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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.


Aleatha Joseph
Program Secretary
Department of Physical Therapy
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ  07079
973 275 2051


PTCAS application deadline11/16/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?


General informationAll 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. 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 departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Human
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Human
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Chemistry I
Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Any
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Chemistry II
Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Any
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Communication / Speech / Public SpeakingGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Comm: Communication
Comm: Public Speaking
Comm: Speech
Technical Writing
English Composition / WritingGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0English Composition
English Department Course
Technical Writing
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Physics I
Physics II
Physics: Any
Physics: General
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4.0Physics I
Physics II
Physics: Any
Physics: General
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: General
Psychology: Life Span Development
Social/Behavioral ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Psychology: Any
Social/Behavioral Science: Any
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3.0Biology: Biostatistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code3886
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle7/1/2010
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score150    
Quantitative reasoning scaled score150    


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Professor   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X 
Other   X


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED50
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20  
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20  
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsProgram uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.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) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkDo not send any Canadian documentation


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositA 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.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/29/2016
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degreeSeton Hall University offers a dual degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. This seven-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
Institution's religious affiliationCatholic
Size of most recent entering class40
Anticipated size of next entering class40
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted70%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted30%


Seton Hall University’s 58-acre campus is located in the quaint town of South Orange, New Jersey, only 14 miles from Manhattan. The University is home to eight schools, over 60 majors and about 10,000 students. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) in the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University provides real-world learning for students. The campus atmosphere supports our small class size of 40 students, with delivery of instruction in several state of the art classrooms and research laboratories developed for the six health science programs. Inter-professional healthcare education is supported throughout the School.

The fulltime, comprehensive 120-credit DPT program is supported by doctorally-trained faculty who educate students to become autonomous practitioners. As a four-year program consisting of mostly fall and spring semesters and limited summer classes, 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 foundational sciences, musculoskeletal and neurological, cardio-pulmonary medicine and rehabilitation, 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. Students take part in a rigorous, four-semester research sequence that allows them to develop a research question, conduct a literature review, design a study, collect data and present their findings. Such evidence-based research challenges students to add to the body of literature that currently exists in the field. Keeping with our University’s mission, faculty and students annually collaborate with various community partners to deliver physical activity and innovation programs for persons with special needs as part of our service learning courses.

Providing care with sensitivity is an integral program component that begins in the first year of study. Students live out this mission through four semesters of part-time clinical experiences and full-time internships in sites primarily throughout the tri-state area during the second and third years of the curriculum. Two 12-week full time internships occur throughout the 4th year and can be completed with our many clinical educational partners regionally, nationally, and internationally. Each of these experiences allow students to work alongside licensed physical therapists, putting their classroom learning to work in professional settings.

Upon completion of the program, graduates of the program are thoroughly prepared to begin physical therapy practice. We boast strong student outcomes. For students graduating 2011-2013, 92% of enrolled students graduated from the DPT program. For students graduating in 2014 after completing the final clinical internship, 100% of DPT students met entry-level practice standards, and 27% received recognition for exceeding threshold expectations on the clinical performance instrument (CPI-web). Consistent with the program's mission, in 2014 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 three-year pass rate for 2011-2013 is 95%. 100% of DPT graduates from 2011-2013 who passed the NPTE reported employment within six months after licensure in diverse practice settings. Many students acknowledge several employment offers prior to graduation.
Last Updated: 03/05/2015