In an effort to simplify the application process for prospective physical therapist (PT) students and to facilitate the admissions process for professional PT educational programs, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) first launched the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) on August 1, 2008. PTCAS allows PT applicants to use a single web-based application and 1 set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. PTCAS is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association and is administered by Liaison International, an education information technology company located in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Applicants who apply through PTCAS submit a completed web-based application comprised of biographical data, institutions attended, academic course history, physical therapy observation hours, list of reference providers, work experiences, extracurricular activities, honors, professional licenses, and a personal essay. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and follow all PTCAS and program-specific instructions.
The PTCAS Applicant Data Report for the 2018-2019 (previous) admissions cycle is available in PDF format. The report includes trend data and graphs for the previous applicant pool. The 2019-2020 PTCAS applicant data report will be available in fall 2020.
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service and the American Physical Therapy Association value diversity and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws related to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. As such, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of their policies, practices, or procedures.
Neither APTA nor PTCAS have adopted any policies or positions regarding the essential skills or technical standards necessary to practice or function as a physical therapist. However, individual PT programs generally do have these types of policies in place. A program’s technical standards or essential skills document may describe the physical, behavioral, or cognitive abilities needed to complete the physical therapist curriculum at that particular institution and to competently perform as a physical therapist upon graduation. Contact your designated PT programs directly regarding program-specific policies.
Last Updated: 9/16/2020