• PTCAS calculates a standardized set of GPAs to help programs evaluate applicants using uniform criteria. PTCAS GPAs may differ from those calculated on your transcripts due to the grade standardization process. Programs may use the PTCAS GPAs or calculate their own. 

    PTCAS GPAs Include:

    • Courses only from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
    • Repeated courses 
    • Study-abroad courses, if reported on a United States transcript 
    • Withdrawn failing

    PTCAS GPAs Do Not Include: 

    • Foreign courses 
    • Advanced Placement (AP) 
    • CLEP 
    • Audited 
    • Deferred 
    • Institutional/departmental exam 
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) 
    • Incomplete 
    • Pass/fail 
    • Withdrawn/withdrawn passing 

    Check Your PTCAS GPAs 

    Allow 4–5 weeks for PTCAS to calculate your GPAs once your file is complete. PTCAS will email you once your coursework is verified and GPAs are calculated. Login to your application to view your GPAs. If you have questions about your GPAs, contact PTCAS customer support. 

    PTCAS Grade Scale

    • 4.0 = A/A+
    • 3.7 = A-
    • 3.5 = AB
    • 3.3 = B+
    • 3.0 = B
    • 2.7 = B-
    • 2.5 = BC
    • 2.3 = C+
    • 2.0 = C
    • 1.7 = C-
    • 1.5 = CD
    • 1.3 = D+
    • 1.0 = D
    • 0.7 = D-
    • 0.5 = DE
    • 0.0 = E/F

    GPA Calculation Rules 

    • Repeated courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript. 
    • Failed courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript. 
    • If credits or grades are missing, courses are excluded from GPAs. 
    • PTCAS will not calculate GPAs by totaling grade values and dividing by the number of courses completed. 
    • PTCAS includes grades and credits from transcripts where the course was originally taken, regardless of transfer credit earned at other institutions. The only exception is study-abroad coursework that transferred to a United States institution with itemized credit and grades. 
    • GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 semester-based system. 
    • Quarter hours are automatically converted to semester hours (Quarter hour x .667 = semester hour).
    • Unit credits are converted to semester hours. 
    • Grade value is multiplied by semester credits. 
    • Grade value (eg, A=4.0) x semester credits (eg, 3) = quality points (eg, 12). 
    • Total quality points divided by total credits attempted = PTCAS GPA. 
    • All credit hours are rounded to the tenths place. 
    • PTCAS GPAs are rounded to the hundredths place.  

    PTCAS GPA Descriptions

    • GPA includes all undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional courses.
    1. Undergraduate Cumulative: GPA includes postbaccalaureate undergraduate courses. 
    2. Graduate Cumulative: GPA includes graduate courses only. 
    3. Each Institution Attended: GPA may differ from the college or university transcript due to grade standardization process. 
    4. Science:  GPA includes anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics courses. 
    5. Combined Science and Math: GPA includes all courses in the science GPA, plus math.
    6. Course Subject: Separate GPA for every PTCAS course subject: 
      • Anatomy and physiology
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry 
      • English composition 
      • Math 
      • Movement science 
      • Other course 
      • Other science 
      • Physics 
      • Psychology 
      • Social/behavioral science  


