The 2015-16 admissions cycle begins on July 1, 2015. Applicants may start and submit the PTCAS application as soon as it is available. The 2015-2016 PTCAS application cycle will officially close on June 1, 2016, unless otherwise announced. No new applicants can apply during the 2015-2016 cycle after May 15, 2016.
All professional physical therapist (PT) education programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with full or candidate status are invited to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Institutions that participate in PTCAS must require all applicants to the professional (entry-level) PT program to apply through the service, including individuals who are given preference in the admissions process.
The purpose of PTCAS is to facilitate the PT admissions process for applicants and programs, promote the physical therapist profession and educational programs to a broad spectrum of applicants, and provide rich applicant data for institutional, regional, and national analysis. PTCAS will not determine whether an applicant has met the PT program requirements or is eligible for admission.
PTCAS will consider an application complete and ready for transcript verification once the following items are received:
PTCAS will also accept up to four (4) letters of reference, signed PT observation hours forms, TOEFL scores, official GRE scores sent via the Educational Testing Service, and foreign transcript evaluation reports, as required by participating programs. PTCAS does not hold applications for these missing documents, but individual programs will not consider applicants who are incomplete based on the local admission requirements.
Once an application is deemed complete by PTCAS, the service will compare original transcripts to the self-reported course information on the application to verify accuracy, calculate more than 20 PTCAS GPAs, and submit the verified application file to the applicant's designated PT programs. PTCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received.
PTCAS will begin to release application data to designated PT programs by late July. The first weekly mailing of newly verified applications will be released to programs on August 15, 2014. PT programs may contact applicants directly about their application within a few weeks after receiving the verified application from PTCAS or only after the PT program deadline has passed, depending on program policy.
Programs determine whether an applicant is eligible for admission and will notify applicants directly regarding all admission decisions. Programs may not take all PTCAS application fields into consideration in the admissions process. Admission policies and prerequisites vary significantly by program.
PT programs may also require applicants to send additional materials directly to the institution, known as supplemental materials. PT programs will not consider an applicant's file or offer acceptance until all required materials are received. Supplemental materials may include a graduate school application, official GRE scores, original foreign transcripts, or other items. Failure to submit all required materials by the program’s deadline may jeopardize an applicant's eligibility for admission consideration.