Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences

Dept Faculty
  • GRADUATE

    • Doctorate in Physical Therapy
    • M.S. Speech Language Pathology
    • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

The Rutgers Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences currently houses our nationally ranked, entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program and the developing Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology Programs. The Doctorate of Physical Therapy is a three-year, full-time degree program that prepares students for practice in physical therapy. This long-established program – accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since 1980 – has relationships with clinical facilities throughout the United States and internationally where students can complete their clinical rotations.

We have Physical Therapy programs in two locations, Blackwood and Newark. Faculty are national and international leaders in the field of physical therapy. They are committed to offering students opportunities for scholarship, research and professional leadership. Scholarly work by faculty and students is regularly accepted for dissemination at national and international conferences, and by top journals in our faculty members’ fields of expertise.

With a 100% employment rate among graduates, Rutgers physical therapists are sought after for residency programs and clinical practice in every practice venue.

Department Chair: Alma S. Merians, PT, Ph.D.

Vice Chair: Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Rutgers is excited to announce that we are currently developing two new programs: a unique diversity-focused Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP) program and an entry-level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

Increasing diversity in the country and the world steadily has resulted in larger multiethnic patient groups in healthcare facilities. This program will emphasize service delivery for multiethnic populations, including dialectal speakers of English and bilingual/multilingual individuals, with speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders within an interdisciplinary context. With a curricular emphasis on interprofessional services for communicatively-impaired, ethnically diverse populations, our MSSLP program is expected to train students to work with both child and adult caseloads in complex multidisciplinary healthcare and education settings serving multiethnic communities. Both unilingual and multilingual students will be accepted, with an integrated curricular option to pursue bilingual certification.

It is anticipated that the MSSLP Program will open Fall 2021 in Newark on the Rutgers University Health Sciences campus  pending candidacy status by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

Founding Faculty
Valerie E. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – MSSLP Program Director
Jose G. Centeno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Bilingual Competency Training Coordinator

The Developing doctoral level occupational therapy program is designed to meet the health care needs of society now and in the future. As the complexity of health care advances, occupational therapists need to be prepared to provide consultation, care coordination, and promote advocacy. The new standards for occupational therapy professionals, as for most health care professionals, place greater emphases on leadership and advocacy, demonstration of scholarship, use of evidence for practice and the promotion of the scholarship of practice, as well as advanced practice skills.

Founding Director
Sandra L. Rogers, Ph.D., OT

 Graduate – Physical Therapy