Physical Therapy

School of Graduate and Continuing Studies

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Physical therapy (PHTH) is a health care profession devoted to optimum health and function. Physical therapy improves and maintains an individual's ability to move and assists in the prevention of movement disorders. Physical therapists work directly with patients and clients of all ages. They conduct evaluations to identify and then resolve problems and potential problems. Typical problems addressed by physical therapists include impaired movement, pain, and compromised ability to carry out daily activities. Physical therapists may choose to work in a variety of settings including private practice, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes, industry, private home therapy, school systems, and athletic programs.

About Our Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is located in the School of Health Sciences and the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Stockton University. The Program values excellence in teaching, continuous learning, adapting to change, scholarship, and service.

The DPT Program includes a professional (entry-level) and a post-professional (transitional) doctoral degree. The Program is committed to the support and enhancement of the profession through education, scholarship, and service. The mission of the DPT Program is preparation of students for contemporary physical therapy practice who will function effectively for the patient/client, community, profession and themselves. Students are prepared to strive for optimal patient/client health by using their foundation of knowledge and ethics to restore mobility and reduce and prevent motor dysfunction in patients/clients of all age groups. They are able to function in a variety of current (and future) settings by using their experience and applying it through a problem solving process. They are able to apply the principles of research, education, consultation and administration to clinical practice. They are able to evaluate evidence to support clinical decisions. They are dedicated to lifelong learning and a commitment to the profession.

The DPT Program is a focal point for the professional community. The faculty are committed to increasing the foundation of knowledge of the profession through direct patient care, professional and community activities, continuing education, and research. Specifically, the faculty are committed to increasing the foundation of knowledge of the profession through research and scholarship by discovery, creation, dissemination, integration, and application of knowledge. The faculty are professional and personal role models for peers and students.

The Physical Therapy faculty are an impressive group devoted to our students and the profession of Physical Therapy. Collectively, we are a professionally and personally diverse group who are well renowned at a national, state, and local level. We have vast clinical expertise in all major areas of practice. Faculty conducts research on an ongoing basis and routinely present and publish work in collaboration with our students. The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to our full-time physical therapy faculty members, many other professionals contribute to the program, including physicians, basic scientists, and other health care professionals.

The curriculum is contemporary and innovative. Students learn in small class sizes in well-equipped classroom facilities. They have ongoing patient contact in the program such as patients visiting the classroom and regular trips to local clinics including two (2) on-campus hospitals. Additionally, there are three (3) full-time clinical experiences. For optimal learning, the full-time clinical experiences are scheduled at key times throughout the curriculum. Clinical experiences are concentrated in the mid-Atlantic region with additional sites outside the area.

As a school within the New Jersey system of Higher Education, every effort is made to maintain the affordability of the program.  Many students are awarded Stockton Graduate Assistantships that permit exciting learning experiences such as working in clinics and conducting research. Students can also apply for internal and external scholarships.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Stockton University is accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
telephone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org  |  website: http://www.capteonline.org

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DPT Admissions Process

The application process into Stockton's DPT program is two-fold. You must submit an application through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) as well as through Stockton's Online Supplemental Application-CAS prior to October 17. Program specific admissions information including prerequisite course requirements can be reviewed on the PTCAS Stockton Program Profile page.

I. PTCAS Application

Your application to PTCAS must include:

  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended (including Stockton)
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a licensed physical therapist
  • Essay, resume, observation hours (80 hours), and any other additional information
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (PTCAS code 0313)
  • For important dates, fees and other details about this process, visit the PTCAS Stockton Program Profile page.

II. Stockton Online Supplemental Application-CAS

Your Stockton Online Supplemental Application-CAS must include:

  • Online Supplemental Application-CAS (you must create Log-in/Web ID and Pin. Read all application instructions first.)
  • Signature Page along with the $50 non-refundable application fee (this is in addition to the PTCAS fee) which can be retrieved once you submit Stockton's Online Supplemental Application-CAS.
  • Educational Background Form (click here for the form).
  • For important dates or details about this process, please visit the Graduate Admissions Application Instructions page.

