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Rutgers SHP - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - Blackwood


2018-2019 Admission Cycle, application information and deadlines

  • Applications must be submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at

  • The application cycle opens on July 5, 2018 in PTCAS.

  • It is recommeneded that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by August 1, 2018.

  • PTCAS applications must be complete by October 1, 2018.

  • We encourage applicants to submit their application through PTCAS by September 3, 2018 to ensure that your application is completed and verified by the October 1st deadline.


Welcome to the Rutgers University Physical Therapy Program located in South Jersey! The Program is sponsored by RBHS School of Health Professions.  The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program’s curriculum is designed to provide a student's  first degree in physical therapy and prepare health professionals who will function competently and creatively as members of an  interdisciplinary team of professionals in a dynamic health care environment.  The program is full-time and requires the completion of a minimum of 110 credits over a 36-month period.  Classes begin on the Tuesday after Memorial Day each year. 

The Program's primary mission is to educate students to become generalist physical therapists engaged in contemporary practice with faculty and students committed to humanistic principles through education, scholarship, service and practice.  The curriculum builds upon a 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.

The DPT Program facilities are located in Blackwood, New Jersey on the campus of Camden County College.  The Neuroscience course meets on the Rutgers - Camden Campus. The Anatomy course meets on the Rowan- SOM Stratford Campus.  The campus is conveniently located one half hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one hour from the New Jersey shore.

The admissions process is competitive. In the most recent admissions cycle, 18% of applicants were accepted. The matriculation rate (percentage of accepted students who enrolled in the program) was 44%.

Electronic applications must be complete and submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) by October 2, 2017.   Eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Those applicants who submit a complete application through PTCAS by September 1, 2017, MAY be considered for an earlier admissions decision.  For instructions on how to apply to the program click here.

Thirty eight weeks of clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Clinical placement is based upon the students' educational needs and clinical availability. The DPT Program maintains affiliation agreements with over 600 clinical facilities throughout the country.  Students who enroll in the DPT Program should be prepared to commute up to 1.5 hours for local clinical experiences and to assume the costs of travel and living expenses associated with their clinical affiliations.

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Program Outcomes              

DPT Program faculty members focus upon the growth and development of each individual student and represent a broad spectrum of physical therapy practice.  The faculty includes board-certified clinical specialists in the areas of hand, orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric, geriatric, and cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. The average class size (32) and faculty-to-student ratios (1:32 for classes; 1:16 for labs) are small.

Physical therapy education is an academically rigorous experience. It is extremely difficult to maintain employment while matriculating in the Program. The graduation rate (ratio of graduates to initially enrolled students) for the Class of 2014 as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in the 2016 Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) was 90%.

Our program’s weighted average ultimate 2 year (2015-2016) pass rate on the licensure exam as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) was 100% (downloaded from on 2-20-2017).

Graduates of our program are employed in a variety of educational and practice settings throughout the country. One hundred percent (100%) of program graduates of the Class of 2016 who sought employment within six months of passing the licensure exam have found employment as a physical therapist.


Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – South  at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Health Professions  is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Questions regarding the physical therapy program’s accreditation should be directed to the Program Director, Dr. Nancy Kirsch, or to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The process for an individual to file a complaint with CAPTE for any accredited physical therapy education program is available on the CAPTE website.

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The Students

Students in the DPT Program are graduates of a variety of undergraduate programs from across the nation and come from diverse backgrounds.

Learning Opportunities

Students engage actively in the learning process through a variety of teaching strategies. Students are provided with early and frequent exposures to the clinical setting through their coursework allowing them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life experiences.

Students have the unique opportunity to participate in a community service project in which they screen migrant workers and their children for musculoskeletal dysfunction and developmental delays.

Representative student and graduate comments:

“The high quality education that I received from the DPT-South Program at Rutgers has provided me with a solid entry-level foundation that has facilitated my success in the clinic!” – Sarah McAndrew, PT, DPT  Class of 2015.


"I had a great experience during my first clinical rotation and I credit that to the small class size, academic basis and interactive curriculum that is offered here. This program gave me an exceptional foundation of knowledge necessary for treating patients in any setting." - Nicole Ooms, Class of 2015


"The versatile and rigorous curriculum builds a solid academic and clinical foundation that prepares students for clinical rotations. Not only has the Program prepared me for clinical success, it has also enhanced my personal growth as an aspiring health care provider." - Anthony Ng, Class of 2016


"The Rutgers-DPT South Program teaches us to seek out and evaluate resources from the most current research literature. The courses incorporate available evidence to justify patient treatments that prepares us to practice evidence-based physical therapy." - Brian Simek, Class of 2016


“The Rutgers Doctor of Physical Therapy – South program has provided a great educational experience.  The professors truly care about the students and create an environment that fosters learning.  Their creativity in teaching difficult concepts and their availability for mentoring is truly appreciated!” Ray Lamb, Class of 2016.


“The content of this curriculum is current, and of a high quality.  Each professor possesses a depth of experience and knowledge in their respective field and is committed to facilitating student growth into the next generation of healthcare professionals.” - Mark Krimmel, Class of 2017




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