Seton Hall University Department of Physical Therapy
Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus 123 Metro Boulevard Nutley NJ 07110 United States
Phone+1 973.275.2062
Phone 2 +1 973.275.2051
CAPTE Accredited

"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."

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 6/30/2021.

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 School of Medicine. Information about this new campus can be found at

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 2017-2020 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 -2020) are 100%. One hundred percent of DPT graduates from 2013-2019 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 Admissions information can be found at

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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
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