As a DPT student, you have the opportunity to maximize your time on campus by also applying some of your course credits toward a Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. This exciting and cutting-edge dual degree was created for students with an interest in physical therapy research.
Earn a Ph.D. alongside your DPT
Key advantages of pursuing a dual degree
The Ph.D. portion of the dual degree is fully funded with a stipend, health insurance, and project funds. Completing it alongside the DPT program saves you both time and money.
- Individual training with a rehabilitation scientist.
- Mentorship with research and teaching faculty.
- Opportunities for national and international presentations.
Gain hands-on experience
- Integrated clinicals.
- Dedicated clinic time available during Ph.D.
- Develop teaching skills during your Ph.D. by being a laboratory assistant in your area of expertise.
Teaching and research assistantships
A limited number of teaching assistantships are available, and research assistantships are available depending on grant funding. Assistantships include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and stipend. Research assistantships are required for Ph.D. students.
My favorite thing about the IU DPT/Ph.D. program is the value placed upon all facets of being a faculty member in a DPT program. I am developing research, teaching skills, and knowledge, while also being able to practice clinically. These are important skills to enable my dream of becoming a research-focused faculty member in a DPT program.Ashley Troutman, DPT/Ph.D. student