PTCAS Participation Policy and Programs

Institutional Participation

All professional physical therapist (PT) education programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) with accredited or candidate status are invited to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). As per a decision of the APTA PTCAS Advisory Group, institutions that participate in PTCAS must require all applicants to the professional (entry-level) PT program to apply through the Service, including individuals who are given preference in the admissions process. There are no special provisions or exceptions in PTCAS for pre-PT students currently enrolled within the same university, undergraduate transfer students from selected feeder institutions, or other applicants/students who are given preference the PT admissions process.

EXCEPTION FOR NEW PARTICIPATING PROGRAMS: New participating programs for the next cycle that have already received applications for the upcoming entering class do not need to require those particular applicants to re-apply via PTCAS during the first year of participation. Once the next PTCAS web application launches, all future applicants to the professional (entry-level) PT education program would be required to apply through the service. New participating programs are encouraged NOT to accept applications until the PTCAS application is available in July.

PTCAS Participation Form for 2015-16 (Next) Admissions Cycle

To join PTCAS, a program must submit a signed PTCAS Institutional Participation Form (.pdf) to APTA. The agreement to participate in PTCAS is non-binding. The institution reserves the right to withdraw participation or join PTCAS at any point. PT programs are encouraged to submit a signed PTCAS Institutional Participation Form to APTA.

Information for Guaranteed Freshman Admission Programs

Programs that offer a guaranteed freshman admission pathway may choose full or partial participation status. To qualify for partial participation status, a guaranteed freshman admission program must have the following characteristics: (1) provide a mechanism for high school applicants to apply directly to the PT program in addition, or in lieu of, an undergraduate university application, (2) offer a separate application pathway for high school applicants who wish to earn a professional PT degree, and (3) send a student-specific message to each accepted high school student before they matriculate as freshman indicating that they are guaranteed entry into the professional PT program pending the completion of any stated contingencies (e.g., minimum undergraduate GPA).

  • FULL Participation: All high school applicants apply directly to the institution. In the year before they begin the professional phase of the PT program, guaranteed freshman admission students complete a PTCAS application. The PTCAS application serves as a data collection tool and does not jeopardize the applicant's guaranteed status. Students pay the base PTCAS fee to apply to one program. If desired, PT programs may opt to reimburse the students for the PTCAS fee or submit a lump sum payment directly to PTCAS to cover the application fees for these students. All college students and graduates to the professional (entry-level) PT program must also apply through PTCAS, regardless of any preference given in the PT admissions process. Freshman admission programs are encouraged to choose full participation status in order to obtain consistent data for all students in the entering class and to be able to compare the demographics and academic background of the local student population to the standardized PTCAS pool.
  • PARTIAL Participation for Freshman Admission Programs Only: All high school applicants apply directly to the institution. High school applicants accepted into a guaranteed freshman admission program are not required to complete a PTCAS application at any point. All other college students and graduates to the professional (entry-level) PT program must apply through PTCAS, regardless of any preference given in the PT admissions process. PTCAS cannot provide applicant data to CAPTE on behalf of partial participating institutions. This option is only intended for freshman admission programs that also accept college transfer students and graduates into the professional program.

Participating PTCAS Programs

Below is the list of participating PTCAS institutions as of 10/29/2014.

  • Alabama State University
  • Andrews University
  • Arcadia University
  • Arkansas State University
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • AT Still University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bellarmine University
  • Belmont University
  • Boston University
  • Bradley University
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Carroll University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Chapman University
  • Chatham University
  • Clarke University
  • Clarkson University
  • Cleveland State University
  • College of Mount St. Joseph
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Creighton University
  • Des Moines University
  • Dominican College of Blauvelt
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Duquesne University
  • East Carolina University (for the 2015-16 cycle)
  •  East Tennessee State University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Regents University
  • Georgia State University
  • Governors State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Husson University
  • Idaho State University
  • Indiana University
  • Loma Linda University
  • Long Island University
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
  • Lynchburg College
  • Marquette University
  • Marshall University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount University
  • Maryville University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
  • Mercer University
  • Mercy College
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Midwestern University - Downers Grove
  • Midwestern University - Glendale
  • Misericordia University
  • Missouri State University
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York Medical College
  • New York University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University- Fort Lauderdale
  • Nova Southeastern University- Tampa
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio State University, The
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pacific University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Radford University
  • Regis University
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rockhurst University
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Newark/North Campus)- formerly UMDNJ
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Stratford/South) - formerly Rutgers and UMDNJ
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Sage Colleges
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Springfield College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • St. Catherine University
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Temple University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Touro College
  • Touro University Nevada
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Findlay
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Jamestown
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mary
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore
  • University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Nevada- Las Vegas
  • University of New England
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of North Florida
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Saint Mary
  • University of Scranton
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Utah
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
  • US Army-Baylor University (for the 2015-16 cycle)
  • Utica College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Walsh University
  • Washington University of St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Coast University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Wichita State University
  • Widener University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Youngstown State University
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