University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey




University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 07/14/2005
Address:   Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy
School of Health Related Professions
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107-3001
Phone:   (973)972-5454
Fax:   (973)972-3717
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (973)972-4547
Financial Aid Phone:   (973)972-4376
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Alma S Merians, PT, PhD
  Accreditor:   Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, February 1980 (no longer offered) Master's degree, November 1995 ( no longer offered) DPT degree, January 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2009
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), the nation’s largest independent public health-sciences university, is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing education of health professionals and scientists. The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a full-time 3-year program that prepares students to enter the physical therapy profession. The program emphasizes the development of problem solving processes as well as foundational research knowledge to support evidence-based practice and life-long learning. This comprehensive 110 credit graduate program prepares students for leadership roles within the profession through its vibrant and supportive educational environment that attracts and nurtures the very best faculty and students. The physical therapy department has a rich tradition of academic excellence in education, research, patient care and community service. The first year of the academic program begins in August and ends in May. This didactic portion of the curriculum is followed by an 8-week full-time clinical experience. The second year begins in September and is completed in June. The third year of the program is composed of three full-time clinical rotations. The department also offers a Post-Professional DPT to experienced therapists and a PhD to qualified students.
The 3 years of professional course work include 42 weeks of practical clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings. In addition to over 300 affiliating facilities the program provides on-site experiences through University Hospital and our school-based physical therapy faculty practice.
There are 42 full-time faculty members. Eight of the 13 core-teaching faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees and four are certified as clinical specialists. Thirty of the faculty are engaged in the clinical faculty practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged five publications per year in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11
The University of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Health Related Professions has 920 students enrolled in 35 specialties. Forty-four students are accepted annually into the physical therapy program.
There are two routes of entry into this collaborative 3-year program at UMDNJ. College graduates with a bachelor's degree apply directly to UMDNJ. High school seniors and transfer students may apply to affiliating colleges and universities. Forty-four applicants are admitted each year using the following criteria: satisfactory grade point average (A-B range); satisfactory scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination; and knowledge of the field through actual work or volunteer experience. Prerequisites for admission include 3 credits in each of the following: calculus, statistics, and psychology; and 8 credits in each of the following: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and physics. Completed applications postmarked by Dec. 1 will be considered for priority admission. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space available basis.
94% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3 year average 2002-2004). For those graduates choosing to work immediately following graduation, 100% were employed following receipt of their license (NJ state law does not permit temporary licenses).
The cost per credit for the program is $370 for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Books and laboratory fees are approximately $1,500 per year. Financial aid is available through UMDNJ
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, is a young, dynamic institution of higher education dedicated to the best in health profession education, research, and service to the community and state. This academic health science center is conveniently located near northern New Jersey suburbs as well as the New York metropolitan area. Many students live in apartments in the communities.