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The Physical Therapy Program is an articulated program coordinated with Rutgers--School of Health Related Professionals (Rutgers-SHRP) providing a B.S. in Biology from Felician University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers-SHRP. Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program receive state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be in the forfront of the physical therapy profession.

Physical Therapy involves the examination, treatment, and instruction of persons to assess, prevent, and correct physical disability and pain from injury and disease. It includes the planning of treatment and the use of activities and devices for reducing the incidence of movement dysfunction and pain. Physical therapists continue to be in demand throughout the United States. Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of healthcare settings and geographic locations.

Students in the Physical Therapy Program spend about three years at Felician University completing 100 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and Core Curriculum and 53 credits in the required departmental core). Students must formally apply for admission for their professional coursework to the Rutgers Physical Therapy Program. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses (45 credits) at Rutgers, Felician University will award a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon successful completion of the remainder of the required coursework (approximately two additional years), Rutgers will award a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students are prepared to enter the physical therapy profession as a clinician capable 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

  1. High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED).
  2. English as a Second language (ESL) placement test if 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 remedial courses as determined by the University’s Basic Skill Test.
  5. A minimum grade of 2.5 for all transfer students. Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Degree Requirements

All students must:
  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000
  2. Complete all the pre-professional courses (100 cr.) with a grade of “C” or better 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
  6. Obtain a satisfactory score on all three sections (verbal, quantitative and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation, including two from physical therapists
  8. Have basic computer literacy, including file management, use of word processing and spreadsheet programs, use of e-mail and the Internet.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (100 credits) At Felician University

(Revised: May 2012)

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

CORE 200Culture and Diversity3
CORE 250Applied Ethical Reasoning3
CORE 300Journey to Selfhood3
CORE 400Franciscan Vision3

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

ENG 101Writing the




ENG 102Introduction to the Study of Literature3
BIO 202Microbiology4
RELS___Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level)3
RELS___Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level)3
______Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC)3
MATH 161Precalculus4
CIS 101/103Introduction to Computer Applications3
 Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications3
ART/MUS___Creative Arts Elective3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FYE 100* Freshman Year Experience I1
FYE 101* Freshman Year Experience II1

Required Pre-Professional Core (53 credits)

BIO 103General Biology I4
BIO 104General Biology II4
BIO 205Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 206Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 405Genetics4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I5
CHEM 104General Chemistry IIv 
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 360Biochemistry4
PHYS 103General Physics I4
PHYS 104General Physics II4
MATH 122Statistics I3
MATH 262Calculus I4

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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