Other Information

Language Proficiency

Please select your native language. If you speak more than 1 language, select the “Add Another Language” button to enter the language and your proficiency level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Military Status

Please select your anticipated military status at the time you enroll. Applicants who opt to report military experience will be required to provide the following related information:

  • Armed Forces Branch
  • Service Began (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Are you still serving?
  • Service Ended (MM/DD/YYYY)
Felony Information

PTCAS requires applicants to report any felony convictions. If you fail to provide accurate information when answering this question, you could jeopardize your application.

Programs might require criminal background checks or drug tests to verify your eligibility to participate in clinical education, to confirm your eligibility for physical therapist licensure, and to ensure patient safety. You may be required to complete a criminal background check prior to or after enrollment into a program. Please refer to PTCAS Criminal Background Check instructions for additional information. If you answered yes about a felony conviction, enter an explanation in the box. Include all of the following:

  • A brief description of the incident and/or arrest
  • Specific charge made
  • Related dates
  • Consequence
  • A reflection on the incident and how the incident has impacted your life

If you are convicted of a felony after you submit your PTCAS application, you must inform your designated programs that an action has occurred. You may also be required to report 1 or more of the following types of records directly to your designated programs with details about the judgements or disciplinary action:

  • Misdemeanor convictions
  • Arrests for misdemeanors and felonies
  • Adjudication withheld
  • Nolo contendere
  • Plea bargain
Academic Infraction

Indicate whether you have been disciplined for an academic performance or student conduct violation. If yes, include:

  • A brief description of the incident
  • Specific charge made
  • Consequence
  • A reflection on the incident and how the incident has impacted your life

If you answer yes, you will not automatically be disqualified from admission to a program. Full disclosure will enable programs to more effectively evaluate this information within the context of your credentials. If you fail to provide accurate information when answering these questions, you could jeopardize your application.

License Infraction

Any disciplinary actions related to professional licenses may be reported as part of a criminal background check process. If you fail to provide accurate information when answering this question, you could jeopardize your application. If you answered yes, you must enter an explanation. Describe the charge and circumstances related to the licensure issue.

Background Information

Educational and Environmental Background

APTA defines “underrepresented minorities” as racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented within the institution relative to their numbers in the general population, as well as individuals from geographically underrepresented areas, lower economic strata, and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The following items may be used by programs to determine if you are from an environmentally, educationally, or economically disadvantaged background or for research purposes. Check any of the following that apply to you:

  • I graduated from a high school from which a low percentage of seniors receive a high school diploma.
  • I graduated from a high school at which many of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches.
  • I am from a family that receives public assistance (eg, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, Medicaid, public housing) or I receive public assistance.
  • I am from a family that lives in an area that is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area.
  • I participated in an academic enrichment program funded in whole or in part by the Health Careers Opportunity Program.
  • I am a high-school dropout who received an AHS diploma or GED.
  • I am from a school district where 50% or less of graduates go to college or where college education is not encouraged.
  • I am the first generation in my family to attend college (neither my mother nor my father attended college).
  • English is not my primary language.

By designating any of the above, you are considered to have met the criteria for educationally or environmentally disadvantaged, as defined by the above guidelines.

Economic Background

To determine if you come from an economically disadvantaged background, use your parents’ income as reported on the most recent tax return. Reference the fee waiver table to determine if your parents’ current family income based on size of household is within the federal low-income level. Programs might use this information to determine if you are from an economically disadvantaged background or for research purposes.

Your parent’s family income falls within the table’s guidelines and you are considered to have met the criteria for economically disadvantaged.

  • Select yes if you believe you qualify as disadvantaged based on income. If you are unable to determine your parents’ earnings, or the 2016 tax returns do not reflect your parents’ household income while you were a dependent, you may still select yes to indicate you were raised at an economic disadvantage.
  • Select no if you believe you were not raised at an economic disadvantage, even if you qualified based on the criteria.
Geographic Background

The item may be considered by programs to determine your geographic background. Select 1 option from the list below.

What is the type of geographic area where you were raised?

  • Urban (1,000,000 population)
  • Large City (population 100,000 to 1,000,000 population)
  • Mid-size City (population 50,000 to 99,999 population)
  • Large Town (population 10,000 to 49,999 population)
  • Small Town (population 2,500 to 9,999 population)
  • Isolated Rural (population <2,500)
  • Do Not Wish to Report
Social Security Number

Your selected programs might require United States applicants to enter a valid Social Security Number (SSN). PTCAS and your selected programs use your SSN to help verify your identity. PTCAS will hide your SSN from your designated programs that do not require it. If you do not have an SSN and you are a United States citizen, contact your local Social Security Administration office or the national office to apply for a number. If you are not a United States citizen, leave the box blank.

Social Security Administration
Phone: 800/772-1213
Website: http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html

Academic Record

Does your academic record accurately reflect your capabilities? If no, describe why it does not. Present any information that may assist the admissions committee in interpreting and evaluating your academic history or credentials.

PTA Education

Select yes if you have graduated from a physical therapist assistant (PTA) program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Enter the PTA program in the Colleges Attended section. To view a list of programs, go to http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx.

Previous Physical Therapist Education

If you previously matriculated into a professional physical therapist degree program in the United States or abroad, you must do the following:

  • Select yes to this question.
  • Specify the physical therapist program from list.
  • If an international institution, select “Non-US (foreign) physical therapist program” from list.
  • Respond to item regarding whether you are eligible to return to the physical therapist program.
  • Enter the institution in the Colleges Attended section.
  • If the program is located in the United States or Canada, report all completed coursework in the Transcript Entry section and arrange for an official transcript to be sent to PTCAS.

If you enrolled in a pre-physical therapist or PTA program, select no.