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Physical Therapy

School of Health Related Professions

S H R P

it’s all

about

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D E P A R T M E N T O F P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y P O S T - P R O F E S S I O N A L P R O G R A M

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D E P A R T M E N T O F P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y P O S T - P R O F E S S I O N A L P R O G R A M

Choices…

Students who choose UMDNJ’s School of Health Related

Professions want a University that is exclusively dedicated

to health care, with state-of-the-art equipment, rigorous

coursework, and faculty who cares. All our resources go

toward supporting a health care educational environment

that attracts and nurtures the very best faculty and students.

Choices…

Students who choose UMDNJ’s School of Health Related

Professions want a University that is exclusively dedicated

to health care, with state-of-the-art equipment, rigorous

coursework, and faculty who cares. All our resources go

toward supporting a health care educational environment

that attracts and nurtures the very best faculty and students.

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UMDNJ

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation’s largest independent public health-sciences university, with programs at five main academic healthcare campuses in Camden, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark, Scotch Plains and Stratford. UMDNJ is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in: the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing education of health professionals and scientists; the conduct of basic biomedical, psychosocial, clinical and public health research; health promotion, disease prevention and the delivery of healthcare; and service to our communities and the entire state.

Program

The Physical Therapy Program of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey specializes in doctoral-level education for physical therapists and for individuals wishing to become physical therapists. Students in our entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program receive a state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be in the forefront of the physical therapy profession. Our post-professional DPT is designed to help practicing physical therapists develop the tools and strategies they need to excel in a

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constantly changing health care environment. We also offer a PhD in Health Sciences degree, to prepare professionals for leadership positions in research and academia. The physical therapy faculty possesses outstanding qualifications and attributes that, coupled with an exceptional curriculum, account for the excellence of these programs. The program facilities include a premiere health-sciences library, two fully equipped research labs (The Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences [RIVERS] Lab and an exercise physiology lab), new classroom facilities and two computer laboratories. The UMDNJ Physical Therapy program serves the community through its faculty practice which provides occupational and physical therapy to the school children in Newark and Paterson, as well as through its participation in the University’s association with Special Olympics. The Physical Therapy program is housed within the largest independent public health-sciences university in the country, affording numerous opportunities for diverse clinical experiences.

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Doctoral Programs:

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

is a full time three-year program that prepares students to enter the physical

therapy profession. This comprehensive 110 credit graduate program prepares students for leadership roles within the profession through its vibrant and supportive educational environment that attracts and nurtures the very best faculty and students. The physical therapy department has a rich tradition of academic excellence in education, research, patient care and community service.

Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

is designed for practicing clinicians, who already possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy, to expand their knowledge in differential diagnosis, ethics, scholarship, evidence–based practice and management in order to develop the tools and strategies they need to excel in the current health care environment. Using a schedule of evening and weekend courses the program affords quality, flexibility, and convenience.

Doctor of Philosophy In Health sciences (PhD)

prepares students for research and teaching careers. The Program is based on a mentoring model of graduate education, with emphasis on independent/directed study and research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Of the 60 credits needed for the degree, only about a third represent required preparatory core and methods courses. In collaboration with the advisor, the remainder of the program is individually tailored to meet students' research goals and career expectations.

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Why Choose UMDNJ?

Quality and Experience

-We have been educating physical therapists since 1980 through our accredited professional programs. Of our 13 experienced faculty members, the majority have doctorates, and many are clinical specialists. Faculty members are your colleagues, and have served at the state and national level in numerous capacities; as state delegates, committee chairs, district officers, State Board President, and many others. Many faculty members continue to practice in New Jersey and understand the challenges you face in today’s health care environment.

• Cost -As a state school, our tuition is substantially lower than that charged by private schools. Our graduate tuition is 40% to 70% less than other DPT programs in the region.

• Convenience -Our post-professional courses are offered evenings and weekends at our main campus in Newark. Web-based courses add to the flexibility of the curriculum. Newark is easily reached by public transportation, and parking is available on campus.

