The 2017–2018 PTCAS admissions cycle begins on June 29, 2017.
Applicants may start and submit the PTCAS application as soon as it is
available. PTCAS will not accept application materials after June 1, 2018, when
the 2017-2018 cycle officially closes.
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.
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 will consider an application complete and ready for
transcript verification once the following items are received:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.