Apply to the Physical Therapy Program

2020-2021 PT Admissions Information

Event Date / Timeframe Resource
Application Period June 15, 2021 to Oct. 1, 2021 Program Admission
PTCAS Application Deadline - The PTCAS application must be submitted on or before the application deadline. The PTCAS application can be verified after the application deadline. E-submit by 8:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 1, 2021 PTCAS

To be determined

Admission Decisions February 2022  
Program Start August 2022  

Application Instructions for Admission

To apply to the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy you must submit a PTCAS application with supporting documentation. Complete applications will be reviewed throughout the fall, and selected applicants will be invited to interview.

PTCAS Application Information

PTCAS Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021

Your 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 application.

Clinical Experience

The Admissions Committee encourages applicants to seek out observation experiences with a practicing, licensed physical therapist in diverse settings and with diverse patient populations. Examples of Physical Therapy 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. Documentation of these experiences will occur in the PTCAS application. The Admissions Committee recommends a minimum of 100 hours of paid or volunteer experience to cover the breadth of physical therapy practice described above.

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. Although PTCAS will allow you to submit up to four reference letters, Pacific University will only review two of the submitted references. Please specify in the program-specific questions which two references you would like us to review.

The Personal Statement

This is your voice in the application process.  This statement should not be repeated or rephrased within the Pacific University program-specific essay questions in PTCAS.

Official College and University Transcripts

Official transcripts from every institution you have attended should be submitted directly to PTCAS. Please review PTCAS application instructions for more information.

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.


Cumulative and Science and Math GPAs must each be a 3.2 or higher in order to have your application reviewed. These GPAs are calculated by PTCAS. Fall courses will not be used in GPA calculations because grades will not be available before the application deadline.


Please note the additional required essay question for re-applicants within our program information in PTCAS 


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


After an initial application review by the Admissions Committee, the most competitive applicants are invited for an interview in January 2022. The interview is required and is a 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 include:

  • Interview
  • Question-and-answer session with current students
  • Overviews of Program and Clinical Education