General Instructions

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Application Cycle

The 2017–2018 PTCAS admissions cycle begins on June 29, 2017. Applicants may start and submit the PTCAS application as soon as it is available. PTCAS will not accept application materials after June 1, 2018, when the 2017-2018 cycle officially closes.

Processing Overview

PTCAS will consider an application complete and ready for transcript verification once the following items are received:

  • Submitted PTCAS application
  • Official transcripts from every United States and Canadian institution attended
  • Correct PTCAS application fee

PTCAS will also accept up to 4 letters of reference, signed PT observation hours forms, official GRE scores sent via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PTCAS GRE codes, TOEFL scores, and foreign transcript evaluation reports from World Education Services (WES), as required by participating programs. PTCAS does not hold applications for these missing documents.

Equal Opportunity Statement

PTCAS and APTA value diversity and comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws related to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. As such, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, creed, disability or health status, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of their policies, practices, or procedures.

Physical Therapy Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Neither APTA nor PTCAS has adopted any policies or positions regarding the essential skills or technical standards necessary to practice or function as a physical therapist. However, individual DPT programs generally have these types of policies in place. A program’s technical standards or essential skills document may describe the physical, behavioral, or cognitive abilities needed to complete the physical therapist curriculum at that particular institution, along with the necessary skill set to competently perform as a physical therapist upon graduation. Contact your selected programs directly regarding program-specific policies.