• PTCAS Applicant Help Center (2018-19)

    2018-19 Application Cycle

    The 2018–2019 PTCAS admissions cycle begins on July 5, 2018.  Applicants may start and submit the PTCAS application as soon as it is available. PTCAS will not accept application materials after June 1, 2019, when the 2018-2019 cycle officially closes. 

    Program Eligibility

    All physical therapist education programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with accredited or candidate status are invited to participate in PTCAS. 

    Role of PTCAS

    The purpose of PTCAS is to facilitate the admissions process for applicants and programs, promote the physical therapist profession and education programs to a broad spectrum of applicants, and provide rich applicant data for institutional, regional, and national analysis. PTCAS serves as a clearinghouse for application data. APTA and PTCAS do not play a role in setting programs’ admissions criteria, determine whether an applicant is eligible for admission, or make admission decisions on behalf of a program.

    PTCAS Processing Overview

    PTCAS will consider an application complete and ready for transcript verification once the following items are received: 

    • Submitted PTCAS application
    • Official transcripts from every United States and Canadian institution attended
    • Correct PTCAS application fee  

    PTCAS will also accept up to 4 letters of reference, signed PT observation hours forms, official GRE scores sent via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PTCAS GRE codes, TOEFL scores, and foreign transcript evaluation reports from World Education Services (WES), as required by participating programs. PTCAS does not hold applications for these missing documents.

    Equal Opportunity Statement

    PTCAS and APTA value diversity and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws related to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. As such, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, creed, disability or health status, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of their policies, practices, or procedures.

    Physical Therapy Technical Standards and Essential Functions 

    Neither APTA nor PTCAS has adopted any policies or positions regarding the essential skills or technical standards necessary to practice or function as a physical therapist. However, individual DPT programs generally have these types of policies in place. A program’s technical standards or essential skills document may describe the physical, behavioral, or cognitive abilities needed to complete the physical therapist curriculum at that particular institution, along with the necessary skill set to competently perform as a physical therapist upon graduation. Contact your selected programs directly regarding program-specific policies.

    Role of PT Programs

    DPT programs determine whether an applicant is eligible for admission and will notify applicants directly regarding all admission decisions. Programs do not have to take all PTCAS application items into consideration in the admissions process. Admission policies and prerequisites vary significantly by program. Some programs will might contact applicants directly about their application immediately after an application is processed by PTCAS, others after a few weeks, and others only after the deadline has passed.

    Role of APTA

    APTA is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 95,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system. APTA does not provide information to applicants about the PTCAS process or their application status. Please contact PTCAS customer support or programs directly for PTCAS inquiries.