The Physical Therapy Program is a collaborative program between Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and the Rutgers University School of Health Professions (Rutgers-SHP). 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.

Admission requirements

  • High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test is required and completion of ESL courses, if necessary.
  • Earn a minimum of 550 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the DPT program.
  • Completion of any necessary developmental courses as determined by the University’s Basic Skill Test.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for all transfer students.

Admission to Rutgers-SHP

  • Complete all general education requirements maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0;
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required science and math courses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical therapy profession through actual work and/or volunteer experience;
  • Demonstrate evidence of community service;
  • Formally apply to the Rutgers-SHP Physical Therapy Program for the professional component of the program; (admission to the program cannot be guaranteed by FDU)
  • Satisfactory score on all three sections (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical) of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
  • Submit three letters of recommendation; and
  • Have basic computer literacy, including file management, use of work processing and spreadsheet programs, use of email and the internet

Degree Plan

NOTE: All students are required to complete the General Education Requirements of their campus in fulfillment of their Bachelor degree requirements. [Florham Campus students are required to take SPCH 1107 Fundamentals of Speech and  PHIL1440 Bio-Medical Ethics as part of their general education requirements]

Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 3 and 4

Semesters 5 and 6

Cognate Requirements

Semesters 1 and 2

Semesters 3 and 4

Semesters 5 and 6



Course Descriptions