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.  First consideration may be given to Arkansas residents; however, highly qualified out-of-state applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and may successfully compete for admission.

Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application
  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. Observation hours to be documented in PTCAS and verified by a physical therapist – electronically or by written signature. Note that what constitutes “different” settings is outline on the program’s website.
  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.
  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.
  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 must be completed by the application deadline.  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.
    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. Interview: Qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview between November-December.
  7. International Applications: See International Applicants section in the Admissions/Academic Information 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 7th or December 10th, 2018, 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 a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. 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.

Admissions Timeline

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

July 6, 2018TENTATIVE Date for 2018-2019 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 by time of submission.
November through 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.

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