• Seton Hall University

    Program Information

    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
    Patrick McDermott
    Director of Graduate Admissions
    School of Health and Medical Sciences
    Seton Hall University
    400 South Orange Ave.
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    (973) 275-2062
    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.
    PT program start date for entering class 07/16/2018
    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
    Size of most recent entering class 40
    Anticipated size of next entering class 40
    % of IN-STATE applicants accepted 70%
    % of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted 30%
    Program Description
    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 a two community service experiences with various healthcare agencies who acts as partners for community benefit. Examples include working with school personnel to deliver physical activity and innovation programs for persons with special needs as part of our community service learning course. 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 3th year 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. Upon completion of the program, graduates of the program are prepared thoroughly to begin physical therapy practice. We boast strong student outcomes. Our two-year graduation rates for years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 are 95.2% and 92.3%, respectively. For students graduating in 2015 and 2016 after completing the final clinical internship, 100% of DPT students met entry-level practice standards, and at least 44% 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 learning projects addressing physical activity for children with special needs, and 100% of students engaged in faculty-mentored research projects presented at SHU's annual academic exposition. Graduates take the National Physical Therapist Examination and our pass rates for each graduating class in the past 4 years (2013 -2016) are 100%. One hundred percent of DPT graduates from 2013-2016 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.