Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark/North Campus) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - Newark Campus
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - Newark Campus Stanley S Bergen Bldg, Room 720 Newark NJ 07107 United States
Phone+1 973.972.9484
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Program Description

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has programs on six main academic campuses. Rutgers provides comprehensive health services through Rutgers Health, its core teaching hospitals, and its affiliation with health care facilities throughout the state. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program North (DPT-North) is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science of the School of Health Professions, on the Newark Campus, in the division of Biomedical and Health Sciences of Rutgers University.  In addition to Physical Therapy, our department is home to a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, and a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology Program.

Our DPT-North program uses a holistic admissions process that includes the review of both academic and non-academic elements to evaluate and compare the strengths of all applicants. Academic elements include college course grades and standardized test (i.e. Graduate Record Exam) scores. The non-academic elements are gleaned from the application and should demonstrate your commitment to humanistic principles that are the core values of the Physical Therapy profession such as education, scholarship, and service.

Our DPT-North program specializes in doctoral-level education for individuals wishing to become physical therapists. The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science has a rich tradition of academic excellence in education, research, patient care and community service. Our Program is a full-time, three year, 110 credit program. Students in our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program receive a state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be in the forefront of the physical therapy profession. 

Our program participates in the School of Health Professions Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (PhD) by providing a Movement Science tract. The Movement Science tract is based on a mentoring model of graduate education, with emphasis on independent/directed study and research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. 

A dual degree DPT-PhD is being offered as a collaborative effort between DPT-North and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) PhD Programs. It allows for accelerated standing in the full-time PhD Program through equivalence recognition of coursework completed in the DPT Program. The purpose of this dual degree program is to prepare clinician-scientists who will pursue research-oriented careers in academia, industry, or clinical-research facilities. Admission to this dual program is highly competitive and applicants will need to meet acceptance requirements of both the DPT and GSBS programs. Applicants admitted to the dual degree program will receive assistance with tuition and a stipend.

Our physical therapy faculty possess outstanding qualifications and attributes that, coupled with an exceptional curriculum, account for the excellence of these programs. Our entire faculty has research or clinical doctorates and many are clinical specialists. Members of our faculty have served at the state and national level in numerous capacities: as state delegates, committee chairs, district officers, State Board President, national officers, and in many other professional roles. All of our faculty members are involved in research, either in our labs, or other labs in the area. Our program facilities include a premiere health-sciences library, three fully equipped research labs that are directed by physical therapy faculty and engaged in research related to physical therapy practice, as well as a state of the art gait lab.  We also have interactive classroom facilities, and computer laboratories. 

The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science serves the community through its faculty practice which provides occupational and physical therapy to the school children in Newark and Paterson. The mission of the faculty practice is to provide the highest quality physical and occupational therapy services to students with special needs to achieve maximum function and participation in educational environments, and to improve each client's quality of life with an ultimate goal of community integration. 

Our Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic is student run and provides pro bono services to the University and Newark communities. Our Department also participates in the University's association with Special Olympics and many other community service activities. 

Rutgers is located in University Heights near other universities and is close to the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Prudential Center, with easy access to New York City.

*The Rutgers DPT-North Program strives to recruit a qualified student population that reflects the diversity in our region and society. We are committed to an open and inclusive environment that is welcoming to underrepresented minority groups with the overarching goal of contributing to a Physical Therapy workforce built on the strengths of our diversity.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
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DPT/PhD In Biomedical Sciences (Optional)
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Admission Interviews
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Additional information about interviews

We will have 2-3 interview sessions that begin in October/November. IF you are selected for an interview, an invitation will be emailed to you. Interviews are required for our program, and if you choose not to attend the interview session, your application will no longer be considered for our entering class.

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