• Flexibility -Our post-professional DPT is geared toward all licensed physical therapists, regardless of entry-level degree. Previous graduate coursework and professional experienced will be granted transfer credit based on evaluation of each individual’s transcript, resume, and supporting documentation.

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Program Description

The post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UMDNJ is designed to help practicing physical therapists develop the tools and strategies they need to excel in a constantly changing health care environment. Our curriculum was developed to prepare physical therapists to meet head-on the challenges facing them in today’s health care world: an explosion of knowledge and the expectation of evidence-based practice, increasing responsibility paralleling increasing autonomy, changes in reimbursement and constraints imposed on the therapist-patient relationship. To teach this curriculum we draw on our twelve full-time faculty as well as content experts from across the country. Our diverse faculty share with students the knowledge and experience they have gained through extensive clinical, professional, academic and research activities.

The program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. Classes are offered evenings and weekends. Use of the world wide web increases the flexibility of the curriculum. In addition, transfer credit may be awarded for previous graduate coursework and/or professional experience if it coincides with the content of one or more of the DPT courses.

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Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for graduates of UMDNJ MPT program 1998 or later, or MSPT program:

Degree requirements for students with a master’s degree from a school other than UMDNJ, or a bachelor’s degree or certificate in Physical Therapy:

credits course #

• Outcomes Measurements or Case 3 or PTDR7313

Studies in Research and Clinical Practice or PTDR7215

• Ethics 3 or PTDR7265

• Advanced Clinical Decision-Making 3 or PTDR7910

in Musculskeletal, Neurologic, or or PTDR7912

Pediatric PT or PTDR7911

• Medical Screening for Physical Therapists 3 or PTDR7265

Total Credits 12

credits course #

• Outcomes Measurements or Case 3 or PTDR7313

Studies in Research and Clinical Practice or PTDR7215

• Ethics 3 or PTDR7265

• Advanced Clinical Decision-Making 3 or PTDR7910

in Musculskeletal, Neurologic, or or PTDR7912

Pediatric PT or PTDR7911

• Medical Screening for Physical Therapists 3 or PTDR7265

• Research Design and Statistics 3 or PDTR7311

• Motor Learning and Control 3 or PDTR7240

• Pharmacology 3 or PTDR7220

• Professional Issues Seminar 3 or PTDR7161

• Evidence Based Literature Review 3 or IDST6400

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and be licensed in physical therapy in New Jersey or an adjacent state. The applicant’s entry-level physical therapy degree can be a certificate, bachelor’s

degree, or master’s degree. Applicants need to have a minimum of 2,000 hours in physical therapy practice. These hours can be in patient care, administration, and education, but not in student clinical experiences. Applicants are expected to have basic computer literacy, including file management, use of word processor and spreadsheet programs, use of email and the Internet.

For matriculation, applicants are required to submit the following:

• Completed application, including a written essay

• Current curriculum vitae

• Two letters of recommendation

• Transcripts for Physical Therapy degree, and highest degree if higher than Physical Therapy degree

• Notarized copy of Physical Therapy License

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Application deadlines are:

• Fall admission May 15

• Spring admission Sept. 15

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Full-Time Faculty

Ellen Zambo Anderson, PT, MA, GCS

MA, Motor Control, Columbia University BS, Physical Therapy, West Virginia University

•Ellen Zambo Anderson, an Associate Professor, is board certified in geriatric physical therapy and has presented to state and national audiences on geriatrics and complementary therapy. She has published in “Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics”, and is a reviewer for “Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT)”. Professor Anderson has been elected to the position of delegate from the New Jersey chapter of the APTA eight times and has spearheaded the chapter's efforts to support the New Jersey Special Olympics.

Phyllis Guarrera-Bowlby, PT, MEd, PCS

MEd, Motor Learning, Columbia University BS, Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

•Phyllis Guarrera-Bowlby, an Associate Professor, is enrolled in the doctoral program at Teachers College with a major in Motor Learning. Professor Bowlby has presented platform and poster presentations at the state and national levels related to movement variability in typically developing children. She is currently serving on the Research Committee and as vice co-chair for the Pediatric SIG for the NJ Chapter of the APTA. Her research interests include the development of motor skill with typically developing children and children with cerebral palsy along with effective intervention strategies for children with cerebral palsy. Her clinical interests are in pediatric rehabilitation and school-based physical therapy.

Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD

PhD, Pathokinesiology, NYU MS, Physical Therapy, USC BA, Human Biology, Stanford

•Judith Deutsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences (RIVERS) lab in the Program in Physical Therapy. Dr. Deutsch's research and teaching interests are in the area of rehabilitation of patients with neurologic diagnoses and the use of complementary therapies. She is the author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in her current areas of research, use of virtual reality in rehabilitation of gait, motor imagery and Structural Integration (Rolfing). She is the Editor of the

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT), the official publication of the Neurology Section of the APTA.

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Susan Edmond, PT, PhD, DSc, OCS

DSc, Epidemiology, Boston University BS, Physical Therapy, New York University

•Susan Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. Her responsibilities include teaching a series in musculoskeletal physical therapy in the entry level DPT program. She has written a textbook on joint mobilization and manipulation: Manipulation and Mobilization, Spinal and Extremity Techniques. Dr. Edmond’s research interests include issues related to back pain in older adults, and efficacy of interventions for spinal dysfunction.

Patricia Fay, PT, DPT, MPH

DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

MPH, Hunter College of the City University of New York BS, Physical Therapy, Boston University

•Patricia Fay is an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical

Education. Clinically, she has practiced in a variety of settings in Boston, New York City, and Copenhagen, Denmark. She currently serves on the Clinical Instructor Education Board of the APTA and has participated in numerous professional presentations. Professor Fay is credentialed through the APTA as a clinical instructor and as a trainer of clinical instructors. Her academic and research interests include clinical education,

epidemiology and public health policy.

Barbara Gladson, PT, OTR, CHT, PhD

PhD, Pharmacology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

MS, Physical Therapy, Columbia University

BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Pennsylvania

•Barbara Gladson is an Associate Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. Dr. Gladson currently serves on the Editorial Board for the “Journal of Hand Therapy”. She has presented several platform presentations at national hand therapy meetings on wrist injuries and chronic regional pain syndromes. In addition to clinical research, Dr. Gladson has performed basic cellular research using electrophysiological techniques to study ion channels responsible for certain neuroendocrine secretory processes, particularly the release of glucagon in diabetes. Her interests include applying these techniques to the study of nerve

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Sandra L. Kaplan, PT, PhD

PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University MS, Allied Health, Ohio State University BS, Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut

•Sandra L. Kaplan, Assistant Director and Associate Professor, teaches courses in outcomes measurement and management. She is a co-director of Newark Therapy Services, the program’s faculty practice that provides PT and OT services to students in the Newark school system. Dr. Kaplan’s clinical practice has focused on adult neurorehabilitation and

developmental disabilities. Her academic and research interests are in pediatric rehabilitation and clinical outcome measures. She has served on the national task force to develop outcome measure recommendations for the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. She has been an abstract reviewer for the APTA Scientific Meeting, participated on the Neurology Section task force on Integrating Theory into Practice, and was co-editor of the Oct. 2000 Neurology Report journal for a special edition on Quality of Life. Dr. Kaplan serves as an educational consultant for the APTA Section on Education, and as an on-site evaluator for the Commission on

Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD

DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

PhD, Health Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Certificate in Health Administration, Seton Hall University MA, Health Education/Administration, Montclair University BS, Physical Therapy, Temple University

•Nancy Kirsch, an Associate Professor, conducts clinical research in the treatment of neurological diseases, and has authored several articles on the treatment of individuals with multiple sclerosis. Her research interest is in ethical issues challenging physical therapists. Dr. Kirsch served the NJ Chapter of the APTA in a variety of capacities including President and Chief Delegate. She currently serves on the Board of Physical Therapy of New Jersey and served as President for four terms. Professor Kirsch is a manuscript reviewer for “Case Report”and “JNPT,”she served the Federation of State Boards of Physical therapy on the national level as a member of the finance committee and the Private Practice Section of the APTA. Her major clinical interest is in the rehabilitation of children and adults with neurological disease.

