Physical Therapy Program Application Requirements

Application checklist for Doctor of Physical Therapy

The deadline for application to the program is September 15. Any application that is incomplete or received after that date will not be considered. The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) launch date for the 2022-2023 application cycle is June 15.

  • Apply via PTCAS
  • Pay  $50 Fee.  There is no supplemental form to submit for this application cycle.  All requirements have been added to the PTCAS application.
  • GRE: send your official scores directly to PTCAS using the code 7751
  • Letters of recommendation (two required)
  • Observations hours - see note on temporary exception

PTCAS application

All applicants must apply using PTCAS, an online application service. The PTCAS student portal will launch on June 15, 2022, for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Please reference the PTCAS Program Directory to access each school's requirements. It will help ensure your application is complete and all application, admissions, and program requirements have been met. It will also assist in having your application processed in a timely manner.

Application deadline

The application deadline for our May Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is September 15. This is a firm deadline, which means all program and application requirements must be postmarked or received by PTCAS by that date.

Elimination of early decision option

In January 2020, APTA decided to eliminate early decisions as an option for applicants and participating DPT education programs in PTCAS beginning with the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

Supplemental fee

Applicants must submit our supplemental application and $50 fee.

There is no supplemental form to submit for this application cycle.  All requirements have been added to the PTCAS application.

Graduate record exam

All applicants are required to take the graduate record exam (GRE), and all scores must be sent directly from ETS/GRE to PTCAS. To ensure PTCAS receives your scores electronically, provide ETS/GRE with our code: 7751. We no longer accept paper copies.

Visit the GRE website for more information.

GRE test at home

We realize that the pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to successfully complete the GRE at a testing center, which is why ETS is offering a test-at-home option. Either testing option is acceptable. The GRE can be taken on your own computer at home and monitored by a human proctor online. Visit the  ETS website to take the test online.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required: One from a licensed PT and one from a professor that had you in their class. If one is submitted from a graduate assistant (GA), an approving recommendation must also come from the GA's supervising professor. The applicant is required to explain the process to the recommenders that they select, as both letters of recommendation must be sent directly to PTCAS from the recommenders (not the applicant). Instructions can be found on the PTCAS website.

Observation hours temporary exception

In normal circumstances, we also require a minimum of 50 career exploration hours. However, we recognize that due to the coronavirus pandemic, most facilities are currently limiting access to essential personnel only. Since this means some of you will be unable to acquire 50 hours of observation, the admissions committee is willing to accept what hours you have completed at the time of application. However, please be prepared to answer questions on the PTCAS application that demonstrates you have a good understanding of the scope and breadth of physical therapy practice. You may gain this understanding by researching the profession. This waiver applies to the current application cycle only. The admissions committee will continue to monitor the effect of the pandemic on students applying at future dates and make decisions on a year-to-year basis.

For international students only

International students must complete the following requirements.  Contact our CHP Graduate Admissions Office with any questions or concerns via email: or phone: 989-774-1730.

  • Course-by-course World Education Services (WES) foreign evaluation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
  • I-20 requirements

WES course-by-course foreign evaluation 

Coursework taken at international institutions must be evaluated by WES, as they are the sole provider of foreign evaluation services for PTCAS. The official WES course-by-course evaluation must be sent to PTCAS directly from WES.

Students from English-speaking countries are exempt, e.g., Canada, England, Australia, etc.

TOEFL scores

Prospective students who are not citizens of a TOEFL-exempt country must submit a satisfactory test score on the TOEFL or IELTS. Score requirements: 79 or 6.5 on the TOEFL/IELTS for regular admission, 61-78 or 5.5-6.0 for conditional admission. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please reference the Graduate Bulletin.

Visit the TOEFL website for more information.


Applicants who are offered/accepted into the DPT Program, must submit to CMU's Office of Graduate Studies an I-20 Affidavit/Statement of Support Form, along with evidence of financial support. For more information, please reference the Graduate Bulletin or contact the Office of Graduate Studies at