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PTACAS, the physical therapist assistant centralized application service provided by the American Physical Therapy Association, provides students and programs with a platform to more easily facilitate the admissions process.

PTACAS allows physical therapist applicants to use a single web-based application and 1 set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs. 

Applicants who apply through PTACAS submit a completed web-based application comprised of biographical data, institutions attended, academic course history, physical therapy observation hours, list of reference providers, work experiences, extracurricular activities, honors, professional licenses, and a personal essay. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and follow all PTACAS and program-specific instructions.

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The PTACAS application is only one step in the PTA program admissions process. You must meet all PTACAS and program requirements before your application will be reviewed.

Apply early! It can take up to 5 weeks for PTACAS to verify your file, once it is in "complete" status. Each program sets its own application deadlines. Be sure to review deadlines for each program prior to beginning your application preparation.


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Resources for prospective or participating PTACAS programs.

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Additional Information for Prospective PTA Students

Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants are educated and licensed clinicians who provide care under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Admissions Process for Physical Therapist Assistant Education Programs

APTA is developing a centralized application service for PTA programs. In the meantime, applications need to be sent directly to the PTA programs.

Resources for PT and PTA Students

APTA offers numerous opportunities to get involved and provides resources to support you now and into your career.

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