Pre-Physical Therapy


3+ 3 Pre-Physical Therapy Program

(beginning Fall 2011) 

The Department of Biology at William Paterson University (WPUNJ) in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (Rutgers SHRP) has established a collaborative 3 + 3 program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from WPUNJ and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Rugters SHRP after completion of a six year joint program.  Successful students will spend three years (or the time required to complete 83.5 credits) in the Pre-Physical Therapy program at WPUNJ fulfilling the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rutgers SHRP.*  The following requirements must be completed at William Paterson:

 **Major Science and Mathematics Courses:         

General Biology I (BIO 1630) 4 credits
General Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 1120 & 1130) 8 credits
(Bio 1180/1190 can be used  when one or both are transferred to WPU)
General Chemistry I & II (CHEM 1600 & 1620) 8 credits
College Physics I & II (PHYS 2550, 2560) 4 credits
Calculus I (MATH 1600) 4 credits
Statistics for Science Majors (MATH 2300) 4 credits
Genetics (BIO 2060) 4 credits
Total: 40 credits


University Core Curriculum (UCC) and Elective Courses:


Technology Intensive (2 courses) – may be included in above courses    (list above)

First Year Seminar (WPU 1010) 1.5 credits
UCC Personal Well-Being 3 credits
UCC Expression (Art & Comm; Literature; Writing) 9 credits
UCC Ways of Knowing: (Philos.; Hist; Soc & Behav; Must include General Psychology PSY 1100) 12 credits
UCC Ways of Knowing: Science: College Physics I (PHYS 2550) list above
UCC Ways of Knowing: Quantitative: Calculus I (MATH 1600) list above
UCC Diversity and Justice 3 credits
UCC Community and Civic Knowledge 3 credits
UCC Global Awareness 3 credits
Foreign Language 6 credits
Biomechanics (KNES 3300) 3 credits
Writing Intensive (3 courses) – may be included in above courses  
Technology Intensive (2 courses) - may be included in above courses  
Total: 43.5 credits

Total number of credits required at WPUNJ                          83.5 credits**            

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to be competitve for admission to the Physical Therapy program at Rutgers SHRP. A GPA of 3.3 is preferred.


Three Year Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

Fall Credits   Spring Credits Total Credits
Bio 1630 4   Bio 1120 4  
WPU 1010 1.5   Math 1600 4  
UCC 3   UCC 3  
UCC 3   UCC 3  
UCC 3        
  14.5     14 28.5

NOTE: BIO 1120 & BIO 1130 are also offered in Summer sessions 1 and 2, respectively

Sophomore Year

Fall Credits   Spring Credits Total Credits
Bio 1130 4   Bio 2060 4  
Chem 1600 4   Chem 1620 4  
Foreign Lang I 3   Foreing Lang II 3  
UCC 3   UCC 3  
  14     14 28

Junior Year

Fall Credits   Spring Credits Total Credits
Phys 2550 4   Phys 2560 4  
Math 2300 4   KNES 3300 3  
Elective 3   Elective 3  
Elective 3   Elective 3  
  14     13 27

 Total Credits            83.5

*Admission to the Physical Therapy Program at Rugers SHRP is not guaranteed. 

**University policy requires that at least 30 of the 83.5 total credits shall be completed at WPU.  Further, half the ‘major’ courses (20 of 40 credits), must be taken at WPU.

Students accepted in the Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers SHRP will receive the BS from William Paterson University after the completion of the first year at Rutgers SHRP, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree after the completion of the program. 

Students not admitted to the Physical Therapy program after their 3rd year of study in the Pre-PT program, may complete the Biology or Biotechnology major within the 4th year at William Paterson University.

S e n i o r  Y e a r

(to complete Biology/Biotechnology Major)


            Organic Chemistry I, II (CHEM 2510, 0510, 2520, 0520)                8 credits

            Cell Biology (BIO 2050)                                                                  4 credits

            Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (BIO 2490)                                 4 credits

            Biology Electives (3000-4000 level)                                            15-16 credits

            Biology concentration-specific course                                          3-4 credits

            Biology Seminar (BIO 4800)                                                          2 credits


                                                                        Total credits                  36-38 credits






  1. The primary advantage for a student in this articulated program is that it reduces one year of schooling.  Students who apply to Rutgers SHRP from non-articulating schools must have a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Rutgers SHRP has a total of approximately 50 slots available each year.
  3. The GRE is required for admission and letters of recommendation from Physical Therapists for whom the applicant has worked or volunteered.
  4. Applicants should contact Dr. Leonard who will help them with their application packets. Applications for Rutgers SHRP’s Physical Therapy program are available online at
  5. Students should apply to Rutgers SHRP during the summer (e.g., July, August) before their third year.  Deadline for applications is October 1st.
  6. Tuition for the Rutgers SHRP, DPH PT program is available on their website at
  7. Undergraduate financial aid will end when the student completes the program at William Paterson University.
  8. After the required 83.5 credits at WPUNJ, the number of credits required in the Physical Therapy program at Rutgers SHRP is 110, with a required summer semester at the beginning of the program.
  9. The contact informaiton for the Admission Committee at Rutgers SHRP is available at