    PTCAS Course Subject Breakdowns

    Anatomy and Physiology Anatomy, Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology 
    Biology Animal Science, Bacteriology, Biodiversity, Biology, Biomedical Science, Biomolecules, Botany, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Cellular Physiology, Cytology/Cytotechnology, Developmental Biology, Disease, Earth Science, Ecology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Entomology, Eukaryotics, Evolution, Genetics, Genomics, Hematology, Histology, Immunology, Limnology, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Microbiology, Micro-Organisms, Molecular Biology, Natural Science, Neural Mechanisms, Neurobiology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Parasitology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Physical Sciences, Physiological Science, Plant, Plant Biology, Plant Sciences, Population Biology, Prokaryote Physiology, Toxicology, Virology, Zoology
    Chemistry Analytic Chemistry, Armchair Chemistry, Basic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Intro to Chemistry, Medical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Physical Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physiological Chemistry, Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Structure & Bonds, Structure & Reaction
    English Composition Basic Composition, Composition, Creative Writing, English, Rhetoric, Technical Writing, Writing
    Mathematics Algebra, Analytical Geometry, Behavioral Statistics, Bioinformatics, Biometry/Biometrics, Biostatistics, Calculus, Chemical Math, Linear Algebra, Math, Analysis, Mathematics, Statistics, Trigonometry
    Movement Science Athletic Training, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Human Movement, Kinesiology, Locomotion Studies, Motor Control, Movement, Science, Physical Therapy, Sensorimotor Development, Sports Medicine, Sports Sciences, Therapeutic Exercise
    Other Course Accounting, Acting, Acupuncture, Aerospace Studies, Agriculture, American Sign Language, Archeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Banking, Basic, Computer Skills/Computer Basics, Bible Literature, Business, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Community Planning, Conservation, CPR, Criminology, Dance, Debate, Drama, Economics, Education, English as a Second Language, Ethics, Excel, Film/Media, Finance, Fire Aid/Firefighting, First Aid, Folklore, Food Management, Foreign Languages, Forensic Sciences, Geography, Government, Health Education, Health Science Administration, Health Services, Health Technology, Herbology, History, Honors Core, Horticulture, Humanities, Hygiene, Informatics, Information Technology, Internet, Journalism, Law, Law Enforcement, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Logic, Management, Marketing, Massage, Medical Terminology, Military Science, Music, Organizational Studies, Orientation, Other Health Prof, Paramedic, Philosophy, Phonetics, Physical Education, Poetry, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs/Administration, Public Policy, Public Relations, Public Speaking, Range Management, Reading, Recreation, Rehabilitation, Religion, Science Reading/Writing, Special Topics, Sports Administration, Theater, Theater Literature, Theology, Typing, Urban Planning, Western Civilization, Word Processing
    Other Science Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Audiology, Biobehavioral Health, Bioengineering, Bioethics, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chinese Internal Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Clinical Sciences, Communication & Speech Disorders, Computer Programing, Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Dietetics, Electronics, Emergency Med-Tech, Engineering, Environmental Science, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, Food Science, Forestry, Geology, Gynecology, Health, Health Science, Mechanics, Medical Ethics, Medical Technology, Medicine, Metabolism, Meteorology, Natural Resources, Nuclear, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Oceanography, Optics, Optometry, Oriental Medicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Psycopharmacology, Public Health, Radiology, Respiratory  Therapy, Sonography, Speech and Hearing Disorders, Speech and Hearing Science, Surgery Tech, Teaching Science, Veterinary, Wildlife
    Physics Biophysics, Electricity, Electricity & Light, Heat, Light, Magnetism, Mechanical Heat, Nuclear Physics, Physics, Thermodynamics
    Psychology Abnormal Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Biological Psychology, Brain and Behavior, Child Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Death & Dying, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Gerontology/Aging, Growth & Development, Human Behavior, Human Development, Life Span Development, Neuropsychology, Psychobiology, Psychology, Social Psychology, Sports Psychology
    Social/Behavioral Science American Studies, Animal Behavior, Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, Biological Anthropology, Community Health, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Cultural Geography, Cultural Studies, Environmental Health, Ethnic Studies, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Human Geography, Human Sexuality, Marriage/Family, Multicultural Studies, Personal Health, Queer Studies, Sexuality Studies, Social Ecology, Social Science, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Women’s Studies

    PTCAS Grading Schemes

    PTCAS will assign the following grades to courses with numeric grading scales, regardless of the letter grade value assigned on the official transcript. Enter your course grade exactly as it appears on your transcript.


    Grade on Transcript   PTCAS Letter Grade  PTCAS Grade Value 
    100-90 A/A+ 4.0
    89-80 B 3.0
    79-70 C 2.0
    69-60 D 1.0
    59-0 F 0.0


    Grade on Transcript  PTCAS Letter Grade  PTCAS Grade Value 
    4.00-3.80 A+/A 4.0
    3.79-3.60 A- 3.7
    3.59-3.40 AB 3.5
    3.39-3.10 B+ 3.3
    3.09-2.80 B 3.0
    2.79-2.60 B- 2.7
    2.59-2.40 BC 2.5
    2.39-2.10 C+ 2.3
    2.09-1.80 C 2.0
    1.79-1.60 C- 1.7
    1.59-1.40 CD 1.5


    Review PTCAS GPAs

    You may review your PTCAS GPA by logging into your account on the PTCAS website. Your PTCAS GPA will be calculated within 4–5 weeks after PTCAS receives your submitted application, all transcripts, and the correct fee payment. PTCAS will send you an automated email once your GPAs are online. PTCAS GPAs are likely to be different from those calculated by the institutions you attended due to the PTCAS grade standardization process. Please contact PTCAS by email with questions. 

  • Last Updated: 11/2/2018
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