How to Apply

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Application Process and Timeline

The regular application deadline is the first Monday in October.  All necessary documents for applications must be submitted via our online application system, www.ptcas.org.  All applicants must also complete an Online Admissions Application (OAA) to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Health Professions by the first Monday in October.

IMPORTANT information about PTCAS and your application:

  • The PTCAS application, additional documents, the UAMS College of Health Professions supplemental application, and all other required documentation must be submitted by October 1, 2019
    • Required documentation are:  essays, letters of recommendation, official GRE scores, observation hours (must be verified by licensed Physical Therapist), and resume.
    • The UAMS College of Health Professions Online Admissions Application can be accessed at http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/prospective-students/apply/
      • Note:  If the Online Admissions Application is not complete, the candidate’s entire application will be considered incomplete.
  • We understand it may take time for PTCAS, evaluators, and physical therapists to verify different aspects of your application.  Therefore, we recommend that you apply early in order to meet verification deadlines.
  • NOTE – All applicant information must be received and verified in PTCAS by November 1, 2019.  Incomplete applications WILL NOT be reviewed.
    • All transcripts must be verified by PTCAS by this date.
    • All official GRE scores must be received in PTCAS by this date.
    • All observation hours must be verified by a licensed physical therapist by this date.
    • All letters of recommendation must also be received by this date.
  • All required materials should be uploaded to PTCAS.  Mailed copies will not be accepted.
  • Required documentation are:  letters of recommendation, official GRE scores, observation hours (must be verified by licensed Physical Therapist), and resume.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to check PTCAS frequently to ensure all your required information has been received and verified in PTCAS.
  • You must also update Fall grades in PTCAS per the Academic Update deadlines.

Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required, must be completed by the first Monday in October, and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Graduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof PROF
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
    -Academic Plan: Physical Therapy DPT
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. Documentation of Observation Hours: Completion of a minimum of 60 observation hours (paid or voluntary) in a variety of physical therapy settings including at least 20 hours in each of two separate settings such as outpatient, acute care, rehab/sub-acute rehab, extended care facility, nursing home, home health, wellness/prevention/fitness, industrial/occupational health, and school/preschool. For example, 40 hours in outpatient, 15 hours in pediatrics, and 10 hours in acute care may meet the 60 observation hour requirement, but it does not meet the minimum of 20 hours in 2 separate settings.  Observation hours to be documented in PTCAS and verified by a physical therapist – electronically or by written signature.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure all hours are verified by a licensed physical therapist through PTCAS no later than the first Monday in November. Observation hours that are not verified or do not meet the minimum requirements will be considered as an incomplete application and will not be reviewed.
  3. Reference Letters: Two reference letters are required.  One reference letter must be from a licensed Physical Therapist.  Other eligible references are listed on the Admissions Requirements page.  Applicants will be required to enter the reference name and email address on the online application.  The information will automatically generate an email to the references with instructions for completing and submitting the reference form.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure all reference letters are received through PTCAS no later than the first Monday in November. Applicants not meeting this minimum requirement will not be reviewed.
  4. GRE Scores: GRE scores are required and may be used for ranking candidates.  Use Institution Code 2121 for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences PTCAS.  The GRE must be taken within 5 years of application to the program. The program will consider the highest overall GRE score if taken multiple times. The GRE must be officially submitted to PTCAS. Unofficial or applicant reported scores will not be accepted.
  5. Official Transcripts: A bachelor’s degree completed by the start of the DPT program along with specific prerequisite coursework and a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for consideration for admission.  Note that 24 of the 33 required semester credits of pre-requisite courses (a minimum of 8 courses) must be completed by the application deadline.  If prerequisite coursework was repeated, the program will use the highest grade in the prerequisite GPA calculation. All grades, regardless of times a course was taken, will be considered within the cumulative GPA.  Admission to the program for students who have completed 24 out of the required 33 semester credits will be conditional pending the completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better before matriculation.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure all transcripts are received and verified by PTCAS. If all transcripts are not received and verified by PTCAS by the first Monday in November, the application will be considered incomplete.
    Note: If you are admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program you will also need to provide official transcripts from all colleges where courses were still in-progress at the time of the PTCAS verification deadline.
  6. CASPer Test – Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics: CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. Applicants will need to register for the CASPer test at http://www.takecasper.com and choose the school code for UAMS Physical Therapy. The CASPer test must be taken early enough to have the results received at by UAMS by Nov 1st . Check the CASPer website for available test dates.
  7. Interview: The top applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview between November-December.
  8. International Applications: See International Applicants section in the Admissions section of the catalog; includes information about TOEFL scores, international transcript evaluation, etc.

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be personally notified of their interview date, which will be on either December 5th or 6th, 2019, and will be held on the UAMS NW campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

PLEASE NOTE: The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is unable to accept applications from international students with F-1 visas at this time.

**All accepted applicants must consent to and pay for a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation.  The company this will be conducted through, fees, and dates of completion will be provided in the offer of admission packet. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results.  Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program.  Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.  No student will be accepted into program who would not be eligible for Arkansas Physical Therapy licensure (refer to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy for details: https://www.arptb.org/).

Admissions Timeline

This schedule represents the admissions timeline in a typical year. In any given year, the schedule may have to be adjusted.

July 5TENTATIVE Date for PTCAS Application to Open
First Monday in OctoberDeadline for regular admission. Note – applicants must have completed at least 24 of the 33 required hours of pre-requisite courses (minimum of 8 courses) by time of submission.
November All aspects of the application must be received and verified by PTCAS by the first Monday in November
December Interviews for regular admission applicants.
December through January Initial acceptance letters for regular admission and alternate letters mailed. All accepted applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $500 matriculation deposit at time of acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards the first semester’s tuition.
AugustEntering cohort begins first semester of DPT program.

To learn more about the Accreditation Status of the Physical Therapy program, please CLICK HERE