How to Apply to the Physical Therapy Program

Application checklist

The deadline for application to the program beginning May 2023 is September 15, 2022. 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, 2022. See Admissions Requirements for a detailed list of requirements.

  • 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.

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 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 Students at