Enter all of your paid or volunteer physical therapist observation hours on the application. If you have observed a PT 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. It is up to the individual program whether or not it accepts paid experience. Your selected programs can view your experiences, regardless of whether the hours were verified by a physical therapist.
Not all programs require PT observation 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 requirements for your selected programs.
Choose 1 option below.
You will upload an image of a paper hours form signed by the PT. Select "Upload a signed form verifying my PT observation hours." Select the "Add Document" button to upload the form. Accepted formats for uploads are .pdf, .doc (Microsoft Word), .rtf (Rich Text Format) or .txt (ASCII Text File) files only. Uploaded letters must be less than 5MB in size.
Select "I will not have my PT observation hours verified" if none of your selected programs require PT hour verification or if you will not request verification for this particular experience.
Enter the mailing address for the clinic or facility.
Enter the start date and end date, or anticipated end date, for this observation experience.
If you worked as a PTA, physical therapy aide, athletic trainer, or other type of employee at this facility, select "Paid." If you were a paid employee at the facility and also accumulated unpaid PT observation experiences, select "Both." All others should select "Volunteer."
Check and enter hours for all settings that apply to your experience in this facility. 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.
Enter the name of the licensed physical therapist who supervised you during the experience and can verify your PT hours.
If an office administrator at the facility will verify your hours in lieu of the physical therapist, enter the name and email address for the office administrator.
You may add new experiences at any time during the application cycle. If you have completed additional hours at a facility where you have already listed the experience, please create a new entry and list only the new hours completed.
After you e-submit your PTCAS application, you can do the following:
After you e-submit your PTCAS application you cannot make edits to the following:
To correct a request for verification of PT observation has been denied or rejected, do the following:
Last Updated: 6/7/2017