How to Apply | Physical Therapy
2020-2021 PT Admissions Information
|Event||Date / Timeframe||Resource|
|Application Period||June 17, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2020||Program Admission|
|PTCAS Application Deadline||E-submit by 8:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 1, 2020||PTCAS|
Saturday, January 9, 2021
|Admission Decisions||February 2021|
|Program Start||August 2021|
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 interviews will occur in January 2021.
PTCAS Application Information
PTCAS Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2020
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.
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.
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 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 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 2020 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.
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 January 2021. 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:
- Question-and-answer session with current students
- Faculty interaction
- Tour of the Hillsboro Campus
- Overviews of Program and Clinical Education