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Program Details

About Us

The Seton Hall Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares each student to:

  • be an autonomous Doctor of Physical Therapy who uses best practices in a safe, ethical and legal manner;
  • be a critical consumer of the literature and producer of new information;
  • serve all patients/clients with care, sensitivity and respect;
  • become an active contributor and leader in the healthcare system and community;
  • be an educator, consultant and collaborator; and
  • accept the responsibility for continuous professional development.

Our Values

As underscored by Seton Hall's rich Catholic history and identity, our program is highlighted by its commitment to integrity and the concept of servant leadership. Physical therapy is a value-centered profession, and we teach our graduates to be reflective practitioners who will be exceptionally prepared to assume leadership roles within the profession and in a healthcare environment.

Our Experience

The 34-month, 111-credit doctoral program emphasizes the physical therapist as a movement specialist.
  • Engagement with a highly involved and very accessible doctoral-level faculty who are committed to teaching, research and community service
  • Three clinical internships over 32 weeks during the third professional year - Seton Hall has strong relationships with diverse clinical sites in the New York City metro area and across the country.
  • Laboratories complete with equipment and measurement tools consistent with contemporary PT practice and research promote teaching and learning outside of the classroom.

Our Advantage

Seton Hall has offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree since our program's inception. We offer a contemporary perspective on physical therapy practice and education. Our class sizes enable our students to work closely with our dynamic and skilled faculty, and our home in Seton Hall's School of Health and Medical Sciences offers our students an interdisciplinary approach to their profession as they work alongside students studying in fields such as occupational therapy and speech language pathology.

Our Accolades

  • For graduates from classes 2015-2016, our NPTE licensure exam rates are 100%.
  • Near-perfect graduation rate, with 95.6% of enrolled students completing the DPT program in 2013-2015.
  • After completing their final clinical internship, all graduates in the Class of 2014 met entry-level practice standards, and an impressive 27% exceeded threshold expectations on the Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument.
  • Students engage in faculty-mentored research projects and present their findings at Seton Hall's annual academic exposition. Many also present at the annual American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting.
  • Graduates find employment in diverse practice settings within one year of obtaining licensure, with our employment rate consistently at or near 100%.

Program Mission

The mission of the DPT program is to prepare individuals to become Doctors of Physical Therapy who are competent practitioners capable of autonomous and interprofessional care, possessing a depth and breadth of knowledge to support the best practice of physical therapy for optimizing movement and function throughout the lifespan.

This mission is accomplished through diverse academic and clinical experiences, professional development and research, which are supported by faculty leadership, scholarship and service. Graduates are prepared to be reflective practitioners to address the needs of society and to assume leadership roles within the profession and healthcare environment. As a program within a Catholic university, graduates learn to provide care with sensitivity and respect for all individuals within the communities they serve.

Program Philosophy

The faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. We are active members of a community of physical therapists and scholars. We contribute to the field of physical therapy and to the Seton Hall University community through scholarship and collegial participation in research and University activities. We advance adult learning by engaging students to become critical thinkers and skilled clinicians for their future role as values-centered autonomous and contemporary healthcare practitioners. We combine evidence-based practice models in classroom didactics with varied contextual learning experiences that not only enhance student learning but also commit students to utilizing best practices for optimizing movement and function throughout the lifespan. We serve as agents of change, modeling leadership and commitment to lifelong learning.

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Please visit the Department of Physical Therapy for all tuition, fees and financial aid resources.

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