Kean University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program North Avenue Academic Building 1000 Morris Ave. Union NJ 07083 United States
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The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Kean follows a hybrid curricular model including many planned, advanced learning experiences such as: problem-based learning, integrated clinical experiences, clinical grand rounds, and web-enhanced course delivery. The program includes a total of 42 weeks of full-time clinical practice experiences. In addition, the program will include 240 hours of integrated clinical experiences for students, to accompany their major clinical-didactic courses, and have the application of knowledge reinforced throughout the duration of the program.

Through this curricular model, students will progress from the acquisition of, to the application of knowledge and psychomotor skill during each semester of the program. Students will have an early introduction to the application of knowledge in clinical settings, beginning in their second semester. They will gain an early understanding of clinical practice environments and the importance of clinical outcomes in physical therapy. Throughout their varied classroom and clinical practice experiences, students will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of autonomy, advocacy, leadership, and management within physical therapy practice, as part of an evolving heath care system.

Curriculum highlights include:
* Team-based human gross anatomy course with cadaver dissection

* Systems-based approach to clinical evaluation, differential diagnosis and intervention

* Team-based and Problem-based learning components within clinically oriented courses

* Interprofessional Grand Rounds series

* Research and Evidence-based practice series, with emphasis on clinical outcomes, culminating in a faculty-mentored project focused on patient outcomes

* Management and Leadership Development series emphasizing business acumen required for business leadership development within the profession

* 42 weeks of full-time clinical education, and 240 hours of integrated clinical education, specifically linked to clinical content within a given curricular year.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program builds upon the rich tradition of excellence in education at Kean University and is rooted in six core domains which represent the type of entry-level clinician the profession of physical therapy deserves. Through an innovative combination of hands-on, inter-professional, problem-based, “flipped” and online course delivery methods, the future graduates of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Kean University will learn to be:

"K"onscientious – operating as thoughtful and meticulous practitioners
"K"linically effective – both from a clinical and operational standpoint
"K"ritically thinking – able to solve complex problems while optimizing patient-centered outcomes
"K"ollaborative – engaging with all members of the health care team
"K"ontemporary – using only the most up-to-date methodology and techniques
"K"ampaigning – acting as an advocate for the patient and the profession.

The DPT program admits annually, and begins a new cohort during the SUMMER semester.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Accepted students have must submit deposit by January 15 as agreed upon by ACAPT member institutions. Applicants who are accepted after January 15th will have 5 business days from the date of the acceptance email to deposit. Deposit is non-refundable.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution Yes
Minority-Serving Institution
Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)