- Our Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report; the Newark and Blackwood programs also claimed the #1 and #2 spots respectively for the best PT schools in the Tristate area
- Students assist faculty in research performed in four department laboratories, as well as in clinics and labs offsite
- The DPT program supports organizations such as Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ), with faculty and student volunteers screening athletes for flexibility, balance and functional strength at the annual SONJ Summer Games
- Service learning opportunities include volunteering for a pro-bono, student-run clinic in Newark, and screening of migrant workers and children in Blackwood
- The program in Newark also serves the community by providing physical and occupational therapy services to students with special needs in the surrounding urban and suburban school districts
- Our three-year average pass rate on the licensure exam is 99.75%
- 100% of Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates are employed within six months of licensure
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in the School of Health Professions, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 2231.
The program has been continuously accredited since its inception. It was recently re-accredited with a commendation, through Dec. 31, 2029.
Questions regarding the Doctorate in 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.
Contact information for CAPTE:
CAPTE considers complaints about programs that are accredited, and complaints about CAPTE itself.http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/
Employment of Physical Therapists is projected to grow 28 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|DPT Outcomes Data
||Total Percentage of Students who took the NPTE licensure exam and passed
||Employment Rate within six months of licensure*
|Three Year Average
*Those seeking employment
*Those seeking employment
“Each professor possesses a depth of experience and knowledge in their respective field and is committed to facilitating student growth” – Mark Kimmel, Class of 2017.
“The versatile and rigorous curriculum builds a solid academic and clinical foundation that prepares students for success in clinical rotations” – Anthony Ng Class of 2016
Our DPT program is a full-time, three-year, day program. The program on the Newark campus begins in August; the Blackwood campus program begins in May. October 1 is the application deadline.
The following are routes of entry into each program:
Blackwood and Newark
- Students with a bachelor’s degree in any major.
- A 4+3 program with the Exercise Science Program at Rutgers New Brunswick.
- A 3+3 program offered in affiliation with several state and private colleges/universities partners in the NJ/NY area.
Transfer students are generally not accepted.
Applicants are selected using the following criteria:
- Competitive grade point average (A-B range)
- Official GRE Score should be competitive on all three sections (verbal, quantitative and analytical). Note: scores are submitted via PTCAS.org. Newark Program code: 7636; Blackwood Program Code 6976. The GRE test must be taken within five (5) years prior to the application date.
- Knowledge of the physical therapy profession demonstrated by employment or volunteer experience. There is no minimum number of required hours, but the experience needs to be long enough to obtain a favorable Physical Therapist recommendation.
- Recommendations from three sources: (Newark) two from physical therapists and one from an employer, educational or professional acquaintance. (Blackwood) at least one letter must be from a licensed physical therapist, one letter is required from a college professor/instructor with whom the applicant has taken coursework, and the third letter of recommendation can be from any professional or academic source. Personal letters of recommendation do not meet the reference requirement.
- Evidence of community service and/or leadership.
- A personal interview is required if selected for the next phase of the admissions process.
Applicants applying to either the Newark Campus program or the Blackwood Campus program must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Admission (PTCAS).
PTCAS Entry-Level DPT Application http://www.ptcas.org/home.aspx
Tips for successful completion of the online application
- Have a hard copy of your academic transcript in front of you when filling out the academic page of the application.
- References must be transmitted electronically. Be sure to have the correct email address of the person you are requesting a reference from. Once you submit your application, an email and an electronic reference form will be sent immediately to the reference.
- After submitting the PTCAS on-line application, the applicant must follow-up with PTCAS to confirm that all supporting paperwork has been received.
- Official GRE scores and volunteer/work experiences should be completed prior to October 1 (Newark Program code: 7636; Blackwood Program Code 6976).
Student Immunization, Insurance, and Health Requirements
Students are required to meet all University insurance, health, and immunization requirements prior to beginning the program and throughout the period of enrollment. Immunization requirements can be found here.
For more information on the Newark Campus DPT please contact:
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Rutgers SHP, SSB, Room 720
65 Bergen Street, PO Box 1709
Newark, NJ 07107-1709
For more information on the Blackwood Campus DPT please contact:
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Rutgers School of Health Professions
Camden County College
200 College Drive-Jefferson Hall
Blackwood, NJ 08012
*The Rutgers SHP physical therapy program does not discriminate in admissions or access to its programs and activities on the basis of race/color, national origin, ethnicity, religion/creed, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status
Our 110-credit DPT programs provide the entry level student with the didactic and clinical knowledge to be a safe, highly effective practitioner. Students learn to be good consumers of literature, to support evidence -based practice and gain a comprehensive knowledge of health care policy.
Clinical education is essential to the development of the physical therapy student. Clinical experiences provide the student with the opportunity to integrate academic course work with practical experiences in the clinical setting. The clinical experience is where students practice the art and science of physical therapy.
There are four full-time clinical experiences scheduled throughout the curriculum. To attain a well-rounded experience, students affiliate at a variety of practice settings which include acute-care hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, private practices, rehabilitation hospitals, home health care, and school-based practices. The program affiliates with over 400 clinical facilities throughout the country, representing the breadth of Physical Therapy practice.
Newark program curriculum
Blackwood program curriculum