• See also Summer and Fall 2016 Transcripts, Foreign Transcripts, and Grade Point Averages.

    United States Coursework

    You must first complete the institutions attended section before entering your course history. 

    Report all United States and Canadian coursework attempted exactly as it appears on your official transcripts. You must include all attempted, failed, repeated, and withdrawn college courses.

    PTCAS will compare your courses against your transcripts and report any discrepancies to your designated PT programs. Allow 4 to 5 weeks for PTCAS to verify your courses and calculate your GPAs once your file is complete. PTCAS will not enter your courses for you. You must make corrections to this section, if PTCAS identifies a significant number of errors. If you do not enter your courses properly, your application will be delayed in processing and you may jeopardize your chances for admission. PTCAS is not responsible for missed deadlines due to failure to correctly enter coursework, or to resubmit the corrected application in a timely manner. 

    How to Enter Your US Courses

    • Enter all courses, even if they do not fulfill a prerequisite or if you later repeated them.
    • Do not enter courses from memory. Refer to a personal copy of your transcripts.
    • List all courses from a single transcript before you enter courses from the next transcript.

    Add New Session

    • Enter each transcript session (semester, quarter, trimester, unit) only once.
    • Click "add course" to enter your classes for each session.
    • Enter all courses in the order in which they appear on your transcript (oldest to most recent)
    • Enter each course once from the transcript where it was originally taken, even if the credits transferred to another institution.
    • Do not list all of your courses under a single session.  Enter each course under the term during which it was taken. (Example: If you took classes at college X from 2005 to 2009, do not list all of your courses under the fall 2005 session.
    • Do not create a new session for each course. (Example: If you were enrolled in 3 courses during fall 2009 at college X, create a fall 2009 session only once, and use the "add course" button to enter the 3 courses.)

    Name of College or University

    Select the college or university from those you entered in the "Institutions Attended" section.

    Academic Status

    Select your student registration status during this term, regardless of the level of the course. Categorize undergraduate courses attempted after you earned a bachelor's degree as "post-BS undergraduate." Categorize any postgraduate-level work as "graduate."

    Term Type

    Select the term type for the time you were enrolled. At most institutions, summer and winter courses have the same term type as fall and spring courses.


    Enter the year the course began. For instance, a spring course completed during the 1999–2000 academic year should be entered as spring 2000.

    Course Prefix and Number

    Enter the course prefix and number (eg, CHEM 101) exactly as it appears on your transcript. If the course prefix is numeric on the transcript, enter it on the application in the same format. Do not include section numbers.

    Course Level

    Select the appropriate level of the course, regardless of your student (academic) registration status at the time. Refer to your transcript or course catalog to determine the correct level. General guidance is below.

    • Lower-division (Fr/So) - Advanced Placement (AP), Exempt, International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP credit awarded when you first entered college; courses completed at a junior or community college ; and 100 and 200 level courses in which no college course prerequisites are required.
    • Upper-division (Jr/Sr) - 300 and 400+ level courses that require the completion of 1 or more related lower division (college) course prerequisites.

    Course Subject

    Select the subject that best describes the content of the course. PTCAS will use course subjects in the calculation of your GPAs.

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY IN BIOLOGY: Only anatomy and physiology (A&P) courses completed in a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department.

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - OTHER: All A&P courses completed in an allied health, physical education, exercise science, or other department.

    BIOLOGY: animal science, bacteriology, biology, botany, cellular and molecular biology, cellular physiology, earth science, ecology, evolution, genetics, hematology, histology, immunology, microbiology, natural science, oceanography, pathology, physical science, zoology

    CHEMISTRY: biochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, chemistry, inorganic chemistry, medical chemistry, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, physical chemistry, physiological chemistry, structures & bonds

    ENGLISH COMPOSITION: composition, English, technical writing, writing (not literature courses)

    MATH: algebra, behavioral statistics, biostatistics, calculus, chemical math, math, statistics

    MOVEMENT SCIENCE: (eg, allied health), athletic training, biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, exercise science, human movement, kinesiology, locomotion studies, motor control, movement science, sensorimotor development, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise

    OTHER COURSE: acting, archeology, art, art history, banking, bible literature, business, communication, dance, debate, economics, education, ESL, ethics, first aid, foreign language, geography, government, history, humanities, journalism, law, literature, logic, management, marketing, medical terminology, military science, music, philosophy, physical education, poetry, political science, public speaking, reading skills, religion, theater, theology

    OTHER SCIENCE: agriculture, astronomy, bioethics, biological anthropology, computer science, electronics, emergency medical technician, engineering, forestry, geology, meteorology, nutrition, pharmacy, physical geography, physical anthropology, public health, teaching science

    PHYSICS: electricity and light, magnetism, mechanical heat, physics, thermodynamics

    PSYCHOLOGY: Any psychology course, including abnormal psychology, adolescent psychology, child psychology, death and dying, developmental psychology, general psychology, human behavior, growth and development, life span development, rehabilitation psychology, social psychology, and sports psychology

    SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: anthropology, community health, criminal justice, cultural geography, ethnic studies, human sexuality, marriage/family, personal health, social science, social work, sociology, women's studies. Subject does not include psychology courses.

