2013-14 Applicants

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


UMDNJ became Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey on 7/1/2013.

Only applicants to the Rutgers DPT program on the NEWARK Campus can currently apply through PTCAS.  



(If you are applying to the Rutgers DPT program located on the STRATFORD Campus, you must apply directly to their program and not through PTCAS.)


The University is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Contact Information more...

Kathy London
Program Assistant
Rutgers University - SHRP
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
65 Bergen Street, SSB 720
Newark NJ, 07101
(973) 972-4547
Kathy.london@rutgers.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/01/2014
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD In Biomedical Sciences (Optional)
Social networking
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
55
Anticipated size of next entering class
55

Program Description more...

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – now Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has programs on six main academic campuses. Rutgers provides comprehensive health services through its core teaching hospital and its affiliation with health care facilities throughout the state. The Physical Therapy program is housed in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science of the School of Health Related Professions, in the division of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The Physical Therapy Program of Rutgers University 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 (DPT) 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 Related 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 advisor.

A new dual degree DPT-PhD is being offered as a collaborative effort between the Newark Campus DPT 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 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 offices, and many others. 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 (The Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences [RIVERS] Lab, and The Exercise Physiology Lab), new 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 five school districts in the northern New Jersey area. Our 41 clinicians have clinical faculty appointments at Rutgers and are licensed by the State of New Jersey.

The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic provides pro bono services to the University and Newark Communities. The Department also participates in the University's association with Special Olympics.

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 University is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/1/2013
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
We have scheduled two interview days, Thursday, January 2nd & Friday, January 3rd, 2014.  Additional information will be emailed to you (after receipt of your application) if you are selected for an interview.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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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
To be competitive,the Admissions Committee strongly recommends a GPA of AT LEAST 3.0 in both Overall and Program prerequisites.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7636
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2013
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
147
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
147
 
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
To be competitive with the applicant pool, the admissions committee recommends that you score at least 400 in Verbal, 500 in Quantitative, and a 3.5 Analytical score on the GRE Exam taken prior to August 1, 2011. For those applicants who took, or are taking, the Revised General Test (any time after August 1, 2011), the admissions committee strongly recommends scoring at least 147 in Verbal Reasoning, 147 in Quantitative Reasoning, and a 3.5 in Analytical Writing. All GRE scores must be received by PTCAS no later than November 1, 2013.

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.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2013
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Dual DPT-PhD Applicants only (Does not apply to Entry Level DPT Applicants who do not wish to be considered for this dual degree):

1. If you are applying to the Dual-Degree DPT-PhD Program, then you must submit a research interest statement and notify the DPT-PhD Program Coordinator, Dr. Eugene Tunik (tunikeu@umdnj.edu) as soon as possible of your interest in this program. When notifying Dr. Tunik, please attach your research statement and resume to the email.

2. In the custom question section of the PTCAS application, please detail any past research experiences, areas of research interest, how these areas match with ongoing research interests of UMDNJ faculty in the SHRP Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and/or GSBS PhD program. Also detail the career goals you intend to pursue after completing the DPT-PhD Degree. Please be specific and succinct. (This statement is in addition to the essay questions required of the basic DPT application).
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-10-01
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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
Three (3) recommendation letters are required. Two (2) from physical therapists you volunteered or worked for from 2 different facilities, and one (1) from anyone other than a family member. Your application will not be considered if you do not supply at least 2 (of the required 3 recommendations) from physical therapists.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Canadian citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
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 institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Acceptable scores for TOEFL are as follows: 550 and above for the paper based test and 90 or above for the internet based (iBT) examination.

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
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
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
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
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
  • A&P: Mammalian
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Math
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Geometry
  • Mathematics: Pre-Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics