Application Checklist

The deadline for application to the program beginning May 2021 is October 1, 2020. Any application that is incomplete or received after that date will not be considered. The PTCAS launch date for the 2020-2021 application cycle is July 1, 2020.

  • Apply via PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service)
  • DPT Supplemental Application & Fee
  • GRE -- send your official scores directly to PTCAS using the code 7751
  • Letters of Recommendation (two required)
  • Observations hours - see note on temporary exception
GRE Test at Home
ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online. However, if neither the in-person or online testing options are possible for you, we will still consider your application if you let us know the reasons why you were unable to complete the GRE when you apply.

Visit the ETS website to take the test online.

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 a questions on the PTCAS application that demonstrates you have a good understanding of the scope and breath 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
  • Course-by-Course WES Foreign Evaluation
  • TOEFL Scores
  • I-20 Requirements
(Contact our CHP Graduate Admissions Office with any questions or concerns via email: chpgradadm@cmich.edu or phone: 989-774-1730).

PTCAS Application

All applicants must apply using PTCAS, an online application service. The PTCAS student portal (https://portal.ptcas.org/) will launch on July 1, 2020, for the 2020-2021 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 2021 DPT Program is October 1, 2020. 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 decision as an option for applicants and participating DPT education programs in PTCAS beginning with the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

Supplemental Application & Fee

Applicants must submit our supplemental application and $50 fee.

Please download the supplemental application form and follow the directions included with that application. You must submit both the form and the fee on or before the October 1, 2020 deadline.

General Record Exam (GRE)

All applicants are required to take the 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation (LOR) are required: One from a licensed PT and one from a professor that had you in his/her class. If one is submitted from a 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 he/she selects, as both LOR's must be sent directly to PTCAS from the recommenders (not the applicant). Instructions can be found on the PTCAS website.

International Students Only - Foreign Evaluation, TOEFL Scores, and   I-20 Requirements

Foreign Evaluation Requirement
Coursework taken at international institutions must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services), 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 (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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.

I-20

Applicants who are offered/accepted into the DPT Program, must submit to CMU's College 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 College of Graduate Studies at grad@cmich.edu.