GPAs

PTCAS calculates a standardized set of GPAs to help PT programs evaluate applicants using uniform criteria. PTCAS GPAs may differ from those calculated on your transcripts due to the grade standardization process. Programs may choose to use the PTCAS GPAs or calculate their own.


PTCAS GPAs Include…

  • Courses from regionally accredited United States colleges and universities only
  • Repeated courses
  • Study abroad courses, if on a United States transcript

PTCAS GPAs Do NOT Include…

  • Foreign courses (including Canadian)
  • Courses from NON-regionally accredited institutions
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • CLEP
  • Audit
  • Deferred
  • Institutional/Departmental Exam
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Incomplete
  • Pass/Fail
  • Withdrawn/Withdrawn Passing

CHECK YOUR PTCAS GPAs

Allow 4–5 weeks for PTCAS to calculate your GPAs once your file is complete. PTCAS will email you once your coursework is verified and GPAs are calculated. Login to your application to view your GPAs. If you have questions about your GPAs, contact PTCAS customer support.


PTCAS GRADE SCALE

Grade Scale Table
A/A+ 4
A- 3.7
AB 3.5
B+ 3.3
B 3
B- 2.7
BC 2.5
C+ 2.3
C 2
C- 1.7
CD 1.5
D+ 1.3
D 1
D- 0.7
DE 0.5
F 0

GPA CALCULATION RULES

 

  • REPEATED courses are included in GPAs
    • All repeated courses are included, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • FAILED courses are included in GPAs
    • All failed courses are included, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • If credits or grades are missing, courses are excluded from GPAs.
    • PTCAS will NOT calculate GPAs by totaling grade values and dividing by the number of courses completed.
  • PTCAS includes grades/credits from transcript where course was originally taken, regardless of transfer credit earned at other institutions.
    • The only exception to this rule is Study Abroad coursework that transferred to a United States institution with itemized credit and grades.
  • GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 semester-based system.
  • Quarter hours are automatically converted to semester hours.
    • Quarter Hours × .667 = semester hours.
  • Unit credits are converted to semester hours.
  • Grade value is multiplied by semester credits.
    • Grade value (e.g., “A”=4.0) × semester credits (e.g., 3) = Quality Points (e.g., 12)
    • “Total Quality Points” ÷ “Total Credits Attempted” = PTCAS GPA
  • PTCAS GPAs are rounded at the hundredths place.

PTCAS GPA DESCRIPTIONS

Overall Cumulative GPA
Includes all undergraduate and graduate.
Undergraduate Cumulative GPA
Excludes post-BS undergraduate courses.
Science GPA
GPA includes Anatomy and Physiology in Biology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.
Combined Science and Math GPA
GPA includes all courses in the Science GPA, plus Math.
Course Subject GPAs
Separate GPA for every PTCAS course subject:

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology – Other
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • English Composition,
  • Math,
  • Movement Science,
  • Other Course,
  • Other Science,
  • Physics,
  • Psychology, and
  • Social / Behavioral Science.
Core PT Prerequisite GPA
GPA based on courses identified as core PT prerequisites by the applicant in the “Coursework” section. Core PT prerequisites differ from program-specific course requirements. PTCAS does NOT verify that applicants have properly matched a course to the correct prerequisite.


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