Admission to Candidacy
The student is admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree in Pathokinesiology when the following requirements have been successfully completed. These are not necessarily listed in order of completion:
1. Course Work: Completion of all courses listed on the program of study and approved by the advisory committee with a grade of A or B (B or higher).
2. Annual Review: Each student will submit an annual report (similar to that prepared by academic faculty) documenting achievements from the previous year. The student's academic advisor will present this report for discussion with the advisory committee at the Spring review of graduate student progress.
The advisory committee will review the progress of doctoral students each year. Students will be informed of the evaluation of progress in writing by the specialization coordinator, and a copy of the letter will be placed in the students’ graduate file in the Graduate Adviser's office. Three types of recommendations are made:
a) the student may continue in his/her program;
b) the student will be placed on probationary status; or
c) the student will be terminated.
If a student is placed on probation, the procedure for being removed from probation will be specified in the evaluation letter. When necessary, termination from the doctoral program may be recommended by the advisory committee. Termination is subject to approval by the Dean of the Graduate School. The Chair of the HPER Department will confer with the student if the recommendation includes termination of a teaching assistantship or fellowship. 6
3. Portfolio Review: The student must prepare a portfolio of their accomplishments for review by the advisory committee. Included in the portfolio will be each of the products and internships listed above. When all the coursework on the program of study has been completed, the student will present a portfolio to the advisory committee at a meeting. The portfolio will be defended orally, with special attention to the way the body of work relates to the existing work in the relevant field(s) of study. This oral defense may be considered the culminating experience of the doctoral work program which is the last step leading to candidacy. Please note the portfolio must be completed and approved prior to the approval of a dissertation proposal.
4. Preliminary Exam: Students will complete a preliminary exam which is conducted after approximately one year of full time study (or the equivalent) and provide a focus for students to attain foundational skills in research design and critique, and disciplinary knowledge. This three part exam is completed across a three day period. Components of the exam are:
a) Foundations of Pathokinesiology. Specific questions focus on key foundational knowledge of Pathokinesiology.
b) Design of Research. The student outlines the research design of a research project on a given topic relevant to kinesiology.
c) Critique of Research. The student critiques a manuscript within Pathokinesiology.
Each of the three sections (a, b, and c) of the preliminary exam will be graded separately as pass or fail. The exam will be graded by the student’s advisory committee and if a student fails any section on his/her first attempt, they may petition the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Committee to retake failed sections. No more than two attempts to pass the preliminary exam will be allowed.