdD, EP-C, CSCS, PAPHS, CHWC

Concentration Track Director for
Health Promotion & Wellness

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