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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL APPLICATIONS FOR THE DPT PROGRAM MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTRALIZED APPLICATION SERVICE (PTCAS).

NEW APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION TO THE CLASS BEGINING MAY 2015.

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. 

Applicants to the DPT Program must have earned a baccalaureate degree in any field by the time of initial matriculation and complied with all requirements specified below. 

An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and competitive GRE scores – (500 on the old test or 152 on the new test or better in each section of the general test) is recommended for application to the program.    Applicants should earn a B or better in all prerequisite courses. Applicants should provide evidence of meeting the PT experience requirement and address their motivation for applying to the DPT Program.  Qualified applicants may 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

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For a summary of the application process click here.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should self-manage their application in order to insure that all materials are submitted.

 

  • All applicants must have an earned baccalaureate degree by the time of initial matriculation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Applicants should submit their official GRE scores as instructed through PTCAS.

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

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

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  • 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.

Students who have more than 2 outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application must postpone applying to the Program until these courses are completed. 

Biological Sciences:

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

Examples of biology courses which are acceptable include: general biology I & II, cell biology, comparative anatomy, physiology, embryology, genetics, histology, microbiology, pharmacology, vertebrate zoology. Examples of courses not acceptable include botany and invertebrate zoology. 

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.

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Chemistry:

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

Examples of courses that are acceptable include: general chemistry I & II, biochemistry, organic or inorganic chemistry, pharmacology.

Introductory courses in chemistry for non-majors are not acceptable.

Physics:

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

Courses must include concepts of mechanics, sound, light, heat, and electricity.

Introductory courses in physics and physics for non-majors are not acceptable.

Statistics:

One (1) course is required.

Course should be taken in mathematics, behavioral science or education departments.

Contents should include descriptive statistics, probability estimation and tests of hypotheses.

A course that includes computer statistical analysis is recommended.

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Behavioral Sciences:

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

Examples of courses include general psychology, sociology, abnormal psychology, human growth and development, child psychology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, organizational behavior, sociology of the child, adolescent, or family, urban sociology.

 

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  • Advanced Placement Courses and Transfer Students

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

We do not waive any of the prerequisite courses or DPT Program courses.

The program does not generally accept transfer students.  

 

  • Physical Therapy Experience

Applicants are expected to have 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.

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  • Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation with their application materials as part of the application process.

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications.

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 who is familiar with the applicant's academic achievements and can address their potential for success in graduate education.

Personal letters of recommendation do not meet the reference requirement. 

 

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  • Foreign Applications

Foreign 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. A minimal score of  575 on the written examination, 233 on the computer-based examination, or 90 - 91 on the internet version is required. 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 )

Nonimmigrant applicants must present evidence of adequate financial resources. The University may deny admission to nonimmigrant students 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 complete instructions and information on the application process click here.

 

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