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 better with specific course pre-requisites
- Pass/fail grades will be accepted from student’s 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 (this includes transcripts that reflect transfer credit)
- Official Electronic transcripts should be sent if possible. If the student requires a transcript from an institution that does not provide electronic transcripts, an unofficial transcript will be accepted for application review. However, an official transcript must be sent as soon as possible and REQUIRED prior to matriculation.
- 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 MUST be from someone who can comment on academic performance
- Professional Resume/CV (optional)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the time of application
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy- PTCAS GRE Institution Code 7444
- The at home GRE will be accepted for the 2020-2021 application cycle
- PT Experience Form
- PT experience hours are being waived for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Students who have completed work/observation hours are welcome to submit the PT Experience Form.
- Departmental Interview (for invited applicants)
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports
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
- 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
- No grade below C and no more than one retake on any prerequisite course will be accepted for fulfillment of a listed prerequisite. (See above regarding Spring 2020 pass/fail grades)
- AP or placement exams will not be considered in 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 faculty member.
The interview day will last approximately 4-5 hours and be comprised of the following activities:
- Meet and greet with School/Program faculty
- Individual/group interview with program faculty
- Mock Team-based or Problem-based learning activity with assessment.
- Campus tour with current Kean University students
- Q&A session for questions pertaining to admissions, financial aid, etc.
The Doctor 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.
No transfer credits are accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Public Notice of Candidacy
Effective May 2016, Kean University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Furthermore, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. More information about the accreditation process through Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) can be found at http://www.capteonline.org/