How to Apply | Physical Therapy
2017-2018 PT Admissions Information
|Event||Date / Timeframe||Resource|
|Application Period||June 29, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2017||Program Admission|
|PTCAS Application Deadline||E-submit by 8:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 2, 2017||PTCAS|
|Supplemental Application Deadline||E-submit by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Oct. 2, 2017||Supplemental Application|
|PT Open House||September 21, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM
|Interview Notification||January 2018|
January 20, 2018
|See below for details|
|Admission Decisions||February 2018|
|Program Start||August 2018|
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 2018.
PTCAS Application Information
PTCAS Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2017
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.
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.
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 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, Science and Math, and Last 45 Semester Credit GPAs must be 3.2 or higher in order to have your application reviewed. These GPAs are calculated by PTCAS. Fall 2017 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. 2, 2017.
A non-refundable application fee of $40 (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.
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.
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 January / 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:
- 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 2018
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.