Seton Hall University Department of Physical Therapy
Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus 123 Metro Boulevard Nutley NJ 07110 United States
1856 500 to 3000

"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 and the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the DPT program is housed at the new Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus.

The DPT program's 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 DPT program prepares entry-level practitioners to develop the necessary clinical skills for effective patient care across the lifespan as well as to critically analyze and convey information to patients, colleagues and other health professionals. CAPTE accredits the program and it is currently undergoing the affirmation process.

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. Providing care with sensitivity is an integral program component that begins imediately through integrated clinical experiences and simulation events.  Throughout the first year, students will gain essential introductory knowledge and skills presenting contemporary physical therapy practice. In the second year, the emphasis is for 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.  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.  

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 South Orange, N.J campus. and is convenient to New York City and major transportation hubs. 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, students gain the knowledge and skills for contemporary physical therapy practice. In addition, this campus houses Seton Hall's College of Nursing and the new Hackensack Meridian 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 PT practice. We boast strong student outcomes. Our graduation rates for years 2017-2020 average over 94%. All students prior to graduation meet entry-level practice standards during completion of the final internship, with at least 1/3annually receiving recognition for exceeding threshold expectations. 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 capstone projects which are presented to the SHU's 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

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the 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 in the healthcare delivery system. This freshman admission only program is extremely competitive. Visit
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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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.
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Additional information about rolling deposits
A non-refundable deposit, applied toward tuition, is required within 10 business days of acceptance. The earliest such a deposit is due is January 15.
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"Program gives preference to applicants who are currently enrolled within the university as part of the freshman admission program.  The percentage of students admitted through the PTCAS process ranges from 35-65% and varies considerably from year to year.  In addition, the program also attracts students who come from economically low income and from families where the students are first generation. Using data from the SHU financial aid office and completed FAFSA applications, the percentage of students who met the criteria for as a disadvantaged student in the DPT Program and who graduated in 2017, 2018,and 2019 were 54%, 72%, and 62%, respectively.
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Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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