DPT Admissions Requirements

The following process should be followed by applicants seeking admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Kean University. Please note: The DPT program admits annually, and begins a new cohort during the SUMMER semester (see Curriculum).


  • 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
  • Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts (this includes transcripts that reflect transfer credit)
  • 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 MUST be from a licensed physical therapist
    • At least one MUST be from someone who can comment on academic performance
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score taken within 5 years of the time of application
    • ​Doctorate in Physical Therapy- PTCAS GRE Institution Code 7444
  • Completed PT Experience Form required at time of application
  • Departmental Interview (for invited applicants)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports

Course Pre-Requisites

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.
  • 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.
  • AP or placement exams will not be considered in fulfillment of a listed prerequisite.

On-Campus Interview 

All applicants being considered for acceptance to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be required to participate in an on-campus interview with the program faculty.
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.
Deferral Requests
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.

Transfer Credit
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: accreditation@apta.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/

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
phone 703-706-3245

Updated 8/3/17