Enter up to four (4) evaluator names on your PTCAS application. Review the PTCAS Directory to determine the number and types of evaluators required by each institution.
Paper references are discouraged because they take longer to process. Arrange for only one reference to be sent to PTCAS per evaluator. PTCAS will not accept references mailed by applicants.
PTCAS will automatically e-mail you after each reference is received. After you submit your application, login to check the real-time status of your references.
Arrange for PTCAS to RECEIVE all of your references by the application deadline date selected by the program. Programs may not consider applicants who submit late materials. PTCAS does NOT enforce reference deadlines and will forward the references to your designated PT programs even if they arrive late.
PTCAS will begin to forward your references to your programs once your application is complete.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives applicants the right to access letters of reference written unless they choose to waive their right of inspection and review. Prior to requesting a reference from an evaluator, you must indicate whether you will waive your rights. PTCAS will display your waiver decision to your evaluator and designated PT programs. PT programs may interpret references as more honest and candid if you waive your right to see the letters. If you decide not to waive your right to the reference, then you must contact the evaluator or the PT admissions office directly to view the reference and you may be asked to explain your reasons for your choice during the interview(s). Your waiver decision on the PTCAS web application serves the same purpose as a legal signature, and is binding. Once your reference is received by paper or electronically, you cannot make changes to your waiver decision.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and read the full PTCAS instructions (.pdf), for additional reference instructions relative to:
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