A: YES. The PT will need to complete two separate forms. The PTCAS Observation Hours form does not provide a mechanism for the physical therapist to comment on your abilities or attitudes.
To request a reference from the PT, enter the individual's information in the REFERENCE section of the PTCAS application and follow the instructions. Submit the completed reference to PTCAS. Enter your PT experience in the PT OBSERVATION HOURS section and select by which method the hours will be verified. If being verified by paper, please send the signed verification form back to PTCAS.
A: Leave the license number field blank, if unknown. If one or more of your designated programs requires the physical therapist to verify your hours with a signature, instruct the PT to enter his/her license number directly onto the online or paper PTCAS form.
A: Yes, you may list the same PT as the verifier of multiple experiences using the paper verification form only. Individuals may be listed as an electronic verifier only once.
A: No. The PT Observation Hours section is optional, so you are not required to enter any PT experience. It is, however, in your best interest to enter any paid or volunteer experience on your PTCAS application to improve your chances for admission, even if it is not required.
A: No. If your designated program(s) do not require a physical therapist to verify your PT experiences, do not request a PT signature. Instead, you should only enter your PT experiences on the PTCAS application.
A: An inpatient facility is generally located in a hospital or rehabilitation clinic that admits patients overnight. An outpatient facility is generally located outside of a hospital setting.
A: Once you have entered the experience, select “Electronic” as the verification method and save the experience. Click the “Send For Verification” button on the main Physical Therapy Observation Hours section home page screen in the application. PTCAS will send an automated e-mail to the physical therapist.
A: If the PT cannot verify your hours for any reason, they are required to enter the reason for not being able to verify the information you entered. PTCAS will notify you via e-mail of the reason and give you the opportunity to update your PT experience so that it may be verified.
A: You must still select a verification format. If no verification is required, select “paper”. Do not print or mail in the verification forms to PTCAS.
A: It depends. If you selected “electronic” verification type, you may update your in-progress PT Observation experiences, unless verification is already pending on the experience. You can NOT update any PT experiences marked as “Complete” or with “Paper” verification status.
A: Yes, if the hours were initially verified electronically, they may be re-verified by a physical therapist. After saving the changes to the experience, click the “Send for Verification” button again to have a request sent to the physical therapist. You can NOT make changes to your PT experiences marked as complete, verified using the paper form, or after the end of the application cycle.
Note: DO NOT click the “Send for Verification” button again unless you have updated the entry with additional hours. Please check the Status > PT Observation Hours section to determine if the hours have been initially verified.
A: Yes, you may delete an experience as long as a request for verification is not currently active and not yet submitted by a physical therapist, or if the entry is for paper verification. Once a request for verification is sent or the physical therapist has verified your PT hours, you may not delete the experience from your application.