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Information about Physical Therapist program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School Camden and University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey




Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School Camden and University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 12/18/2006
Address:   DPT Program
UMDNJ-SHRP and Rutgers Camden
University Educational Center, Suite 2105
40 East Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084
Phone:   (856)566-6456
Fax:   (856)566-6458
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (856)225-6104
Financial Aid Phone:   (856)225-6039
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Marie Koval Nardone, PT, EdD
Program Director
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, April 1990 DPT degree, April 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students) Doctor of Physical Therapy
This is a professional doctoral program designed to prepare health professionals who will function competently and creatively as members of a team of health professionals in a dynamic health care environment. The primary mission is to educate students to become generalist physical therapists prepared to advance towards autonomous practice and committed to humanistic principles through education, scholarship, community service and clinical practice. The program's graduate degree curriculum builds upon liberal arts education, integrates the humanities, scientific theory, and clinical experiences to provide entry-level competence in patient care, administration, health care programming, community education and service, and scientific inquiry. Students are provided with early-integrated clinical experiences and required to participate in community service. This 36-month (nine-semester) program is full-time and year-round. Students begin classes in late May and graduate 36 months later. Thirty-eight weeks of full-time clinical experiences are integrated through the curriculum. The program is intense and demanding, and it is extremely difficult to work while matriculating in the program. The program utilizes the facilities of two universities, Rutgers-Camden and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Most classes are taught at the Stratford campus of UMDNJ which is conveniently located to major highways and other transportation. There are six full-time time core faculty and numerous part-time faculty and guest lecturers. The teacher-student ratio is 26:1 for classes and 13:1 for most labs. Classes are generally between 8:00 am-5:30 pm. Unscheduled class periods are built into each semester's schedule in order to facilitate independent study. Students are provided early and frequent exposures to the clinical setting through their course work. Students participate in community service projects and are required to complete a capstone project and pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The program’s web page is:
Course-related clinical experiences begin in year one of the program. Students complete 14 weeks (2 affiliations) of full-time clinical affiliations in year two of the program. They complete 24 full-time weeks (generally, 2 affiliations) during their third year. Clinical facilities are located throughout the United States.
Program faculty represent a broad spectrum of physical therapy practice and include eight board-certified clinical specialists. There are six full-time core faculty. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:7.
This joint degree program accepts 20-26 full-time students. In general, sixty full-time students are enrolled in both classes.
Application may be made as early as summer of the previous year. Admissions are on a rolling basis. Prerequisites include 1 lecture course in each: statistics, English composition and writing; 2 lecture/lab courses in each: general biology, general chemistry, general physics, and human anatomy and physiology; 6 lecture courses in sociology, psychology, and humanities. A baccalaureate degree, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, minimum GRE scores of 500 in each general test, volunteer or work experience in at least two areas of physical therapy practice, curriculum vitae, a personal statement, prerequisites verification form, and three letters of recommendation are required. Classes begin in the last week of May each year. Applications are available on-line at
98% of the graduates pass the licensure examination (3 year average; 2002-2004). 90% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
Tuition for the 2005-06 academic year is approximately $6,605.4 per semester for in-state students and $9,8175,478 per semester for out-of-state students. Physical therapy lab fees are $1380. Rutgers' general fees of approximately $663 per semester are assessed for all students. Student on-campus housing is $3, 979 per semester. Average book costs are $6,600. Students are enrolled for a total of nine semesters. Scholarship funds for physical therapy students are limited. Financial aid in the form of loans and work-study assistance is available to qualified students. All students are encouraged to seek independent funding sources for graduate study. For information about financial assistance, contact the Rutgers Financial Aid Office at 856/225-6039.
The PT Program is located on the Stratford campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where it shares space with other programs of the School of Health Related Professions, the School of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Public Health. This location combines a suburban lifestyle with easy accessibility to Philadelphia’s cultural experiences and the recreational activities of the Jersey shore. The Stratford campus is conveniently located with many suburban housing options available. On-campus housing is available on the Rutgers-Camden campus for interested students.