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Most physical therapy schools in the United States use a centralized application service, the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The PTCAS does not make admission decisions, but processes all applications.

Application Fees

The cost for a PTCAS application is $135 for the first program you apply to. Any additional programs you choose to apply to will cost $40 per designation, even if you submit those programs later in the application cycle.

Application TImeline

APPLY EARLY! Many PT programs have multiple deadline dates (i.e., preferred, priority, or early decision) or operate on a rolling admissions process. The deadline indicates when your materials must arrive at PTCAS (and not at the program). You should e-submit your application as soon as it's complete and NOT wait for PTCAS to receive all of your transcripts or references.

Some programs offer “Early Decision” (ED) status through PTCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular PT program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one PTCAS program until a decision on your application has been made by your Early Decision program.

The Early Decision application deadlines are typically in mid August. In addition to completing the PTCAS application, you must arrange for PTCAS to receive all of your official U.S. transcripts and fee by mid August.

Early Decision candidates MUST take the GRE® and request scores by no later than July 31, if the GRE is required by the program. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the Early Decision deadline, PTCAS will automatically change your file from Early Decision to regular status.

Letters of Recommendation

Students will need a minimum of 4 letters of reference from faculty, advisors, mentors, doctors, and/or committees. Review the PTCAS Directory to determine the number and types of evaluators required by each institution.


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