The admissions process of this joint program is handled through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions of Rutgers University, Camden Campus. The Rutgers application form can be obtained directly from the Rutgers website (http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu). Online application is required. Forms may be downloaded to draft them at: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/forms.shtml. Supporting documents should be sent directly to the physical therapy (PT) program.
Applicants for admission to the PT program must have earned a baccalaureate degree in any field by the time of initial matriculation, completed the Graduate Record Examination (general test only), and complied with all prerequisites for the program. Students should have a balanced liberal arts background prior to application to the program.
Applicants should provide evidence of meeting the physical therapy experience requirement and address their motivation for the pursuit of a physical therapy career in the personal statement. Applicants may be invited to interview with the program faculty if they meet the requirements for admission.
For the classes starting the program through May 2012, admissions are conducted on a rolling basis with priority given to applications that are received by November 15 for admission the following summer semester.
Beginning with students applying for admission for the class starting in May 2013: the program begins accepting applications on July 15 of each year for matriculation the following May. The deadline for admissions is October 15. All supporting documents for applications must be received by November 15.
Complete applications include the following:
1. Two official transcripts of all postsecondary college credits, including undergraduate degree and program prerequisite courses. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree prior to entering the physical therapy program.
2. Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (general test). Test scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (code 2092). Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their official scores are received by the admissions office.
3. Three letters of reference, including one from a college instructor and one from a physical therapist. Letters may be sent online. Applicants may submit reference letters in sealed envelopes with the other supporting documents.
4. A one-page, typed personal statement of the applicant's interest in physical therapy, personal characteristics, participation in community service activities, and professional goals.
5. Evidence of completion of all program prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of classes. A maximum of four prerequisite courses, including a maximum of two science prerequisite courses, may be outstanding at the time of application. A program prerequisite verification form must be submitted with the application.
6. A typed list of all physical therapy experience (volunteer or paid) including type of facility and duration of each experience. Beginning with students applying for admission for the class starting in May 2013: submit completed physical therapy experience forms for each paid or volunteer experience in physical therapy. This form can be found in the Forms Library on the graduate admissions webpage.
7. International Applicants: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores must be received directly from the Educational Testing Service. Transcripts of all courses must include English translations of course titles and conversion to the American credit system. Evidence of adequate financial resources is required for nonimmigrant students.
All of the above documentation and a completed application form must be received in order for the application to be considered complete. Only completed applications will be considered.