A: Yes! PTCAS must receive an official transcript for you from every regionally accredited U.S. institution you have attended, regardless of whether this information appears as transfer credit on another transcript you had sent or if it was a high school dual enrollment course. You application cannot and will not be processed until all U.S. transcripts have been received.
A: NO. PTCAS only accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office. Unofficial, student-issued, and hand-carried transcripts are not accepted.
A: No. You can and should e-submit your PTCAS application as soon as you are confident that you have completed all sections accurately. PTCAS will accept your transcripts and other materials when they arrive, regardless of whether you have yet e-submitted your application.
A: Please follow these steps to print a Transcript Request Form for each institution you've attended:
Note: Official transcripts that arrive at PTCAS without the form enclosed may take longer to process. Including your PTCAS ID number as part of the address helps PTCAS match your transcript to your application. (For example, including PTCAS ID 20121200000 on the Address 2 line.)
A: No! Each bar-coded Transcript Request Form is unique to you and the institution you entered in the Colleges and Universities section. When mailing Transcript Request Forms, pay close attention to the name of the institution printed on each form. Transcripts sent without the appropriate Transcript Request Form may delay the processing of your application.
A: Yes. PTCAS requires an official transcript from every regionally accredited U.S. institution you have attended.
A: It can take up to 10 business days for PTCAS to show a transcript as received. Your college or university Registrar's office may take several days or weeks to process your transcript request once you submit it. PTCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the Registrar's Office. Sending your transcripts or other documents via overnight or express delivery will NOT expedite their processing once they arrive at PTCAS. PTCAS cannot guarantee the receipt of any mailed items, regardless of the method of delivery.
A: PTCAS will display images of your official transcripts to your designated programs(s), but will not forward original or photocopied transcripts. Your official transcripts are used in the processing of your application and remain at PTCAS. If your designated program(s) also requests an official transcript, then you will need to comply with the request.
A: No. Any documents received by PTCAS will be used for verification purposes and subsequently archived. PTCAS is not authorized to distribute any applicant documents for any purpose except the initial application to a participating PT program. PTCAS cannot make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances.
A: Do NOT send technical or vocational transcripts to PTCAS. Contact your designated PT programs directly to determine if they want to receive your technical/vocational transcripts.
A: A technical/vocational school is a private postsecondary institution that provides professional and technical, career-specific educational programs. The schools' education delivery focuses on providing job-specific training, not a broad, liberal arts education. For example, a school offering certification in massage therapy would be considered technical/vocational. Technical/vocational schools are often not regionally accredited, and should not be included in your PTCAS application.
A: PTCAS does not waive transcript requirements due to an applicant's financial obligations to a college or university. Applicants who are unable to obtain an official transcript from a college or university due to other extenuating circumstances must submit a signed letter of explanation on official letterhead from the appropriate institution or state department of education. PTCAS will evaluate transcript waiver requests on a case-by-case basis.