The DPT Program is located in Stratford, New Jersey. It is conveniently located one half hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one hour from the New Jersey shore.
The Program accepted its first students in 1988 and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1990 with the graduation of our first class. Graduates of our program are employed in a variety of educational and practice settings throughout the country. Faculty represents a broad spectrum of physical therapy practice and includes board-certified clinical specialists in the areas of hand, orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
The admissions process is competitive. In the most recent admissions cycle, 35% of applicants were accepted. The matriculation rate (percentage of accepted students who enrolled in the program) was 56%.
The program requires the completion of a minimum of 110 credits over a 36-month period. Each new class begins on Tuesday after Memorial Day. Graduation occurs three years later after the completion of all Program requirements. The DPT Program faculty focuses upon the growth and development of each individual student. The average class size (30) and faculty-to-student ratios (30:1 for classes; 15:1 for labs) are small. Students participate in a number of small group activities, including visits to local clinical facilities for patient observation, examination and intervention sessions under the direction of academic and clinical faculty. Community service projects are integrated within the curriculum and provide unique learning experiences along with the opportunity to provide care to populations who are underserved. Many students present their Applied Research projects in the form of poster presentations at American Physical Therapy Conferences on both state and national levels.
The DPT Program maintains affiliation agreements with over 300 clinical facilities throughout the country. Clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Clinical placement is based upon the students' educational needs, clinical availability, and a lottery selection. Students who enroll in the DPT Program should be prepared to assume the costs of travel and living expenses associated with their clinical affiliations.
Physical therapy education is an academically rigorous experience. The graduation rate (ratio of graduates to initially enrolled students) for the class of 2011 as reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in the 2013 Annual Accreditation Report (AAR) was 89.7%.
Our program’s weighted average ultimate 3 year (2009 - 2011) pass rate on the licensure exam as reported by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) was 96.49%.
Ninety percent (90%) of program graduates in the Class of 2012 who sought employment within six months of passing the licensure exam have found employment as a physical therapist.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – South at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School Camden and School of Health Related Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;