The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is located on the Biomedical and Health Sciences Campus in Newark, NJ within close proximity to New York City.
The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, in alignment with the mission of The Rutgers School of Health Professions, graduates entry-level physical therapists who are prepared to engage in contemporary practice as movement specialists. The faculty and students embody the core values of the physical therapy profession and are committed to evidence-informed practice, education, scholarship, and service.
The Rutgers DPT program was the first physical therapy program to be established in New Jersey and has been an accredited program since the first graduating class in 1980. Our graduation rate and National Board Exam pass rates remain well above average and many of our graduates go on to become leaders in the profession. The program is two and a half years in length and graduates earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy after successfully completing 109 credits of didactic and clinical education.
The Vision of the Rutgers Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science DPT Program is the education of entry-level physical therapists who will be leaders and collaborators in clinical practice, education, scholarship, and service. Graduates will be skilled movement specialists who use clinical and scientific evidence to achieve optimal client activities and participation to promote wellness and health equity in communities. The DPT program shall be an integral and valued component of RBHS, recognized as one of the nation's premier physical therapy academic programs.