Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences

Dept Faculty

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 Occupational Therapy is a three year program that is planning to admit its first class in the Fall of 2021.

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.

The Speech and Language pathology (MS) program is an innovative masters program with a multi-lingual component anticipating admitting its first class in September of 2021.

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

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

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