B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy

(with FDU’s Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health in partnership with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Health Related Professions [UMDNJ-SHRP])

This physical therapy program is a collaborative program between Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Health Related Professions (UMDNJSHRP).

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a B.S. in biology from FDU and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree from UMDNJ. This program offers an outstanding opportunity for talented and motivated students with a strong career interest to fast-track their careers. Students who wish to become physical therapists are provided with a state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be at the forefront of the physical therapy profession.

Students in the entry-level component of the program spend their first years at FDU, completing 97 credits of required courses (38 credits of University and Core requirements and 59 credits of major requirements). Students must formally apply for acceptance into the professional component at the UMDNJ-SHRP Physical Therapy Program.

Once accepted to the professional component, students complete their fourth year of undergraduate study at UMDNJSHRP. Upon completion of 38 credits at UMDNJ-SHRP, Fairleigh Dickinson University will award the B.S. in biology degree.

After earning the B.S. degree, students are required to successfully complete an additional 72 credits in the D.P.T. program at UMDNJ, upon which UMDNJ-SHRP will award the D.P.T. degree.
Admission Requirements for the D.P.T. Program of UMDNJ-SHRP
  • Completion of all the University and Core requirements at FDU while maintaining an overall grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00;
  • A minimum grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.00 in all required science and mathematics courses;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the physical therapy profession through actual work or volunteer experience;
  • Evidence of community service;
  • Formal application to the UMDNJSHRP Physical Therapy Program for the professional component of the program;
  • Satisfactory scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Three letters of recommendation; and
  • Basic computer literacy, including file management, use of word processing and spreadsheet programs and use of e-mail and Internet.
Undergraduate Sequence
1st Semester (16 credits)

BIOL1251/BIOL1253     General Biology I
CHEM1201     General Chemistry I
CHEM1203     General Chemistry I Lab
MATH1107      Pre Calculus
ENWR1101     Academic Writing
FRSH1000      Freshman Seminar

2nd Semester (15 credits)

BIOL1252/BIOL1254     General Biology II
CHEM1202     General Chemistry II
CHEM1204     General Chemistry II Lab
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
MATH1201      Calculus I

3rd Semester (18 credits)

BIOL1103/BIOL1113     Anatomy & Physiology I
CHEM2261     Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2263     Organic Chemistry I Lab
CORE3004     Global Issues
CSCI1105       Computer & Computer Software
SPCH1155     Public Speaking

4th Semester (15 credits)

BIOL1104/BIOL1114     Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM2262     Organic Chemistry II
CHEM2264     Organic Chemistry II Lab
CORE1001      Perspectives on the Individual
PSYC1101      General Psychology

5th Semester (16 credits)

CORE2003     Cross Cultural Perspective
ENGL2201      Masterpieces of World Lit. I
MEDT1130      Bioethics
PHYS2101      General Physics I
PHYS2201      General Physics I Lab
PSYC2201      Statistics

6th Semester  (17 credits)

BIOL2125/BIOL2126     Microbiology for Health Sciences
CORE2002     The American Experience
MEDT4420     Health Care Management
NURS3208     Health Care Economics
PHYS2102      General Physics II
PHYS2202      Physics II Lab

UMDNJ-SHRP DPT in Physical Therapy Courses - Year I
Summer mini Semester (August) (14 credits)

Gross Anatomy

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Pathophysiology I
Professional Development
Examination and Measurement
Examination and Intervention
Clinical Inquiry I

Spring Semester (18 credits)

Pathophysiology II
Therapeutic Exercise
Physical Agents
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
Clinical Inquiry II