Early Decision

Some programs offer "Early Decision" through PTCAS. Early Decision is a binding option for applicants who have decided that 1 particular program is their first choice. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only 1 program that participates in Early Decision. If accepted as an Early Decision applicant, you will not be permitted to apply to any additional programs in PTCAS during the application cycle. You should only apply as an Early Decision candidate if you are certain you want to attend that particular program. If not, apply as a regular applicant instead.

Early Decision Deadline

The Early Decision application deadline is August 15, 2017. In addition to completing the PTCAS application, you must arrange for PTCAS to receive all of your official United States and Canadian transcripts and fee by August 15. 

GRE Deadline for Early Decision

Early Decision candidates must take the GRE® and request scores no later than July 31, 2017, if the GRE is required by the program. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the Early Decision deadline, PTCAS will automatically move your file from Early Decision to regular status.

Program Decisions

PTCAS institutions are required to make admission decisions on Early Decision candidates no later than September 25, 2017. The program will choose to accept or deny an applicant, or move an Early Decision application to regular status. Applicants who are denied or moved to the regular pool will be permitted to apply to additional programs for an additional fee by September 26. 

It is possible that programs participating in the PTCAS Early Decision process will fill their next entering class with Early Decision applicants before their regular deadline date passes. If so, the program might consider applicants in the regular pool for wait-list positions only. 

Programs Participating in the Early Decision Process (as of 8/21/2017):

  • Arcadia University
  • Armstrong State University
  • AT Still University of Health Sciences
  • Bellarmine University
  • Belmont University
  • Briar Cliff University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Campbell University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Chapman University (for class beginning fall 2018)
  • Chapman University (for class beginning summer 2018)
  • Clarke University
  • Clarkson University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia State University
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • High Point University
  • Kean University
  • Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
  • Lynchburg College
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Midwestern University - Downers Grove
  • Midwestern University - Glendale
  • Missouri State University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York Medical College
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
  • Nova Southeastern University - Tampa (Hybrid 4-Year Program)
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio State University
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions - (for the class beginning in September 2017)
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions - (for the classes beginning in summer and fall)
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Sage Colleges, The
  • Saint Francis University
  • Samford University
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • South College
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Temple University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Touro College (Bayshore/Manhattan)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Mary
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore
  • University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
  • University of New England
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The
  • University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Widener University
  • Wingate University