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The application process is handled through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  Submission of the online application is required at www.PTCAS.org. Once the application is complete, the admissions process is handled through the Graduate Admissions Office of Rutgers University, Camden Campus and the DPT Program.  Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with Program faculty as part of the admissions process.

The admissions process is competitive. The credentials of accepted applicants generally exceed the minimal requirements. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission.

For more information contact the Program directly at:

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - South
University Educational Center, Suite 2105
40 East Laurel Rd.
Stratford , NJ 08084-1353
Phone: (856) 566 – 6456
Fax: (856) 566 - 6458
E-mail: dptgradm@shrp.rutgers.edu

 

For a summary of the application process click here.

 

Admissions Requirements

  • Application

    An online application must be submitted to the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) and all supplemental and school-specific questions must be answered.

    Applicants self-manage their application in order to ensure that all materials are submitted in a timely manner. Follow all instructions provided in both the PTCAS application materials and the Program Profile.  A summary is provided at: http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/PT/south/PTCAS.htm

  • A Baccalaureate Degree

    A baccalaureate degree must be earned by the time of initial matriculation in May.  An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 is recommended.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

    The GRE test must be taken within five (5) years prior to the application date.

    Applicants should submit their official GRE scores using the Program code 6976 as instructed at the PTCAS website.  

    Information on taking the GRE is available online at http://www.gre.org

  • Prerequisite Courses

    All required science courses must be at a SCIENCE MAJOR OR PRE-MEDICINE LEVEL with a laboratory component.   Introductory courses for non-majors are not acceptable. 

    Applicants should consult the Program Profile on PTCAS for acceptable courses in each category. Click Here to view the Program Profile.

    An earned grade of B or better in each prerequisite course is recommended.

    Students can have NO MORE THAN TWO OUTSTANDING PREREQUISISTE COURSES at the time of application.  The Program will not review applications that are missing more than 2 prerequisites.

    Biological Sciences:

    Two (2) courses in biology with laboratory components at a science major or pre-medicine level is required.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology:

    Two (2) courses in human anatomy and physiology with laboratory components at a science or pre-medicine level are required. If the anatomy and physiology requirement is met by a sole semester of human anatomy, a sole semester of human physiology is required.

    Chemistry:

    Two (2) courses in chemistry with laboratory components at the science major or pre-medicine level are required.

    Physics:

    Two (2) courses in physics with laboratory components at the science major or pre-medicine level are required.

    Statistics:

    One (1) course is required.

Behavioral Sciences:

A minimum of 2 lecture courses are required. Each course should generally be equivalent to 3 semester hours of credit.

  • Advanced Placement Courses and Transfer Students

    Advanced placement courses and CLEP credits are not accepted in lieu of prerequisite course requirements.

    Transfer students are generally not accepted.

  • Physical Therapy Experience

    Evidence of exposure to at least two distinct areas of physical therapy practice through volunteer and/or work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist should be provided following PTCAS instructions.

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  • Letters of Recommendation

    Three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

    At least one letter must be from a licensed physical therapist who can speak about the applicant's knowledge of physical therapy, motivation for pursuing PT as a career, initiative, and interpersonal and critical thinking skills.

    At least one letter is required from a college professor/instructor with whom the applicant has taken course work, who is familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and can address their potential for success in graduate education.

    The third letter of recommendation can be from any professional or academic source.

    Personal letters of recommendation do not meet the reference requirement. 

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  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants  

International applicants should consult the following website for important information:  http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/information/international-students

International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not their native language. Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study.

  • Scores must be current within 2 years of applying. 
  • The minimum paper-based TOEFL score is 550. The minimum computer-based TOEFL score is 213
  • The minimum IBT-internet based TOEFL is Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 21, Listening 17.

For further test information, write to TOEFL, Education Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton , NJ 08541 , U.S.A. or visit their web site ( http://www.toefl.org )

International applicants must present evidence of adequate financial resources. The University may deny admission   for lack of English proficiency, lack of financial support, or because of improper visa status.

Transcripts of all course work must include English translations of course titles and credit conversion to the American system. A course-by-course report is required.

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the following service as part of the PTCAS application.

World Education Service Inc.
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York , New York 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

For a summary of the application process click here.

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