PT Program Designations

Check the PT programs that you wish to attend. You must apply to at least one physical therapist institution before you can e-submit your final PTCAS application.  Apply early!

Supplemental Questions on PTCAS Application

Some PTCAS programs require applicants to respond to supplemental questions specific to their institution in addition to the standard PTCAS application questions. The PTCAS application will automatically prompt you to respond to any supplemental questions when you designate programs with this requirement.  You will not be able to submit your PTCAS application until you have responded to all mandatory school-specific questions for all of your designated programs.  Your designated programs will not receive your responses to school-specific questions for your other designated programs, if any.  To view the school-specific questions  for each program before you apply, visit the PTCAS program pages in the online Directory.

Programs may require applicants to submit a supplemental application or materials directly to the institution in addition or in lieu of school-specific questions included in the PTCAS application.


You must arrange for PTCAS to receive your application and all required materials by the earliest deadline date established by your designated PT programs. The PTCAS program deadline is NOT the date by which your verified application must arrive at your designated programs. Many PT programs have multiple deadline dates or operate on a rolling admissions basis. The PTCAS deadline on the application reflects the last deadline date offered by each PT program. Review the PT program admission requirements in the online Directory before you apply.

Deadline Enforcement

Each PTCAS program has selected a firm or soft deadline date.

  • “FIRM” DEADLINE - If the PT program selects a firm application deadline, you can NOT apply to the program after the deadline has passed.   Arrange for all materials to arrive by the deadline.
  • “SOFT” DEADLINE – If the PT program selects a soft application deadline, then you can still apply to the program after the deadline has passed. The program may give less or no consideration to applicants who apply after a soft deadline. Programs may move from a soft to a firm deadline at any point during the cycle. Visit the PTCAS Directory to determine whether a program operates on a rolling admissions basis.
Application Close Time

You must submit your PTCAS application on or before the earliest firm or close deadline set by your designated program(s).  Review the time zone list below to determine when the PTCAS application will close in your area:

  • 11:59 PM (EST)
  • 10:59 PM (CST)
  • 9:59 PM (MST)
  • 8:59 PM (PST)
  • 7:59 PM (AKST)
  • 6:59 PM (HST)
Late Materials

A PT program may deny your application if your materials arrive late. PTCAS does NOT enforce deadlines and will forward your verified application to your designated PT programs even if your materials (transcript, references, PT hours signature form, or fee) arrive after the deadline. PTCAS does not issue refunds for withdrawn applications or missed deadlines. PTCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar’s office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, nor does sending transcripts express or certified guarantee receipt by PTCAS.

Deadline Extensions

PTCAS does not accept deadline extension requests from applicants. Contact your designated PT program directly to request a deadline extension. If the PT program has a “firm” deadline, the PT program must notify PTCAS directly if it agrees to grant you a deadline extension. You have 48-hours to complete and submit your PTCAS application once the deadline extension is granted. PT programs are not obligated to grant deadline extensions or give consideration to applicants who submit application materials after the deadline.

Changing Your PT Program Designations after You E-Submit

Withdrawing Your Application – If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration from one or more PT programs, contact the institution directly.

Substituting or Deleting PT program Choices – PTCAS will not accept requests to substitute or delete PT program choices or refund application fees. If after delivering your PTCAS application, you wish to rescind your application to a particular physical therapist program, contact the institution directly to remove your application from consideration.

Adding a PT Program after Submission – You may apply to additional physical therapist programs after you e-submit your PTCAS application. To apply to additional programs, log onto your PTCAS application, designate additional programs, and pay the appropriate fee. Do NOT create a new PTCAS application to add new designations.

Supplemental Deadlines

In addition to the PTCAS application, PT programs may require you to send a supplemental application, fee, and other materials directly to the institution. The supplemental application deadline may be the same as the PTCAS deadline or a later date. Review the PTCAS Directory or contact the institution directly to obtain supplemental instructions or application.