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Director:   Marie Koval Nardone, PT, MS, EdD



Welcome to  the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Physical Therapy Program located in South Jersey! Graduates of this program shall earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT).  The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.

The DPT Program is located in Stratford, New Jersey. It is conveniently located one half hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one hour from the New Jersey shore.

The Program accepted its first students in 1988 and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1990 with the graduation of our first class. Graduates of our program are employed in a variety of educational and practice settings throughout the country. Faculty represents a broad spectrum of physical therapy practice and includes board-certified clinical specialists in the areas of hand, orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.


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The admissions process is competitive. In the most recent admissions cycle, 35% of applicants were accepted. The matriculation rate (percentage of accepted students who enrolled in the program) was 56%.

The program requires the completion of a minimum of 110 credits over a 36-month period. Each new class begins on Tuesday after Memorial Day. Graduation occurs three years later after the completion of all Program requirements. The DPT Program faculty focuses upon the growth and development of each individual student. The average class size (30) and faculty-to-student ratios (30:1 for classes; 15:1 for labs) are small. Students participate in a number of small group activities, including visits to local clinical facilities for patient observation, examination and intervention sessions under the direction of academic and clinical faculty. Community service projects are integrated within the curriculum and provide unique learning experiences along with the opportunity to provide care to populations who are underserved. Many students present their Applied Research projects in the form of poster presentations at American Physical Therapy Conferences on both state and national levels.

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The DPT Program maintains affiliation agreements with over 300 clinical facilities throughout the country. Clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Clinical placement is based upon the students' educational needs, clinical availability, and a lottery selection. Students who enroll in the DPT Program should be prepared to assume the costs of travel and living expenses associated with their clinical affiliations.

Physical therapy education is an academically rigorous experience. The graduation rate (ratio of graduates to initially enrolled students) for the class of 2011 as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in the 2013 Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) was 89.7%.

Our program’s weighted average ultimate 3 year (2009 - 2011) pass rate on the licensure exam as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) was 96.49%.

Ninety percent (90%) of program graduates in the Class of 2012 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, Graduate School Camden and School of Health Related 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:


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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.

Representative student comments:

“I have been able to make lifelong friendships with classmates, as well as professional relationships with the staff and faculty.  The faculty genuinely cares for the students and pushes us to bring out our best.  I love it here and am extremely happy to call UMDNJ and Rutgers my home away from home”. - Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, DPT Class of 2012

"The educational topics covered range from the basics to the frontier of physical therapy, which makes this program stand out from the rest. The integration of clinical experiences within the curriculum is invaluable as we experience a deeper understanding and share our clinical experiences with fellow classmates." – Shounak Shah, DPT Class of 2012

"I have had nothing but excellent comments from my clinical instructor and other PT’s while on my clinical rotation. They have told me on numerous occasions that I am much more prepared then they would have expected a first affiliation student to be" – Lisa Szymborski, DPT Class of 2013

“The rigorous academic curriculum of the DPT Program has prepared me well for my clinical affiliation. The amount of knowledge gained over the first year alone has provided an excellent comprehensive foundation to prepare a student for any clinical setting” – Toki Tahara, DPT Class of 2013

"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




Graduates of the DPT Program practice in a variety of clinical settings within facilities  across the country.


Unique 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 begin applying what they have learned.

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.



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