Health and Rehab SciWestern Health Sciences

Combined Programs

The Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) gives exceptional students the opportunity to pursue a clinical master's degree in one of four areas of rehabilitation, while expanding their knowledge and research skills with a PhD in a field of study related to their clinical training.

Audiology (MClSc/PhD)

Students in this program pursue a research-based degree (PhD) in Hearing Science and earn the professional qualifications to practice as a registered Audiologist (MClSc).

Program Model and Requirements

The combined MClSc/PhD program takes fives years to finish and students complete all of the requirements of both the PhD program in Hearing Science and the MClSc program in Audiology.

Students complete most of the MClSc course requirements during the first two years of study. The PhD program requirements are integrated into the full five years, with the clinical requirements necessary to practice as an audiogist completed near the end of the program.

In completing the research components of the program, students are required to work with a research supervisor in the field of Hearing Science and should make arrangements for supervision prior to applying to the program. Students are also required to develop an original thesis that introduces new knowledge to the field and pass comprehensive examinations.

Occupational Therapy (MScOT/PhD)

Students in this program pursue a research-based degree (PhD) related to occupational therapy in one of nine fields of study and earn the professional qualifications to practice as a registered Occupational Therapist (MScOT).

Program Model and Requirements

The combined MScOT/PhD program takes fives years to finish and students complete all of the requirements of both the PhD program and the MScOT program in Occupational Therapy.

Students begin with two years of full-time study in the PhD program, followed by two years of full-time in the MScOT program. The MScOT degree is conferred degree following the fourth year of study. The PhD components of the program are completed during the fifth year.

In completing the research components of the program, students are required to work with a research supervisor in one of the nine fields of study and conduct research related to occupational therapy. Students should make arrangements for supervision prior to applying to the program. Students are also required to develop an original thesis that introduces new knowledge to the field and pass comprehensive examinations.

Physical Therapy (MPT/PhD)

Students in this program pursue a research-based degree (PhD) related to physical therapy in one of nine fields of study and earn the professional qualifications to practice as a registered Physical Therapist (MPT).

Program Model and Requirements

The combined MPT/PhD program takes fives years to finish and students complete all of the requirements of both the PhD program and the MPT program in Physical Therapy.

Students begin with two years of full-time study in the PhD program, followed by two years of full-time in the MPT program. The MPT degree is conferred degree following the fourth year of study. The PhD components of the program are completed during the fifth year.

In completing the research components of the program,students are required to work with a research supervisor in one of the nine fields of study and conduct research related to physical therapy. Students should make arrangements for supervision prior to applying to the program. Students are also required to develop an original thesis that introduces new knowledge to the field and pass comprehensive examinations.

Speech-Language Pathology (MClSc/PhD)

Students in this program pursue a research-based degree (PhD) in Speech and Language Science and earn the professional qualifications to practice as a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (MClSc).

Program Model and Requirements

The combined MClSc/PhD program takes fives years to finish and students complete all of the requirements of both the PhD program in Speech and Language Science and the MClSc program in Speech-Language Pathology.

Students complete most of the MClSc course requirements during the first two years of study. The PhD program requirements are integrated into the full five years, with the clinical requirements necessary to practice as a speech-language pathologist completed near the end of the program.

In completing the research components of the program, students are required to work with a research supervisor in the field of Speech and Language Science and should make arrangements for supervision prior to applying to the program. Students are also required to develop an original thesis that introduces new knowledge to the field and pass comprehensive examinations.