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DPT Curriculum Worksheet- 115 credits

Effective academic year 2015-2016 beginning with Class of 2017

Credits for Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree:  Undergraduate 12; Doctoral 103 (Total of 115 credits)

Year 1- Fall Semester   Year 1- Spring Semester  
BIOL 4230 Neuroscience (4) PHTH 5001 Kinesiology/Basic PT Evaluation (4)
BIOL 4231 Neuroscience Lab (1) PHTH 5020 Pathology (7)
BIOL 4150 Advanced Human Physiology (4) PHTH 5112 Community Wellness (2)
PHTH 5010 Human Gross Anatomy (4) Additional undergraduate courses toward a baccalaureate degree if needed  
Statistics (only if not completed previously) (3 or 4)    
Additional undergraduate courses toward a baccalaureate degree if needed   All students must hold a baccalaureate degree by the end of this semester  
Total Semester Credits (16-17) Total Semester Credits (13)
Summer Session- 6 weeks - (May and June):  PHTH 5500 Musculoskeletal PT I (7 credits)
Year 2 - Fall Semester   Year 2- Spring Semester  
PHTH 5510 Musculoskeletal PT II (7) PHTH 5530 Musculoskeletal PT IV (7)
PHTH 5600 Evidence Based Practice I (3) PHTH 6520 Cardiopulmonary PT (7)
PHTH 5615 Community Wellness Practicum I (1) PHTH 5610 Evidence Base Practice I (3)
PHTH 5520 Musculoskeletal PT III (7) PHTH 6805 Pre-Clinical Experience II (1)
PHTH 5805 Pre-Clinical Experience I (1) PHTH 6610 Physical Therapy Management  (2)
Total Semester Credits (19)
Total Semester Credits (20)
Summer Session- 10 weeks - full-time off-campus:  PHTH 5810 Clinical Experience I (5)
Year 3- Fall Semester   Year 3- Spring Semester  
PHTH 6500 Neuromuscular PT I (7) Semester begins during winter break. First 10 weeks:  
PHTH 6510 Neuromuscular PT II (7) PHTH 6810 Clinical Experience II (10 weeks full-time off-campus) (5)
PHTH 6615 Community Wellness Practicum II (1) Last 6 weeks of semester (on-campus):  
PHTH 6815 Pre-Clinical Experience III (1) PHTH 6630 Other Systems (7)
    PHTH 6650 Issues in Health Care (2)
Total Semester Credits (16) Total Semester Credits (14)
Summer Session- 10 weeks- full-time off-campus:  PHTH 6820 Clinical Experience III (5)

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Program Outcome

National Physical Therapy License Exam

As reported by the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy, Stockton’s most recent three-year ultimate pass rate for our graduates in the Class of 2010, 2011, and 2012 was 98.48% Stockton’s previous ultimate pass rate for our graduates in the Class of 2004 - 2009 was 100%. 

Graduation Rate 

As reported to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Fall 2014, the three-year graduation rate for Stockton's Physical Therapy Program for 2010, 2011, and 2012 is 93%.

Employment Rate

The employment rate for graduating classes from 2010 to 2012: 100% of reporting graduates are employed as physical therapists.

Financial Opportunities

Stockton Foundation Scholarships
Once a physical therapy student is admitted and enrolled, they can apply for specific scholarships through the University's Foundation.

Distinguished Research Fellowships for Graduate Students
A number of physical therapy students have received these awards.

Graduate Assistantships:
Graduate assistantships are available and offer many exciting opportunities such as working in a physical therapy clinic, assisting with faculty research, preparing websites, and much more. Historically, most physical therapy applicants are awarded assistantships. Prospective students must apply for a GA at the time of application (click on the link for the application). Current students should visit the PT Program Web Board for the GA application and handbook and important deadlines.

Need-Based Financial Aid
Students may be eligible for need-based financial assistance through federal aid programs.

Apply today.  If you have further questions, Request More Information, view Frequently Asked Questions, or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

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