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DPT Admission Stage 1: PTCAS Application

Complete the PTCAS application online

The application is accessed through PTCAS. If you have any problems with the application process, please contact PTCAS by Email: ptcasinfo@ptcas.org  or Phone: 617-612-2040

Application Needs:

Step 1: Login to Application (https://portal.ptcas.org/?navID=10737427429

Select the “Create New Account” button to begin your application or enter your username and password to log back into to your current PTCAS application.

Read all PTCAS and program-specific instructions in order to properly complete the application process, including the submission of transcripts, references, test scores, PT observations hours, essay, custom materials, and other important items.

Step 2. Compose 2 essays. 1 is required by PTCAS and the other is a supplemental essay required by our institution.

Our essay: Write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes your educational plans, career objectives, commitment to your particular field of study, any research experience, your view of research and possible research interests, and personal goals. The essay may also address any of the following factors, which are qualities that will be acknowledged in the admission process:

  • Socioeconomic history
  • Family background (including level of educational attainment)
  • Personal talents, leadership capabilities, community service.

You can send our supplemental essay to the College of Graduate Studies along with your $40 application fee. You may also email the essay to: graduate.studies@angelo.edu, please make sure you indicate that the essay is for DPT application. 

  • College of Graduate Studies, ASU Station #11025, San Angelo, TX 76909-1025

Step 3. Order your academic transcripts.

Arrange for PTCAS to receive an official transcript from every US college and university you attended. PTCAS will not verify or forward your application until all official transcripts, application, and correct fee payment are received. Please be aware that the GPA is calculated using all grades, even those on repeated courses.

*We accept Exercise Physiology as an upper division science prerequisite from Texas A&M University, The University of Texas - Austin, and Texas Tech University. 

Step 4. Request that an official copy of your General GRE test scores be sent directly to PTCAS using the correct college code designated for our program. You may also request that they be sent directly to ASU for backup.

PTCAS will release your official GRE scores to a designated program if you have arranged for ETS to send it to that program’s “PTCAS GRE code”. If you do not send your GRE scores to the correct college codes, a program may consider your file incomplete, even if PTCAS received your official scores from ETS. For scores sent to a university GRE code, contact the College of Graduate Studies at ASU directly. 

GRE scores cannot be more than five years old.

GRE information:
Educational Testing Service, ASU Institution Code: 6644,  PTCAS Code: 7163
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 1-800-473-2255
Website: www.gre.org

Step 5. Enter Coursework/Check Prerequisites 

Report all United States and Canadian coursework attempted exactly as it appears on your official transcripts. You must include all attempted, failed, repeated, and withdrawn college courses.

Indicate if Course Fulfills a Core PT Prerequisite on PTCAS

  • Match 1 course to each core PT course prerequisite (unless quarter term or repeated course).
  • If you repeated a course, match all attempts to the appropriate prerequisite.
  • If no match, select “none” from list.
  • If you have taken advanced courses in the same subject, only match the introductory or general course to the appropriate prerequisite. For instance, do not match advanced biology courses to “Biology I .”
  • You may match your course to a prerequisite, even if there was no lab included.
  • The “I” refers to the first semester and “II” refers to the second semester.

*If you are unsure about a course counting for a certain prerequisite, please contact Dr. Shelly Weise in the PT Department (shelly.weise@angelo.edu) for clarification*

Step 6. Submit Volunteer/Observation/Paid PT Hours

Enter all of your paid or volunteer physical therapist (PT) observation hours on the application. If you have observed a physical therapist in more than 1 setting, select “add new entry” for each additional experience. Hours must be verified by a PT. You can complete electronic PT signatures (strongly preferred), or you can have physical therapists upload paper signatures if internet access is limited. 

*Applicants must complete at least 50 hours that includes two different areas of clinical practice.

Step 7.  Submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommendations must include a PT/health-related, academic (instructor or academic advisor) and personal. All recommendations through PTCAS are now electronic. *If you have filled up the 4 allowed references on PTCAS before completing a personal reference, then have your reference fill out the electronic form and either email (graduate.studies@angelo.edu) it or have them mail it to the College of Graduate Studies with the note that says who it is for and what it is. 

Electronic References

  • Enter the email address for evaluator.
  • PTCAS will automatically email the evaluator once the reference request is saved.
  • Alert the evaluator to watch for an email from noreply@ptcas.org with the subject heading “PTCAS Reference Request.”
  • If the email is not received, instruct the evaluator to check their spam and junk folders, or provide an alternate email address as some servers filter out messages from PTCAS.

*All application materials and forms must be submitted through PTCAS. Do not send any application materials to the Physical Therapy Department. 

Step 8. Pay the application fee: 

You will pay the PTCAS application fee through them, but you will also need to submit a supplemental application fee to the College of Graduate Studies at Angelo State. 

Pay Graduate Studies application fee of $40 with a check payable to “Angelo State University”.  International application fee is $50 and should be paid by international postal money orders only.

After submitting the full application, applicants will need to allow at least a month for processing. Once applications are processed, applicants must wait from notification from the Physical Therapy department as to whether they are moving on to Stage II with an interview. If not denied after completion of Stage I, applicants may receive an invitation to interview for a spot in the program. Please refer to Stage II processing. Deadline for Early Admission (fall interview) is October 3rd. Regular Admission deadline (spring interview) is January 16. 

For pre-application advising, transcript evaluation, or further information regarding Stage I, contact:

Attention International Students

International Applicants must submit TOEFL Scores. If English is not your first (primary) language, you must submit official TOEFL scores to TOEFL code 5312 by the application deadline. TOEFL scores cannot be more than two years old.

TOEFL information:

Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 1-800-468-6335
Website: www.toefl.org
ASU PTCAS Code: 5312

Enter TOEFL Information on PTCAS Application

Enter your TOEFL scores in the spaces provided. If you have taken the TOEFL multiple times, enter your scores for each date separately. Also enter any planned TOEFL test dates. Do not mix and match scores from different dates.

*Applicants should visit the College of Graduate Studies website for more information regarding requirements