Admission Requirements (DPT)
- Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited college or university
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- GPA of 3.0 or higher with specific course prerequisites
- Pass/fail grades will be accepted for Spring 2020 semester from students whose university/college mandated a pass/fail grade. The student will be required to submit documentation of the mandate AND the letter grade the student would have earned in the course. The grade will not be calculated in either the prerequisite or overall GPA.
- Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts
- Evidence of satisfactory completion (within the previous 10 years) of all course prerequisites (grade of "C" or higher) or plan to complete the specific program prerequisites prior to matriculation
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- At least one letter from a licensed physical therapist is preferred, but not required
- At least one letter must be from a higher education professor/instructor.
- The 3rd letter may be from a coach, supervisor, or person who knows you in a professional capacity. Personal references are not acceptable.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the time of application
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy- PTCAS GRE Institution Code 7444
- PT experience hours are being waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle. Students who have completed work/observation hours are welcome to submit them.
- Departmental Interview (for invited applicants)
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports
- Course Prerequisites
Each candidate seeking consideration for acceptance into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must show evidence of having completed the following courses within the previous 10 years and with a grade of “C” or better. (See above regarding Spring 2020 pass/fail grades)
- 3 credits- English Composition
- 3 credits- General Psychology
- 3 credits- Upper-level Psychology, Sociology or Philosophy
- 8 credits- Biological Sciences (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in biology
- 8 credits- Anatomy and Physiology (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in A&P OR a Anatomy with labs and Physiology with labs (human preferred)
- 8 credits- Chemistry (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in chemistry
- 8 credits- Physics (with labs)-A two-semester sequence in physics
- 3 credits- Statistics
Statement on Advanced Placement Exams
- AP or placement exams will not be considered in fulfillment of a listed prerequisite.
Statement on Retakes
SOPT will average the grades of the first two attempts of a course. Higher grades do not replace lower grades. No more than one retake on any prerequisite course will be accepted for fulfillment of a listed prerequisite.
All applicants being considered for acceptance to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be required to participate in an interview with the program faculty.
In the event that on-campus interviews cannot be conducted, students will have an online interview with a School of Physical Therapy faculty member.
The interview day will last approximately 4-5 hours and be comprised of the following activities:
- Meet and greet with School faculty
- Individual/group interview with School faculty
- Mock Team-based or Problem-based learning activity.
- Campus tour with current Kean University students
- Q&A session for admissions, financial aid, etc.
The School of Physical Therapy does not allow applicants to defer their admission. If you have any questions or concerns with this policy, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.
The Kean University School of Physical Therapy does not accept transfer credits for courses taken at another physical therapist education program.