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 the PT hour requirements for your designated programs.
If PT hour verification is required by 1 or more of your designated programs, follow the instructions below.
Use this option if the physical therapist does not have Internet access or has previously verified your physical therapy hours on a different form (eg, university form).
This section allows you to upload your signed PT Observation Hours. Your signed PT Observation hours 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:
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 that supervised you during the experience or can verify your PT hours.
Select "yes", if you plan to ask the physical therapist to also submit a reference on your behalf. If you select "yes", you must also enter the individual's information in the References 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 for populates that the facility serves, 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 update 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 2015-2016 form. Once ready to apply, follow the steps for paper PT signatures.
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