The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Information about Physical Therapist program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey




The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/18/2006
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Jim Leeds Road
Pomona, NJ 08240
Phone:   (609)652-4638
Fax:   (609)652-4858
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (609)652-4261
Financial Aid Phone:   (609)652-1776
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Bess Kathrins, PT, MS, ABD
Professor and Director
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelors degree, April 1990 Master of Physical Therapy, October 1996 Doctor of Physical Therapy, July 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Physical Therapy Program includes a professional (entry-level) and a post-professional (transitional) doctoral degree. The program is committed to the support and enhancement of the profession through education, scholarship, and service. Upon completion of the s professional (entry-level) DPT program, students are prepared to be contemporary practitioners who can function effectively for the patient/client, community, profession, and themselves. Emphasis is placed on the study of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and other relevant functions. Additional emphasis is placed on both clinical proficiency and professionalism. Students attend classes in one of three multipurpose complexes located on-campus. While classes are in session, Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, located on Stockton’s Campus, affords students the ongoing opportunity to apply their book knowledge in a clinical setting. Patients/clients visit the classroom and students also participate in field trips throughout the school year. Stockton offers a six-semester + 2 summer course DPT program.. Many students complete their undergraduate studies during semester 1 and 2 of the Program because most of semester 1 and 2 courses may be applied to an undergraduate degree such as a BS in Biology. All students complete a baccalaureate degree by the end of semester 2.
In addition to classroom work, there are two hospitals on Stockton’s campus and~60 hours of clinical experience occur while in the classroom. There are also three different, 10-week, full-time clinical experiences. These full-time experiences take place at health care facilities located primarily in the mid-Atlantic region. There are opportunities to obtain experience in many settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation, pediatrics, school systems, industrial medicine, and sports medicine.
The program has seven full-time physical therapist faculty members and two additional full-time faculty will be joining the DPT Program. There are 4 basic science faculty and 2 adjunct instructors. The faculty are nationally renowned and highly accessible. 77% of these faculty members hold a doctoral degrees and the remainder are completing doctoral studies. Faculty also participate in clinical practice. One faculty member is Board Certified (ABPTS) in Orthopedics and another faculty member is ABPTS in Pediatrics. Additionally, to complement the faculty, there are guest lecturers including physicians, other health care professionals, and patients. There are also >100 clinical faculty members associated with the Program who work with students during the full-time clinical internships. During full-time clinical internships, students work directly with clinical faculty in physical therapy settings. Faculty routinely publish and present papers with students at state and national conferences. The faculty student ratio is 1:7.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has an enrollment of approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The physical therapy program enrolls 22 students in each class.
The PT program accepts high school, undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and Stockton applicants. The Graduate Record Examination is not required for admission. Visit the program homepage ( and Contact the Office of Enrollment Management for additional information.
Overall licensure pass rate: 100% of program graduates passed the licensure examination (3-year average). Employment rate: 100% of reporting graduates are employed within weeks of seeking employment. Graduation rate: 92%.
The DPT is a six semester plus 2 summer course program. Semesters 1-2, all students pay undergraduate tuition for the required, undergraduate-level courses (18-22 credits). In 2004-5, for New Jersey residents, the undergraduate tuition is $225.10/credit; for non-New Jersey Residents, the tuition is $324.00/credit. For the remainder of the Program, students pay a max of 15 grad cr/sem. In 2004-5, for New Jersey residents, this tuition is $9969.12/year; and for non-New Jersey residents this tuition is 13,272/year. More than 80% of the students receive some form of financial aid. Most applicants receive graduate assistantships. Internal and external graduate scholarships are also available.
Stockton College is a mid-sized, award-winning college nestled on a 1,600-acre campus in pristine southeastern New Jersey pinelands. It is just 20 minutes driving distance from Jersey Shore beaches; an hour to Philadelphia; and two hours to New York City. It is near major highways and an airport. Dormitories are available on campus. Off-campus rentals are also available. There are more than 60 clubs and organizations, including a Physical Therapy Club that supports community activities and professional student activities such as conferences. The Performing Arts Center offers a variety of cultural programs. Intercollegiate and athletic programs include track and field, cross-country, basketball, soccer, women's volleyball, men's lacrosse, and women's softball.