HOW TO BECOME A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT?
Perform very well in all Pre-Requisite Courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics)
Score very well on the GRE (80th-90th percentile)
Obtain up to Five Letters of Recommendation from faculty/staff who know you well and can speak highly of your work ethic and desire to pursue physical therapy
Have strong clinical experience from volunteer or medical opportunities relevant to patient care and/or physical therapy
Plan out your 4 year or extended plan for classes & studying – and apply on time!
Be well rounded and show passion in non-medical opportunities shaped around community and leadership!
Create a unique personal statement which speaks clearly of your passion to pursue physical therapy. This personal statement should easily distinguish you from another applicant.
Practice proper interview skills and techniques
Engage in academic research & clinical science!
Seek the right counselors and mentors to keep you on track, motivated, and ready to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy
The application process can be pretty tricky. University Doctor has all the info you need to get you started! Find the useful resource below to get you along your way into the Medical School of your choice. Be sure to contact one of our University Doctor Faculty/Counselor to help you every step of the way!
Complete undergraduate coursework to include prerequisite courses
- Detailed list of requirements for each program found here:
Explore opportunities to gain practical experience working with patients in a physical therapy clinic or health-related setting.
Draft personal statement that responds to the following (PTCAS prompt):
- “APTA’s vision for physical therapy is ‘Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.’ How will you embody this vision as a future physical therapist?”
Request official copies of transcripts to be sent to you to aid you in filling out transcript entry portion of PTCAS
Contact potential letter writers
- Determine what types of letter writers (faculty, physical therapists) are required for each specific program
- Confirm the individual is willing to provide a letter of reference
- Provide them with description of programs you are applying to, copy of your CV & personal statement
- Discuss deadline date with evaluator
Create new account on PTCAS
Complete application through PTCAS
Complete biography, coursework, experience (employment, extracurricular, research, volunteer), achievements, standardized test scores (GRE) section
Request official transcripts be sent to PTCAS from every college you have attended.
- Provide registrar with PTCAS Official Transcript Request form
Upload letters of recommendation into PTCAS
- Evaluators must submit electronic letters of reference (eLORs) ONLY to PTCAS
- Alert evaluator to watch for an email from email@example.com with the subject heading “PTCAS Reference Request.”
All standardized test score (GRE) should be sent directly to designated programs
- List of GRE codes:
Designate programs to apply to
Input personal statement
- It is recommended to use a word processing program and then copying and pasting statement into text box.
Submit application fee
Print and REVIEW application for any errors or omissions
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It is never too late for anyone. There are numerous alternatives to Physical Therapy schools and paths that will allow you to still become a Physical Therapist. Whether it is seeking a competitive post-bacc, or taking time off to become a PTA, we will get you there!