How to Apply | Physical Therapy

The Fall 2016 application cycle is closed. Applications for entry in Fall 2017 will be available this summer. Please check back for dates.

PTCAS Application and the online version of our Supplemental Application are available. Please click on the links below to access the applications.

2015-2016 PT Admissions Information

Event Deadline Resource
Application Cycle July 2015 to Oct. 15, 2015 Program Admission
PTCAS Application Deadline E-submit by 8:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 15, 2015 PTCAS Application
Supplemental Application Deadline

E-submit by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 15, 2015

Supplemental Application

On-Campus Interviews February 12th, 13th, & 27th. See below for details
Admission Decisions March 2016  
Program Start Aug. 2016  

Application Instructions for Admission

To apply to the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy, you must submit 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 from November to January, and invitations to interviews are sent by the end of January.

PTCAS Application Information

PTCAS Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

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 current 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. Students accepted in to the class average four PT settings, six patient populations and 300 to 500 hours. 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

PTCAS will accept up to our reference forms, however, Pacific University requires only two reference forms. Within the references submitted to PTCAS, one must be from a licensed, practicing physical therapist with whom you have worked, volunteered or observed. If possible, the other evaluation should be from a college faculty member, pre-professional committee, supervisor or employer.

The Personal Statement

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 other than 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, Science 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 2014 grades will not be used in the calculations of your GPAs because the application is due by Oct. 15.

Pacific University Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2015

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $25 (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. PTCAS will accept up to four reference forms, however, Pacific University only requires two references. If you submit more than the requiredtwo2 references, please specify in the designated application area which two references you would like us to review.


Respond carefully to the supplemental essay as instructed in the application. Please note the word limits for each essay response. Through the essay questions, we are trying to learn something about you as an individual, as well as your interest 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, specifically 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

Based on the review of the application by the Admissions Committee, the most competitive applicants are invited for an on-campus personal interview. The interview is required and is a strong contributing factor in the admission decision. It allows the Admissions Committee to assess essential skills and factors which may not be reflected in the application. In the interview, 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 2016

  • Friday, February 12th, Saturday, February 13th, & Saturday, February 27th

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.