On behalf of the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service and the American Physical Therapy Association, we hope that you are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We understand the challenges DPT education programs, applicants, and pre-health advisors are facing as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This webpage will provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on PTCAS and the DPT admissions process.
Currently, PTCAS operations remain open and functioning at full capacity. The application processing team continues to verify and release completed applications to designated programs. Additionally, the customer support teams for programs and applicants continue to provide uninterrupted service.
With regard to the upcoming 2020-21 application cycle, PTCAS remains scheduled to open to applicants on June 17, 2020, with applicant information to be shared with programs beginning on July 1, 2020.
DPT PROGRAMS: ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS CONSIDERATIONS AMID COVID-19
As updates regarding the DPT admissions process at PT education programs become available, they will be shared here.
For the upcoming 2020-21 application cycle, the decision has been made to eliminate the early decision process for applicants and participating DPT education programs in PTCAS.Several factors were considered in making this decision, including ongoing U.S. Department of Justice investigations into admissions practices and commonality of similar programs in comparable health professions application services, among others. To help address this change, PTCAS has added earlier deadline dates for the 2020-21 application cycle, beginning August 17. With this policy change, applicants will be able to complete and submit an application as early as July 1 for as many PTCAS programs as they would like – PTCAS will no longer require that applicants wait for an acceptance decision from their top-choice program to apply to additional programs. Questions regarding the elimination of the PTCAS Early Decision process should be sent to CAS@apta.org.
As a result of the extraordinary situation that DPT education programs, current and future students, and pre-health advisors find themselves in as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, PTCAS and the American Physical Therapy Association wish to reassure everyone involved in the admissions process that we are all this together, and we will continue working together through the challenges presented. While the planned pathway to DPT education has likely changed for many future students, PTCAS is committed to offering guidance and recommendations to DPT programs and pre-health advisors to help alleviate the fears and concerns that applicants may have during the current and upcoming application cycles.
While each DPT education program will ultimately make its own decision regarding changes to application and admissions practices and policies, PTCAS has made recommendations in the following areas to programs:
Last Updated: 5/8/2020