Deadlines & Early Decision

  • Apply Early! PTCAS processing may take up to 4-5 weeks once all required materials are received.  

    Submit your PTCAS application and arrange for materials to arrive at PTCAS by the program's deadline. The deadline indicates when materials must arrive at PTCAS (and NOT the program).

    Early Decision

    The Early Decision deadline is August 15. Review the Early Decision instructions and list of participating ED programs.

    Firm and Soft Deadlines

    Each PTCAS program has selected a firm or soft deadline. Programs may move from a soft to a firm deadline at any point during the cycle.

    • Firm Deadline - You cannot apply to the program after the deadline has passed.
    • Soft Deadline - You can still apply to the program after the deadline has passed, but the program may give less or no consideration to your file if you apply after the deadline.

    Application Close Time

    All PTCAS deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time. Review the time zone list below to determine when the PTCAS application will close in your area:

    • 11:59 PM (ET)
    • 10:59 PM (CT)
    • 9:59 PM (MT)
    • 8:59 PM (PT)
    • 7:59 PM (AKT)
    • 6:59 PM (HT)

    Late Materials and Missed Deadlines

    A PT program may deny your application if your materials arrive late. If you e-submit by the program's deadline, PTCAS will forward your application to your designated programs even if your materials arrive after the deadline. PTCAS does not issue refunds for withdrawn applications or missed deadlines. PTCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar's office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, nor does sending transcripts express or certified guarantee receipt by PTCAS.

    Other Program Deadlines

    Many PT programs have multiple deadline dates or operate on a rolling admissions basis. Review the PT program admission requirements in the Directory before you apply.

    Deadline Extensions

    Contact your designated PT program directly to request a deadline extension. PT programs are not obligated to grant deadline extensions or give consideration to applicants who submit application materials after the deadline.

    Supplemental Deadlines

    In addition to the PTCAS application, PT programs may require you to send a supplemental application, fee, and materials directly to the institution. The supplemental application deadline may be the same as the PTCAS deadline or different. Review the PTCAS Directory for supplemental instructions.

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