2019-20 Applicants

Seton Hall University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Patrick McDermott
Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment and Student Affairs
School of Health and Medical Sciences
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange NJ, 07079
(973) 275-2062
shms@shu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
07/06/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Seton Hall University offers a dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. This six-year program offers physical therapy students an opportunity to study in a traditional liberal arts environment as well as a major healthcare organization. Due to a limit on the number of PT students in each entering freshman class, admission is extremely selective and competitive. Visit http://www.shu.edu/academics/gradmeded/bs-doctor-physical-therapy.cfm
Institution's religious affiliation
Catholic
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
41
Anticipated size of next entering class
40
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
70%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
30%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
54%
% Female
46%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
7%
% Asian
27%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
61%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seton Hall's 58-acre main campus is located in the quaint town of South Orange, New Jersey, only 14 miles from Manhattan. The University’s nationally-ranked School of Law is located in nearby Newark, New Jersey. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is housed within the School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The DPT program's newly redesigned curriculum is a full-time, comprehensive 111-credit educational experience supported by 13 core doctoral-prepared faculty who educate students to become autonomous practitioners. As a three-year program (35 months) consisting of fall, spring and summer semesters beginning in July of the first year, the Doctor of Physical Therapy prepares entry-level practitioners to develop the necessary clinical skills for effective patient care across the life span as well as to critically analyze and convey information to patients, colleagues and other health professionals. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredits the program for a ten-year term ending 12/31/2020.

The breadth and depth of the DPT curriculum, which highlights the integration of foundational sciences, clinical practice, professional roles and expectations, and servant leadership, allows students to acquire the necessary knowledge and hands-on skills to enter a variety of practice settings. The program emphasizes the application of theory and research to practice, with emphasis on the human movement system and collaboration within inter- and intra-professional teams. Throughout the first year, students will gain essential introductory knowledge and skills presenting contemporary physical therapy practice. The second year of the curriculum emphasizes the advancement of understanding as to how physical therapists engage in the diagnostic and management processes necessary for effective patient/client management across the continuum of care. In addition to traditional lecture and laboratory classes, students may opt to collaborate with faculty to conduct clinically relevant research to answer questions about human movement and physical therapy practice. Such evidence-based research challenges students to add to the body of literature that currently exists in the field. Many of these projects have been presented at regional and national meetings, such as the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

Keeping with our University’s mission, students will partake in community service experiences with various healthcare agencies who acts as partners for community benefit. Providing care with sensitivity is an integral program component that begins in the first year of study as students experience integrated clinical experiences throughout the curriculum. Students complete three full-time internships throughout the final year of study with our many clinical educational partners regionally, nationally, and internationally. For each of these experiences students work alongside licensed physical therapists, putting their classroom learning to work in professional settings to ensure entry-level competency.

The program has a new home. Seton Hall’s new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus opened in the summer of 2018. The campus is situated in the towns of Clifton and Nutley, N.J. It is approximately 10 miles from Seton Hall’s main campus in South Orange, N.J. and is convenient to New York City and major transportation hubs. The campus features world-class facilities for health science research and discovery. The program utilizes exceptional learning spaces to meet program goals. From the state of the art anatomy facilities to well equipped classrooms and research spaces to the use of standardized patients to model clinical situations, student have opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills for contemporary physical therapy practice. In addition, this campus houses Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and the new Seton Hall–Hackensack Meridi.an School of Medicine. Information about this new campus can be found at https://www.shu.edu/interprofessional-health-sciences-campus.cfm.

Upon completion of the program, graduates of the program are prepared thoroughly to begin physical therapy practice. We boast strong student outcomes. Our graduation rates for years 2013-2017 are average over 94%. We ensure all students prior to graduation meet entry-level practice standards on the completion of their final internship, typically at least 1/3 received recognition for exceeding threshold expectations on the clinical performance instrument (CPI-web). Clinical instructors report professional behaviors, accountability, communication, and clinical reasoning among the strengths of students completing their final clinical internship. Consistent with the program's mission, 100% of students participated in community-based service projects addressing community health. Plus a 100% of students engaged in faculty-mentored evidence based projects which are presented to the SHU' community. Graduates take the National Physical Therapist Examination and our pass rates for each graduating class in the past 5 years (2013 -2017) are 100%. One hundred percent of DPT graduates from 2013-2017 who passed the NPTE reported employment within six months after licensure in diverse practice settings. Many students acknowledge several employment offers prior to graduation.

Information about the Seton Hall University DPT program can be found at http://www.shu.edu/physical-therapy/index.cfm. Admissions information can be found at https://www.shu.edu/physical-therapy/admissions.cfm.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
A non-refundable electronic deposit of $500 which will be applied against tuition is required within ten (10) business days of the date of the acceptance letter.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
3.50
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.43
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
3886
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
04/01/2020
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
01/01/2015
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
152
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of fifty (50) hours of clinical observation with a licensed physical therapist in the delivery of physical therapy services within a clinical environment is required. This requirement may be met through paid or volunteer experiences.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
All prerequisite science and math courses must be completed no longer than 10 years prior to the application date.

All science laboratories must be linked to the appropriate course. No distance learning laboratories will be considered. Recitation courses will not substitute for laboratory experiences.

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.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Any Chemistry course that has a recitation component and not laboratory experience will not fulfill the requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Any Chemistry course that has a recitation component and not laboratory experience will not fulfill the requirements. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
Transcripts must show students successful completion of this topic or evidence of advance placement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
Transcripts must show students successful completion of a general psychology courses or evidence of advance placement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Social/Behavioral Science
Courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, or public health will fulfill the requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3.0
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics