• PTCAS applicants to physical therapist programs agree to abide by certain rules and requirements.

    Professional Behavior

    PT applicants are expected to act professionally in all of their dealings with PTCAS and the physical therapist education programs. Applicants are expected to properly follow instructions and meet deadlines. Responsibility, respect, good judgment, and cooperation are qualities valued by the physical therapist profession; applicants are expected to demonstrate these qualities beginning with the application process.

    Applicants using PTCAS agree to: 

    • Act with honesty and integrity throughout the admissions process.
    • Be responsible and accountable for actions.
    • Research the admission prerequisites for each designated PT program, including supplemental requirements.
    • Create only 1 PTCAS application account during the admissions cycle.
    • Abide by all deadlines.  
    • Enter accurate and comprehensive data into the PTCAS application.
    • Compose a personal essay without assistance from others
    • Arrange for PTCAS to receive official transcripts from EVERY regionally accredited US institution attended, using the PTCAS Transcript Matching Form.
    • Pay the correct PTCAS application fee.  
    • Arrange for application materials to be sent to PTCAS or directly to the program, as required.
    • Print a copy of the completed application before e-submitting it to PTCAS.
    • Check application status frequently by logging onto the PTCAS application.
    • Frequently check email and login to the application for important messages from PTCAS.
    • Personally respond immediately to all communication from PTCAS and programs.
    • Promptly notify PTCAS of any changes in contact information before May 15.
    • Promptly notify designated PT programs of any changes in contact information after May 15.
    • Contact designated PT programs directly about admission decisions, admission requirements, curriculum, housing, financial aid, etc.
    • Contact PTCAS customer support about any PTCAS issues or questions, such as GPAs or missing documents.
    • Log off the PTCAS web application after each session to protect against unauthorized access to the application.
    • Maintain record of applicant’s personal PTCAS identification number.

    ACAPT Admissions Traffic Rules

    The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), a component of APTA, approved a set of admission traffic rules for PT education programs and applicants. The rules are effective beginning in the 2016-2017 admissions cycle and available to the public on the ACAPT website.

    • ACAPT Admissions Traffic Rules for Programs
    • ACAPT Admissions Traffic Rules for Applicants

    While all PT programs and applicants are expected to abide by these rules, APTA and PTCAS cannot comment on or enforce them.  Please contact ACAPT directly with questions about these rules at acapt@apta.org. 

    Certification and Authorization Statement

    Applicants must certify the following statements before they can submit a completed PTCAS application. An applicant's certification of this statement on the PTCAS application serves the same purpose as a legal signature and is binding.

    • I certify, as required in the application, that I have read and understand all application instructions, including the provisions which note that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application.
    • I certify that I have read and will abide by all program-specific instructions for my designated physical therapist programs.
    • I certify that all the information and statements I have provided in this application are current, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge.
    • I certify that my personal essay and the information on my application represent my own work.
    • I understand that withholding information requested on the PTCAS application, or giving false information, may be grounds for denial of admission to a PT program participating in PTCAS or may be grounds for expulsion from the institution after I have been admitted.
    • I agree, understand and consent to PTCAS and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) releasing my de-identified application data that does not contain personally identifiable information, as set forth in the PTCAS privacy statement, and admission decisions submitted to PTCAS by my designated PT programs to third party health and education organizations for educational research purposes (including surveys). Such educational research is conducted for the purpose of improving PT education and admissions.
    • I acknowledge and agree that my sole remedy in the event of any proven errors or omissions related to the handling or processing of my application by PTCAS is to obtain a refund of my PTCAS application fee.
  • Last Updated: 4/12/2017
    Contact: ptcasinfo@ptcas.org