Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)


The Physical Therapy Program is a collaborative program between  Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and the Rutgers University-School of Health Related Professions (Rutgers-SHRP). The program specializes in doctoral-level education for individuals wishing to become physical therapists. Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program receive state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be in the forefront of the physical therapy profession.

Physical Therapy means the examination, treatment and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and limit physical disability, movement, dysfunction, bodily malfunction, and pain from injury, disease and other bodily and mental conditions, and includes the administration, interpretation, and evaluation of tests and measurements. It includes the planning, administration, evaluation, and modification of treatment and instruction, including the use of physical measures, activities, and devices for the preventative and therapeutic purposes: and the provision of consultative, educational and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, movement, dysfunction, bodily malfunction and pain. Physical therapists continue to be in demand throughout the United States. Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of health care settings and geographic locations.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students are prepared to enter the physical therapy profession as a clinician of practicing in an autonomous and ethical manner. The graduate will have skills in differential diagnosis as well as in advanced clinical and management practices. They will be able to understand and apply research presented in various formats to clinical decision making and practice and will be expected to lead the profession in the changes needed for effective practice in the 21st century.

Admission Requirements for FDU DPT Program
  1. High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED)
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test is required and completion of ESL courses, if necessary.
  3. Earn a minimum of 550 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the DPT program.
  4. Completion of any necessary developmental courses as determined by the University's Basic Skill Test.
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for all transfer students.
Admission Requirements to UMDNJ-SHRP
All physical therapy students must:
  1. Complete all General Education & Core Requirements (97 cr.)  maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0;
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required science and math courses.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical therapy profession through actual work or volunteer experience;
  4. Demonstrate evidence of community service;
  5. Formally apply to the Rutgers-SHRP Physical Therapy Program for the professional component of the program; (admission to the program cannot be guaranteed by FDU)
  6. Satisfactory score on all three sections (Verbal, Quantitative and Aanalytical) of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation; and
  8. Have basic computer literacy, including file management, use of work processing and spreadsheet programs, use of email and the internet.
For additional information, please contact
Prof. Marilyn R. Rubin
Associate Director of Allied Health
Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
Voice: (201) 692-2847
Email: rubin@fdu.edu