School of Health and Medical Sciences

The curriculum of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) is rigorous, and the admissions process is extremely selective.  In reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee will determine candidates' eligibility upon review of the following: undergraduate academic performance, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and non-quantifiable items such as letters of recommendation, healthcare experiences, professional and community activities, and essay review.  Special admissions consideration is given to students enrolled in the dual-degree program at Seton Hall University.

The following are required for entry into the DPT program:

  • Completion of a Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application ( All admission materials must be sent to PTCAS.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Cumulative and pre-requisite grade point average (GPAs) of 3.0 on a four-point scale.
  • Fifty (50) hours of clinical observation with a licensed physical therapist in the delivery of physical therapy services in a clinical environment.  This requirement may be met through paid or volunteer experiences.  The healthcare experience is intended to strengthen interpersonal skills and to develop a contemporary understanding of the role of the physical therapist as a healthcare provider.
  • Three letters of recommendation from sources able to attest to an applicant's academic ability and character.  It is recommended that letters be obtained from course instructors and clinical supervisors.  Letters from family members and casual acquaintances are not acceptable.  One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist.  
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five (5) years, must have a minimum of 150 (400 on older version) on the verbal portion and on the quantitative reasoning portion. Candidates who have already earned a graduate degree may request that the GRE be waived. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The PTCAS Seton Hall GRE code is 3886.
  • If English is not the native language, a student must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score Report documenting a paper-based score of 550 or above, a computer-based score of 213 or above, or an internet-based score of 79 or above.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better: 
        *Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits)
        *Chemistry (8 credits)
        *Physics (8 credits)
        Psychology (3 credits)
        Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
        Statistics (3 credits)
        English/Communications (6 credits)

        *All science courses listed above must include a laboratory.     

All math and science prerequisite courses must be completed no longer than 10 years prior to the application date.  Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply; however, they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites by June 1st prior to the start of the program.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Students

Regardless of previous educational or work experience, all students are required to complete the entire physical therapist curriculum.  No advanced placement, transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning will be granted.

Application Deadlines

Seton Hall University participates in PTCAS.  Seats fill quickly, and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  The committee will evaluate applications for admission received up to the November 17, 2014, deadline; however, review of applications received after this date will continue until maximal class enrollment is reached.  All prerequisites must be complete prior to starting the program.  Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply; however, they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites no later than June 1st of the year prior to the start of the program.  Applicants may be asked to provide proof of enrollment in any outstanding prerequisite courses.  Information regarding application procedures and deadlines may be obtained from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Health and Medical Sciences, (973) 275-2051.

Students who are pursuing a degree in physical therapy need to be aware of certain elements that potentially can impact clinical placement, licensure, and future employment.  Federal and various state laws are in place that preclude persons with criminal backgrounds from being in contact with children and patients.  Where these laws apply, you will be required to undergo a criminal background check, which may include fingerprinting and a search of federal and state criminal databases.  Drug testing may also be required.  A felony conviction may affect a student's ability to complete the program or a graduate's ability to sit for the NPTE examination and/or attain state licensure.

Students must read, understand, meet and sign the Essential Functions of the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the DPT program upon acceptance into the program.

Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.

Please click here if you wish to apply online.

Department Secretary:
Aleatha Joseph

(973) 275-2051

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