2019-20 Applicants

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark/North Campus)


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Contact Information more...

Denise Raney
Secretary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - SHP
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
65 Bergen Street, SSB 720
Newark NJ, 07107
(973) 972-9484
raneyde@shp.rutgers.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
07/29/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD In Biomedical Sciences (Optional)
Social networking
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
65
Anticipated size of next entering class
65
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has programs on six main academic campuses. Rutgers provides comprehensive health services through its core teaching hospital, Rutgers Health, and its affiliation with health care facilities throughout the state. The 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.

The 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 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.

The 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. The 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.

The 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 the DPT-North and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) PhD Programs. It will allow 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.

The physical therapy faculty possess outstanding qualifications and attributes that, coupled with an exceptional curriculum, account for the excellence of these programs. The entire faculty has research or clinical doctorates and many are clinical specialists. Members of the 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 the faculty members are involved in research, in our labs or in other labs in the area. The 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. We also have interactive classroom facilities, and two 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. We currently have contracts with school districts in the northern New Jersey area.

The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic is student run and provides pro bono services to the University and Newark communities. The 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.

*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.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Other
Important dates

For those applicants who submit their entire application to PTCAS before September 1, 2019, you MAY be considered for an earlier admissions decision.  Approximately 10-15% of our matriculated incoming class is accepted via an earlier admissions decision.  Applications MUST include all required transcripts, letters of recommendation, official GRE scores, and TOEFL (if applicable for international students).  If your application is considered for an earlier admissions decision, you will be invited for the earliest interview date  (approximately mid-October).

Applications that are not verified and released to us (via PTCAS) by December 1, 2019, will not be considered for the 2019-2020 cycle.


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
All deposits are non-refundable, including an additional fee for a criminal background check.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
We will have 2-3 interview sessions that begin in October. IF you are selected for an in-person interview, and 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.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
3.50
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.30
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
To be competitive, the Admissions Committee STRONGLY recommends that candidates exceed these minimums.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7636
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
154
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
1. The admissions committee STRONGLY recommends that candidates exceed these minimums.

2. All Official GRE scores MUST be released to us from PTCAS no later than October 1, 2019.

3. Your application will NOT be considered if your GRE scores were not sent to our program code 7636

Observation Hours

 
- No minimum number of hours are required, however you need to be there long enough for the Physical Therapist to feel comfortable in writing a strong recommendation letter. The Admissions Committee uses a guideline of AT LEAST 100 hours with each physical therapist. No verification form is required.

- You must have observation hours in a variety of settings (i.e. geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, long term care, rehab, etc...).
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
300
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
A minimum of 300 hours
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?
No
Legend
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
Three (3) recommendation letters are required. Two (2) from physical therapists (not PTA's) that you volunteered or worked with from 2 DIFFERENT facilities, and one (1) from anyone other than a friend, family member, or neighbor. Your application will NOT be considered if:

1. ALL recommendation letters are not received by October 1, 2019.
2. The PT letter writer did NOT observe you in the clinic.
3. The PT letter writer is a personal friend or family member.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
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 WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
The minimum 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 no later than October 1, 2019.

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
1. We will not accept online coursework for the lab components of the prerequisites.

2. Coursework in progress is permitted during the 2019-2020 academic cycle. All coursework must be completed by June 2020.

3. Applicants cannot have more than 4 incomplete (in progress) prerequisite courses at the time of application. At least 2 of the 4 allowable incomplete courses must be taken during the Fall semester. All courses must be completed by June 1.

4. Math is no longer a prerequisite for our program.
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 not accepted. If your school offers separate courses, please identify Anatomy as fulfilling A&P I and Physiology as fulfilling A&P II. 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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
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 not accepted. If your school offers separate courses, please identify Anatomy as fulfilling A&P I and Physiology as fulfilling A&P II. 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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Calculus and Non-Calculus based courses are accepted. 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
Calculus and Non-Calculus based courses are accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Social/Behavioral Science
Please select a course (with the highest grade) from the following subjects: Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, or Sociology. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
Please select a course (with the highest grade) from the following subjects: Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, or Sociology. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics