How to Apply | Physical Therapy

2016-2017 PT Admissions Information

Event Deadline Resource
Application Period July 1, 2016 to Oct. 17, 2016 Program Admission
PT Open House September 22, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Register for
Open House
PTCAS Application Deadline E-submit by 8:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 17, 2016 PTCAS Application
Supplemental Application Deadline

E-submit by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 17, 2016

Supplemental Application

On-Campus Interviews

Friday, February 3
Saturday, February 4
Saturday, February 11

See below for details
Admission Decisions March 2017  
Program Start August 2017  

Application Instructions for Admission

To apply to the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy you must submit both a PTCAS application and a Pacific University Supplemental Application. Both applications must be electronically submitted by the deadline dates in order to be considered. Applications will be reviewed throughout the fall, and invitations for on-campus interviews will be sent in January 2017.

PTCAS Application Information

PTCAS Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2016

Your primary application will be submitted to PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application Service). All transcripts and evaluations are submitted directly, and only, to PTCAS. Pacific University does not wish to receive any additional copies of these documents. Below is a brief description of the required sections in the PTCAS applicaiton.

Clinical Experience

You must have a minimum 100 hours of work, volunteer or observation experience completed at the time you submit your application. These hours must be completed under the supervision of a currently practicing licensed physical therapist. The Admissions Committee strongly encourages applicants to seek out observation experiences in diverse settings to provide an understanding of inpatient and outpatient populations. Accepted students average four PT settings, six patient populations and 300 to 500 hours of experience. Examples of PT settings may include, but are not limited to, hospitals, clinics (sports medicine, pediatrics, hand therapy), private offices, home health, skilled nursing/extended care facilities and schools.

Evaluation Forms/References

Pacific University requires two reference forms be submitted to PTCAS. One reference must be from a licensed, practicing physical therapist with whom you have worked, volunteered or observed. The second reference should be from a college faculty member, professional supervisor, pre-professional committee member, or employer.

The Personal Statement

This is your voice in the application process.  This statement should not be repeated or rephrased within the Pacific University Supplemental Application essay requirements.

Official College and University Transcripts

Official transcripts from every institution you have attended should be submitted directly to PTCAS.

GRE Scores

GRE scores are not required for Pacific University School of Physical Therapy. GRE scores reported on the PTCAS application are not used in the evaluation of the application.

The TOEFL Exam

For applicants whose first language is not English, official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required to be submitted to PTCAS. The physical therapy program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 internet-based, with minimum sub-section scores. More information about the English Proficiency Policy can be found within Pacific University’s supplemental application.


Cumulative, Prerequisite, and Last 45 Semester Credit GPAs must be 3.00 or higher in order to have your application reviewed. These GPAs are calculated by PTCAS. Fall 2016 courses will not be used in GPA calculations because grades will not be available before the application deadline.

Pacific University Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2016.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 (U.S.) must be paid at the time you submit the supplemental application. Applicants will have the option to pay online via credit card or check.

Applicant Information and Signature Page

You must complete all information and electronically sign the signature line.

Evaluation Forms/References

All reference forms should be submitted directly to PTCAS. Although PTCAS will allow you to submit up to four reference letters, Pacific University will only review two of the submitted forms .  Please specify in the designated application area which two references you would like us to review.


Respond carefully to all essays as instructed. Please note the word limits for each essay response. The essays are your opportunity to teach the admissions committee something about you as an individual, and to explain your interests in the field of physical therapy.  Do not repeat or rephrase your Personal Statement from the PTCAS application.


Please note the additional required essay question for re-applicants to the Pacific University Physical Therapy Program.


The optional essays are an opportunity to provide any additional information about yourself for consideration, including explanations for any prerequisite or coursework issues.

Prerequisite Worksheet

Enter coursework you have completed or plan to complete by the start of the program in August. You must have a plan to complete all prerequisite coursework listed on the worksheet. Science and statistic coursework must be completed within seven years of matriculation.

The On-Campus Interview

After an initial application review by the Admissions Committee, the most competitive applicants are invited for an on-campus personal interview in February. The interview is required and is a strong contributing factor in the admission decision.  Consideration is given to candidates’ knowledge of the profession, motivation toward a career as a physical therapist, ability to think clearly and logically, self-confidence, and verbal expression of ideas.

The interview will be conducted over a full day and will include:

  • Interview
  • Question-and-answer session with current students
  • Faculty interaction
  • Classroom visit
  • Tour of the Hillsboro Campus
  • Overviews of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Life

Interviews for Fall 2017

Invited interview candidates will receive a two to three weeks notice to allow time to arrange travel and accommodations. The interview packet will provide further information about the area and recommended places to stay. The interview will take place at the Hillsboro Campus and can be accessed via the MAX light rail train from the Portland Metro area.