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Join a distinctive, cutting-edge and accelerated Ph.D. program designed for clinicians with a post-baccalaureate degree. The doctoral program builds upon your clinical degree and expertise with rigorous training in translational research with a unique emphasis in rehabilitation disciplines, including pathokinesiology, neuroscience, motor control, exercise physiology and sports medicine. You will conduct original research and graduate with a specific area of expertise as well as a core of interdisciplinary knowledge in rehabilitation science. You’ll leave Marquette prepared to impact the rapidly emerging field of rehabilitation health science as a researcher, faculty scholar or advanced clinician.

Marquette’s Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science (CTRH) program is based in the College of Health Sciences’ highly competitive Department of Physical Therapy, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the more than 200 accredited physical therapy programs nationwide. It is also part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is one of only a few CTSI programs in the country specifically geared toward physical therapy and rehabilitation science. It is suited for practicing physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and nurses with post-baccalaureate degrees.

The Program

Immerse yourself in a curriculum that consists of:

Movement disorders cross age, gender and all ethnic boundaries and include populations with multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer survivors, pediatric obesity, cardiovascular diseases and chronic pain syndromes.

Students gain extensive research experience in the Exercise, Rehabilitation and Movement Disorders Research Center housed within the Exercise Science Program and Department of Physical Therapy. Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound and acute and chronic exercise training to explore mechanisms of dysfunction and develop theories for restoring function in people with movement disorders.

Weekly seminars expose students to contemporary research and clinical problems in rehabilitation research. Marquette’s participation in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin also expands opportunities for academic, medical and clinical research within Milwaukee.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Ph.D. program will be able to:


Train and interact with nationally recognized leaders in research who provide individual attention and training. Embrace a translational research model and interdisciplinary approach to complex medical and rehabilitation health issues. Your doctoral committee will provide interdisciplinary and multi-institutional expertise.

Research assistantships within the CTRH program are available to a limited number of doctoral candidates. Assistantships include a full tuition scholarship, stipend for living expenses, and medical insurance.

Application Information

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. Admission is on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Students must apply online through Marquette’s Graduate School. The application fee is $50.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Lukaszewicz, assistant director of graduate studies, at (414) 288-3382 or kathleen.lukaszewicz@marquette.edu.



Contact Marquette's Physical Therapy Program

Email the department
Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 346
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7161
Fax: (414) 288-5987