Enter all of your paid or volunteer physical therapist (PT) observation hours on the application. If you have observed a physical therapist in more than 1 setting, select "add new entry" for each additional experience. If you are a physical therapist assistant (PTA), enter your paid experience in this section. Paid experience may or may not be accepted by your designated programs. Your designated programs can view your PT experiences as part of your application, regardless of whether the hours are verified by a physical therapist.
Not all programs require PT hours or a signed form as part of the admissions process. Review the Directory for program-specific requirements. PTCAS will not determine if you met a program's hour requirements.
If PT hour verification is required by 1 or more of your designated programs, follow the instructions below.
This section allows you to upload your signed PT Observation Hour forms. Your signed PT Observation Hour form can be uploaded at any time during the application cycle; however, they cannot be edited or deleted once the application is submitted. Only 1 upload can be uploaded per experience. The file cannot be larger than 2 mb. The accepted file formats are:
Do not password protect your files. If you are having problems uploading your document, please make sure that you are using internet Explorer 9 (or higher), or the latest version of Firefox or Chrome.
If PT hour verification is not required by any of your designated programs, follow the below instructions:
Enter the name of a licensed physical therapist who supervised you during the experience and can verify your PT hours.
Select "yes", if you plan to ask the above PT to also submit a reference on your behalf. If you select yes, you must also enter the individual's information in the Reference section.
If unknown, leave item blank.
If unknown, leave item blank.
Email address is required for electronic PT signatures. You cannot change the email address after the experience is saved in your application.
If experience is planned or in-progress, enter the anticipated end date or leave item blank.
If you experienced multiple settings with the same PT, add a new entry for each experience separately in this section. An inpatient facility generally admits patients overnight. An outpatient facility has no overnight patients. Enter the number of hours completed, and the number of hours planned or in-progress for each setting.
Check off all that apply to the experience at the facility. Do not check off boxes that the facility provides, but were not observed during the experience.
If experience is planned or in-progress, enter the anticipated end date or leave item blank, as appropriate.
You can edit the PT observation hours section after you e-submit your completed application to PTCAS if the experience is listed as “in-progress” and is being verified electronically. Any changes will move your PT experience to “unverified” status. Your designated PT programs may not consider updated or unverified PT experiences in the admissions process.
Applicants are encouraged to have their PT observation hours verified electronically through PTCAS
at the time they apply, rather than use a paper form. However, applicants with PT hours previously verified on an old PTCAS (or other)
paper form, are not required to have those hours reverified using the new 2016-2017 form. Once ready to apply, follow the steps for paper PT signatures.