    Course Type

    For science courses only, select course type. Refer to your course catalog to determine the type. PTCAS will not verify that you have selected the correct course type from the list: 


    • lab only
    • Lecture only
    • Lab and lecture combined
    • Other (ie, practicum, seminar, internship, and directed study)



    • Select the letter or number grade as it appears on your transcript.
    • Include "+" and "−" signs, if posted on your transcript.
    • Include any transcript code that appears in the grade column including "P" for pass," "I" for incomplete, "W" for withdrew, etc.
    • If the grade is blank on the transcript, select ""no grade (NG)" on the application.

    Grade Using PTCAS Conversion Table

    • Convert your transcript grade to the appropriate PTCAS letter grade.
    • If transcript shows a number grade (ie, 93 or 3.3), refer to the grade key or legend on the transcript to determine the correct letter grade value.
    • For nongraded courses (eg, pass/fail), select "none."

    Number of Credit Hours

    • Enter the number of credit hours earned, as posted on your transcript.
    • Do not convert quarter hours to semester hours.  This will be done automatically when your GPA is calculated. 
    • If you failed a course, enter the credits attempted, regardless of whether the credits on your transcript are blank, zero, or if you later repeated the course for a higher grade.
    • If you withdrew, received an incomplete, or did not earn credit for the course for any reason, enter the attempted credits.

    Special Classifications

    • If you repeated a course, mark the first attempt and each additional attempt as "repeated."  Do not mark withdrawn attempts as a repeated course. 
    • You must enter all college courses, including those excluded from your transcript GPAs.  If your transcript categorizes any coursework as freshmen forgiveness or academic bankruptcy, you may describe the circumstances in the Background section of the application by responding "no" to the question, "Does your academic record accurately reflect your capabilities?"

    AP, IB, and CLEP Credit

    Enter college credit earned for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and CLEP tests, including the grade and credit hours posted on your transcript.

    Indicate if Course Fulfills a Core PT Prerequisite

    • Match 1 course to each core PT course prerequisite (unless quarter term or repeated course).
    • If you repeated a course, match all attempts to the appropriate prerequisite.
    • If no match, select "none" from list.
    • If you have taken advanced courses in the same subject, only match the introductory or general course to the appropriate prerequisite. For instance, do not match advanced biology courses to "Biology I."
    • You may match your course to a prerequisite, even if there was no lab included.
    • The "I" refers to the first semester and "II" refers to the second semester.

    Conversion of Semester Hours to Quarter Hours:

    • For quarter-based courses, you may need to select more than 1 course per prerequisite.
    • 2 semesters sequence = 3 quarters sequence
    • Lab course = 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours;
    • Lecture only course = 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours

    Anatomy / A&P  1 with lab
    Physiology / A&P 2 with lab

    PT programs may only accept a course if it is completed in a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department. Some PT programs will not accept a combined anatomy and physiology course.

    Biology 1 (not botany or zoology)
    Biology 2 (not botany or zoology)
    General Chemistry 1 with lab
    General Chemistry 2 with lab
    General Physics 1 with lab
    General Physics 2  with lab

    Do not match prerequisites to upper (300-400) division courses.

    Coursework In-progress or Planned

    Enter college terms in progress or planned through the completion of the summer 2017. Enter all of your in-progress or planned courses on the application, even if you have not registered for them yet. Use the college catalog to properly enter the course information as thoroughly as possible. When creating the term, choose "Planned/In Progress" to enter the course information without grades.

    Coursework Entry Service

    If you do not wish to enter all of your coursework, you may now arrange for PTCAS to professionally enter your coursework on your behalf for an additional fee. PTCAS coursework entry staff is available to enter United States undergraduate, graduate, postbaccalaureate, and doctorate coursework. Professional, non-United States/foreign, and planned/in-progress coursework are not eligible for coursework entry and must be entered by the applicant.  If you would like to take advantage of the PTCAS coursework entry service, follow the steps below:

    • Review the Coursework Entry Service instructions and FAQs.
    • In the Institutions Attended section of the application, list all colleges and universities attended.
    • In the Coursework section, enter any planned/in-progress, foreign, or non-academic coursework.
    • Select the Coursework Entry Service option and make your payment.
    • Request to have a copy of your official transcripts mailed to PTCAS, and another copy mailed to yourself.
    • Fill out the rest of your application and e-submit it to PTCAS.
    • PTCAS will complete coursework entry within 10 business days of your application being considered complete, as outlined in the FAQs.
    • Once completed, you will be notified that coursework has been entered. You will then need to indicate which courses satisfy the required Core PT Prerequisites.
    • Review and approve the coursework entry.  At this point, your application will be placed in line for processing.


  • Last Updated: 4/21/2017
    Contact: ptcasinfo@ptcas.org