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About the Department's Newark Campus Programs

The Department of Rehabilitation & Movement Sciences at Rutgers SHP offers three distinct levels of education in physical therapy.

Accredited since 1980, the department specializes in doctoral-level education for individuals wishing to become physical therapists. 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 Movement Science Track of PhD in Health Sciences uses an apprentorship model to prepare professionals for leadership positions in research and academia. The physical therapy faculty possess outstanding qualifications and attributes that, coupled with an exceptional curriculum, account for the excellence of our programs.


Faculty research spans multiple and diverse domains and methodologies.

Research is performed in three department laboratories (Human Performance, Movement Neuroscience and Rivers Labs) on site as well as in several clinics and other laboratories off-site.


The Program's facilities include newly renovated classroom facilities, two computer laboratories and three fully equipped research labs (The Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences [RIVERS] Lab, an exercise physiology lab and the Laboratory of Movement Neuroscience). University facilities also include a premiere health sciences library.

Community Outreach

The Rutgers SHP Physical Therapy program serves the community through its faculty practice which provides occupational and physical therapy to the school children in Newark and Paterson, as well as through its participation in the University’s association with Special Olympics.

Faculty Practice

The Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science has maintained a faculty practice since 1996. Newark Therapy Services (NTS), is the faculty practice extension of the Newark DPT Program. NTS serves the community by providing the highest quality physical and occupational therapy services to students with special needs in the surrounding urban and suburban school districts.

Special Olympics 

The Rutgers SHP Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy has supported Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) since 1999 by participating in "Wellness Park", a designated area of the Summer Games where athletes can receive a wide range of services from professional health care providers. In 2000, a screening tool for physical therapists, called "FunFitness" was developed by APTA and Special Olympics, and piloted at the SONJ Summer Games. The FunFitness tool screens for flexibility, balance and functional strength. Associate Professor Ellen Z. Anderson, PT,MA,GCS is the co-coordinator of FunFitness and each year over 30 faculty and students volunteer at the SONJ summer games to screen athletes using the FunFitness tool. Professor Anderson has also collaborated with SONJ to develop “Young Athletes” a program for children with intellectual disabilities, ages 2-1/2 - 7 that encourages sport skills development. Since its inception in 2005, Young Athletes has been adopted in communities world-wide.


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