Application Requirements

​ Application Checklist (Scroll down to take action on each of these items)

  • Application Deadline - October 1, 2015 (hard deadline)
  • Apply via Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) - Student portal launches on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
  • CMU Supplemental Application, Fee, and Site Preference Form
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • International Applicant Requirements (International Students Only)
    • ECE, WES, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. Requirements
    • TOEFL
    • I-20
(Contact our Admissions Office with any questions or concerns:, 989-774-1730)

1.  Application Deadline

The application deadline for our May 2016 DPT Program is October 1, 2015.  This is a "hard" deadline.  This means that ALL program and application requirements must be received by  10/1/2015:  A completed and verified PTCAS application, two essays, two letters of recommendation (one from a licensed PT and one from a faculty member), a minimum of 50 observations hours in at least two different professional settings, a completed and mailed supplmental application and fee and site preference form - see Section 3, official GRE scores sent electronically from ETS to PTCAS by providing ETS with our GRE code....see Section 4.   


2.  PTCAS Application

ALL applicants must apply using PTCAS, an online application service. The PTCAS student portal ( will launch on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, (tentatively around Noon) for the 2016 application cycle.  Please reference the "Program Directory" link at the top of the PTCAS page to access each program's information on their specific application and program requirements.  

If you start the process prior to the July 1, 2015, launch date, your information will be deleted when they upload their site for the new application cycle. 

3.  Supplemental Application, Fee, and Site Preference

ALL applicants are required to submit our Supplemental Application, Fee and Site Preference Form.xls.  The Supplemental Application and Site Preference Form MUST be downloaded (click on "save as") and completed on your computer, as it will automatically calculate your prerequisite GPA and provide the program with your site preference selection(s).  Include ONLY those prerequisites required by our DPT Program.  Mailing and fee instructions are noted below your signature line.  Do not complete the supplemental application by hand.  It will be returned to you.   

Note:  If you have prerequisite courses that you APd out of, leave the grade point and credit hour fields blank on the supplemental application.  However, we still need you to note the course title.  Supporting documentation is required if the AP course does not appear on your college transcripts.  Contact our office should you need further clarification.    


4.  Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

ALL applicants are required to take the GRE.  All scores must be sent directly from ETS to PTCAS.  To insure ETS receives your scores electronically, provide them with our code:  7751 Central MI U PTCAS.  We no longer accept paper copies. 

Visit the GRE web site for more information.


5.  (International Students Only) ECE, WES, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. Requirements

Coursework taken at international institutions must be evaluated by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), WES (World Education Services), or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. Official transcripts and an official course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, HPB 1212, Mt. Pleasant, MI  48859.  Students from English-speaking countries are exempt, e.g., Canada, England, Australia, etc.

Note:  Beginning July 2014, PTCAS will make WES the sole provider of foreign evaluation services.  Foreign evaluations from Josef Silney and ECE will be sent directly to the institution (and no longer to PTCAS).

6. 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 and 6.0 for conditional admission. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please reference the Graduate Bulletin.

Visit the TOEFL website for more information.


7.  I-20

International students are required to 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 - via above link.