Checklist

Apply early! It can take up to 5 weeks for PTCAS to verify your file, once it is in “complete” status.

Follow These Steps First
  • Review the instructions and program admission requirements.
  • Create a PTCAS application account.
  • Complete the “Colleges Attended” section first by entering all institutions attended.
  • Print a PTCAS transcript matching form for each institution attended.
  • Arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to PTCAS with transcript matching form enclosed.
  • Enter all United States and Canadian college courses using personal copies of your transcripts.

Complete Next Steps, If Required by Selected Programs
  • Enter all GRE scores on the application and arrange for ETS to send your official test scores.
  • Complete the References section, so your evaluators have adequate time to respond.
  • Complete the Observation Hours section, so a licensed physical therapist can verify your experiences.
  • Submit supplemental materials directly to your selected programs.

Helpful Tips
  • Do not enter your coursework from memory—Use your transcripts!
  • Do not wait for PTCAS to receive all materials before submitting your application.
  • Complete the “Colleges Attended” section of the application first. PTCAS cannot post transcripts to your application until this step is done.
  • Login to check status of your transcripts, references, GRE scores, and PT observation hour forms.
  • Arrange for all materials to arrive by the deadline.
  • Check your email daily for important messages from PTCAS and programs.
  • Review your application for accuracy before submitting the application.
  • Print a hard copy of your application for your personal records.
  • Do not apply to a program unless you meet its admission requirements.

International Applicants and Transcripts
  • If program requires a foreign transcript evaluation, request a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) through the Colleges Attended section of the application, and allow 4–6 weeks for the evaluation to display as received at PTCAS.
  • If a program requires an original foreign transcript, arrange for it to be sent to the program.
  • If English is not your primary language, determine if the program requires TOEFL.


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