2019-20 Applicants

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Blackwood/South)


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Fatmata Kabia, MPA
Co-chair of Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program- South Rutgers
School of Health Professions
200 College Drive
Jefferson Hall
Blackwood NJ, 08012
(856) 566-6378
(856) 566-6458 - Fax
dptgradm@shp.rutgers.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
33
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
94%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
6%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Rutgers DPT-South 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.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program – South of Rutgers University is an entry-level physical therapy program designed to prepare health professionals who will function competently and creatively as members of a team of health professionals in a dynamic healthcare environment. The Program accepted its first MPT students in 1988 and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1990 with the graduation of our first class. The DPT Program current accreditation is effective until December 31, 2019. Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education. The DPT Program current accreditation is effective until December 31, 2019. The Program is part of the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) School of Health Professions (SHP).

Graduates of our program are employed in a variety of educational and practice settings throughout the country. Faculty members are highly qualified and represent a broad spectrum of physical therapy practice and research and scholarly interests. The faculty includes board-certified clinical specialists in the areas of hand, orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

The DPT Program facilities are located in Blackwood, New Jersey on the campus of Camden County College. We are conveniently located one-half hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one hour from the New Jersey shore. This Program is year-round and open to full-time students only. Thirty-eight weeks of full-time clinical experiences are integrated through the curriculum.

The Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy have a shared mission to graduate entry-level physical therapists who are engaged in contemporary practice, with faculty and students who embody the core values of the physical therapy profession and who are committed to humanistic principles through education, scholarship, service, and practice.

The Program's graduate degree curriculum builds upon liberal arts education and integrates the humanities, scientific theory, and clinical experiences to provide entry-level competence in patient care, management, health care programming, community education and service, and scientific inquiry.

Students are provided with early integrated clinical experiences and required to participate in community service. This allows students to integrate clinical reasoning and provide care for populations who are underserved.

The Program's three-year curriculum begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day each year. Students complete 110 credits in this full-time program.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend at least one Program meet-and-greet or information session prior to applying to the Program.
https://shp.rutgers.edu/rehabilitation-movement-sciences/doctorate-in-physical-therapy/blackwood-campus/

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

We encourage applicants to submit their application by September 2, 2019, to ensure your application is verified by PTCAS by the October 1, 2019 deadline.  The Program's requirements for a complete application are more extensive than those of PTCAS.  In order to be deemed complete by the Program's standards, applications must be submitted and ALL of the additional materials noted below must be received by October 1, 2019. Applications must be self-managed by the applicant.  Only those applications that are deemed complete and verified by the Program and PTCAS at the time of the deadline will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. 



The following are the required application materials:

* Official transcripts sent to PTCAS

* Official GRE scores sent to the program's PTCAS GRE Code 6976

* Letters of recommendation submitted via PTCAS

* Completed PT experience

* International students from non-English speaking countries are required to provide the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ,  Any foreign transcripts must include a course-by-course credential evaluation report in English.

Any application that does not include all of the required materials by October 1, 2019, deadline will be withdrawn as incomplete. 

Applicants must submit Fall 2019 coursework during the "Academic Update" period provided by PTCAS.  

Qualified applicants will be invited to interview.  Interview dates will be scheduled in the Fall term of 2019.  Additional information will be emailed to you after receipt of your application if you are selected for an interview.

Please consult program's webpage for upcoming Meet and Greet and Information Session dates https://shp.rutgers.edu/rehabilitation-movement-sciences/doctorate-in-physical-therapy/blackwood-campus/

Admitted students will begin classes on May 26, 2020.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$750.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A non-refundable $750 deposit is required in order to secure your seat in the DPT South Program class. This deposit will be credited to the tuition after enrollment.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The DPT-South 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 things like 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.

Evidence of completion with a grade of C or better in the following courses. Applicants should earn a B or better in all prerequisite courses. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission. The admissions process is competitive. The credentials of accepted applicants generally exceed the minimum requirements.

We will not accept online coursework for the lab components of the prerequisites. Applicants cannot have more than 2 incomplete (in progress) prerequisite courses at the time of application. All courses must be completed by June 1, 2019. Coursework older than 10 years old will not be accepted.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
6976
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
08/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The DPT-South 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 things like 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.

It is recommended to have GRE scores in at least the 50% percentile. We accept any combination of your highest scores. If you are significantly below the 50th percentile in any area, you should consider retaking the test. Applicants are strongly recommended to exceed the minimum scores. All official GRE scores must be released in PTCAS no later than October 1, 2019.