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Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA

DPT, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions MA, Movement Sciences and Education,

Teachers College, Columbia University BS, Boston University

•Kathleen K. Mairella teaches in the areas of professional development and pathophysiology. She has extensive experience with professional, advocacy, leadership and policy issues. She served as chapter president, secretary, vice-president, and president of the American Physical Therapy of Ne Jersey. She led the successful legislative effort to permit New Jersey consumers Direct Access to physical therapists. She currently serves as APTAnj Chief Delegate, and chairs the APTA Committee on Chapters and Sections, a national appointment of the Board of Directors of the APTA. She received the APTAnj President’s Award in 1999. Dr. Mairella’s clinical interests include geriatrics and neurology, and she is certified in

neurodevelopmental treatment.

Alma S. Merians, PT, PhD

PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University BS, Physical Therapy, Columbia University

•Alma Merians is the Chairperson and a Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. Her teaching responsibilities include motor control and motor learning. Dr. Merians’ research has focused on two areas: cortical level brain systems and neural processing operations involved in the production and control of skilled movement, as well as the study of training mechanisms to facilitate acquisition of new motor skills or reacquisition of motor skills lost through damage to the brain. She has published extensively in these areas. Her current research involves the use of virtual reality for rehabilitation.

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Mary Jane Myslinski, PT, EdD

EdD, Applied Physiology, Columbia University EdM, Applied Physiology, Columbia University MA, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, New York University BS, Physical Therapy, Boston University

•Mary Jane Myslinski, an Associate Professor conducts research on the effects of exercise on chronic disease processes especially Multiple Sclerosis and cardiopulmonary pathology. She has published on the effects of exercise for the patient with MS, and has also co-authored book chapters in Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care. She is past Director of Practice and Secretary of the NJ chapter of APTA, delegate, and Central District Chairperson, and on the APTA National Task Force for the Clinical Research Agenda. She currently serves on the APTA Cardiopulmonary Section Research Committee. Dr. Myslinski serves as a Board member for the Mid-Jersey Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and serves on the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Her clinical interests center around patients with cardiopulmonary pathology or with

neurological diseases.

Sue Paparella, PT, DPT, MS

DPT, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey MSHS, University of Medicine and

Dentistry of New Jersey/Seton Hall University

BS, Physical Therapy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

•Sue Paparella is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. She is NDT certified, and has completed the Kaiser Foundation six month PNF training course in Vallejo, California. Her academic and clinical interests are in the area of neurorehabilitation. She has developed a

standardized patient program for the entry-level program. She continues to practice in the community with a primary focus on the neurological

population.

Ellen Ross, PT, PhD

PhD, Pathokinesiology, New York University BS, Physical Therapy, New York University

•Ellen Ross is an Associate Professor and Director of Post-Professional Physical Therapy Education, and teaches courses in kinesiology, research, ad evidence based practice. Her research interests are in kinesiology and she is currently investigating functional outcomes following limb salvage surgery. She has published her work in “Spine”, and presented at

numerous national and international conferences. Dr. Ross also serves as a reviewer for “Physical Therapy”.

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For more information on the Entry-Level DPT please contact: Ms. Pam Boyle

•Physical Therapy Program Admissions Coordinator UMDNJ

65 Bergen Street Newark, NJ 07107 972-972-4547 boylepk@umdnj.edu

For more information on the

Post-Professional DPT please contact: Dr. Ellen Ross

•Director, Post-Professional Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy Program

UMDNJ

65 Bergen Street Newark, NJ 07107 973-972-2372 rossec@umdnj.edu

For more information on the

PhD in Health Sciences please contact: Dr. Margaret Kilduff

•Director, MS and PhD in Health Sciences 65 Bergen Street

Newark, NJ 07107 973-972-9489 kildufma@umdnj.edu

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