Physical therapy is not only an important and rewarding job, it's also in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to increase 36 percent from 2012 to 2022 - well above of the average for all occupations.
Seton Hall's comprehensive Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program prepares students to practice safely and ethically - and to treat patients who face a multitude of conditions.
We educate students through a combination of rigorous academics and clinical experience. By the time you graduate, you'll have completed 32 weeks of clinical internships at diverse sites in the region and beyond. Thanks to this strong preparation, our graduates consistently find employment within six months of licensure.
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Physical therapist Sandra ‘Buffy’ Wojciehowski ’04/D.P.T. ’07 helps patients, including Eric LeGrand, find strength after grave injury.
“The Seton Hall DPT program prepares physical therapists who are capable and confident to succeed in even the most challenging environments. In the burn unit at the hospital, I see patients who require complex interdisciplinary care.”Andrea M. Constandis, D.P.T. ’07, PTDirector of Clinical Education, Concorde Career Colleges, Jacksonville, FL
The Seton Hall D.P.T. program provides a contemporary perspective on physical therapy practice and education as movement specialists, with a curriculum that highlights:
- foundational sciences
- exercise and fitness
- neurological rehabilitation
- cardiopulmonary medicine
- the business of patient care
Our interdisciplinary approach means D.P.T. students often work alongside those studying occupational therapy, athletic training, speech-language pathology and other related fields.
Outside of the classroom, our students complete internship experiences at clinical sites. All students engage in community-based service learning projects to foster servant leadership. Students may also participate in faculty-led research experiences that culminates with presentations to communities of interest.
All applicants must apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The curriculum of the D.P.T. program is rigorous, and the admission process is extremely selective.
- Mid-November is the deadline for application to the Seton Hall D.P.T. program. The application deadline for the 2016-17 academic year has already passed (November 15, 2015).
- Review of applications received after November 15 will continue until the maximum class enrollment is reached.
Our 13 highly involved and very accessible doctoral-level faculty are committed to teaching, research and community service. The Seton Hall D.P.T. program also has two full-time faculty members serving as directors of clinical education, who develop meaningful fieldwork experiences for each student.
In response to society's rapidly changing healthcare needs, the School of Health and Medical Sciences combines the expertise of Seton Hall University with the resources of affiliate hospitals and clinical sites to provide exemplary academic and clinical training in two distinct divisions: graduate education in health sciences and administration, and post-medical school residencies and fellowships. The school's emphasis on interprofessional education prepares healthcare leaders of tomorrow to focus on patient-centered care and to make a difference in patients' lives and their communities.