Applicants should submit their official GRE scores to the PTCAS GRE code 6976 for "Rutgers U South PTCAS". Your application will NOT be considered if your GRE scores are not sent to the PTCAS GRE code 6976.

The GRE test must be taken within five (5) years of the application date.

Information on taking the GRE is available online at http://www.gre.org

Observation Hours

 
The DPT-South 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. Applicants are expected to have exposure to at least two distinct areas of physical therapy practice through volunteer and/or work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These experiences should provide the applicant with the knowledge and understanding of the physical therapy profession. There is no minimum number of hours required. The most recent accepted class had an average of 150-200 hours across multiple PT practice settings.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
150-200
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants can upload supporting course descriptions or syllabi for selected prerequisite course(s) that may need further clarification.

Applicants may also upload additional letters of recommendation under "Other" for further consideration.
Supplemental Requirements
Official GRE scores sent to the program's PTCAS GRE Code 6976, 3 Letters of recommendations submitted via PTCAS, Completed PT experiences in 2 distinct areas of PT, Official transcript(s) sent to PTCAS,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The DPT-South program uses a holistic admissions process that includes the review of both academic and non-academic elements evaluate and compare the strengths of all applicants.

Each applicant is required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to evaluate his/her academic and professional qualifications.

At least one letter must be from a licensed physical therapist who can speak about the applicant's knowledge of physical therapy, motivation for pursuing PT as a career, initiative, and interpersonal and critical thinking skills.

At least one letter is required from a college professor/instructor with whom the applicant has taken course work, who is familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and can address their potential for success in graduate education.

The third letter of recommendation can be from any professional or academic source. Personal letters of recommendation do not meet the reference requirement.

We may accept reference letter packets if it meets our noted reference requirements.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not their native language. Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study. The acceptable score for TOEFL is 100 or above for the internet based (iBT) examination. The TOEFL exam must be taken on or before September 15, 2019. The official test results must be received by PTCAS by October 1, 2018. For further test information, write to TOEFL, Education Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541, U.S.A. or visit their website ( http://www.ets.org/toefl )

Nonimmigrant applicants must present evidence of adequate financial resources. The University may deny admission to nonimmigrant students for lack of English proficiency, lack of financial support, or because of improper visa status.

Transcripts of all coursework must include English translations of course titles and credit conversion to the American system. A course-by-course report is required.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
The DPT-South 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

All required science courses must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a laboratory component. Introductory courses for non-majors are not acceptable. We will not accept online coursework for the lab components of the prerequisites.

An applicant will not be considered for admission if there are more than 2 outstanding prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application. All coursework must be completed by May 2020.

Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy & Physiology I
Courses must consist of human and/ or mammalian anatomy and physiology. If the anatomy and physiology requirement is met by a sole semester of human anatomy, a sole semester of human physiology is required. If the anatomy and physiology requirement is met by Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II is required. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Exercise Physiology lecture and lab are not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years old will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Courses must consist of human and/ or mammalian anatomy and physiology. If the anatomy and physiology requirement is met by a sole semester of human anatomy, a sole semester of human physiology is required. If the anatomy and physiology requirement is met by Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II is required. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Exercise Physiology lecture and lab are not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Broad principles of cell biology, genetics, and evolution; the diversity of life and its physiology, ecology, and population dynamics. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
Biology II
Broad principles of cell biology, genetics, and evolution; the diversity of life and its physiology, ecology, and population dynamics. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Include an introduction to chemical principles and their application. Topics generally include stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, kinetics, nonmetals, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Include an introduction to chemical principles and their application. Topics generally include stoichiometry, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, solutions, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, kinetics, nonmetals, metals and coordination compounds, and nuclear chemistry. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Elementary but detailed analysis of fundamental topics: motion, gravitation, momentum, energy, electromagnetism, waves, heat, kinetic theory, quantum effects, and atomic and nuclear structures. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Elementary but detailed analysis of fundamental topics: motion, gravitation, momentum, energy, electromagnetism, waves, heat, kinetic theory, quantum effects, and atomic and nuclear structures. Must be at a science major or pre-medicine level with a lab component. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
Classes covered under social and behavioral sciences include any general or advanced psychology or sociology courses. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
Classes covered under social and behavioral sciences include any general or advanced psychology or sociology courses. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Confidence estimation, hypothesis testing, probablity, correlation and regression analyses, basis of experimental design. Can include statistics for business, biostatistics, mathemathics or psychology. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics