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: email@example.com or Phone: 617-612-2040
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 the ASU Physical Therapy Admissions Committee.
For the ASU Admissions Committee essay (Supplemental 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.
3-5 business days after PTCAS verification of the file, the applicant will receive an email from ASU with instructions on how to set up a User Account. After the account has been set up the $40.00 supplemental application fee may be paid on line or a check or money order (made out to Angelo State University) can be mailed to the College of Graduate Studies (address below).
The supplemental essay must be mailed to the ASU Physical Therapy Department, ASU Station #10923, San Angelo, TX 76909 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of September 15, 2020. Please include your full name on the essay.
- College of Graduate Studies and Research, 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.
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.
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 and Research at ASU directly.
GRE scores cannot be more than five years old.
Educational Testing Service, ASU Institution Code: 6644, PTCAS Code: 7163
Princeton, NJ 08540
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. Kelly Moore in the PT Department (email@example.com) for clarification* Be sure to send a course description and your unofficial transcript.
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 2 PT/health-related, and 1 academic (instructor or academic advisor) or supervisor. All recommendations through PTCAS are now electronic.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 and Research at Angelo State.
** In order to pay Graduate Studies application fee of $40 a check payable to “Angelo State University” may be sent to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (address above) or by on-line payment. In order to pay on-line a user account can be used by following directions from the email that will be received 3-5 business days after verification of PTCAS file.
(International application fee is $50 and should be paid by international postal money orders only)
**Application must be submitted and verified in PTCAS by the deadline date to be considered. It may take up to a month for PTCAS to verify. Once applications are verified and processed, applicants must wait for 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 Admissions is September 15, 2020.
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.
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08540
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 International Graduate Student Admissions page for more information regarding requirements