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For Physical Therapist Programs
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PTCAS Applicant Deadlines
Jan. 18Academic Update Priority Deadline
Date preferred by many programs for application to have completed the academic update process.
Feb. 1PTCAS Changes Document Posted
Suggestions made by applicants and programs for PTCAS are shared.
Feb. 15Academic Update Closes
Final deadline to submit newly completed coursework and updated transcripts through the academic update process.
May 31Application Close Date for Current Cycle
Application submissions no longer being accepted.
June 1Document Receipt Deadline
Last day PTCAS will accept documents from applicants (2021-2022 applicants).
June 2Professional Transcript Entry Approval Deadline
If you are using a professional transcript entry service, coursework must be approved date.
June 3Resubmission Deadline
If your application was sent back, this is the deadline for resubmitting it.
June 15PTCAS Application Submissions Open
Time to submit your applications. Applications are submitted beginning August 1, every 1st and 15th of the month or on the following business day should that date fall on a weekend or federal holiday.
Aug. 1Initial Application Submission Date For Each Cycle
Application deadlines can be submitted the first and fifteenth of every month, or on the following business day if the date lands on a weekend or federal holiday.
Oct. 1PTCAS Enhancement Suggestions Deadline
Your chance to provide PTCAS with feedback on the application process.
Dec. 15Academic Update Opens
Make updates to recently completed or planned/in-progress course work on already-submitted application.