Application Checklist

  • Apply via PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service)
  • PTCAS Launch Date for the 2018-2019 Application Cycle: Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (a firm deadline)
  • Early Decision-Application Deadline to PTCAS: August 15, 2018
  • DPT Supplemental Application & Fee
  • Site Preference Indicator
  • Prerequisite Course(s) Retaken
  • General Record Exam (GRE) Score
  • Letters of Recommendation (Two Required)
  • Observation Hours (Min. of 50)
  • 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 ( will launch on Thursday, July 5, 2018, for the 2018-2019 application cycle. Please reference our "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 2019 DPT Program is October 1, 2018. It is a "firm" deadline. This means that all program and application requirements must be postmarked or received by PTCAS by October 1, 2018. This includes your PTCAS application, both program and PTCAS 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 (meaning at least two different populations/diagnoses), a completed and mailed supplemental application and fee (download the supplemental application and site preference form below), and your official GRE scores.

Early Decision Deadline

Students interested in applying for Early Decision (ED) must have their application submitted to PTCAS on or before August 15, 2018. Please log on to to review the ED instructions, as it is a binding contract and several requirements must be met for your application to be considered.

Supplemental Application, Fee, Site Preference Indicator, and Prerequisite Course(s) Retaken

All applicants are required to submit our Supplemental Application (click on the supplemental application and then click cancel) and Fee. The Supplemental Application MUST be downloaded (click on "save as") and completed on your computer, as it will automatically calculate your prerequisite GPA. Include ONLY those prerequisites required by our DPT Program. Mailing and fee instructions are noted on the last page of the spreadsheet. If the supplemental application is completed by hand, it will be returned to the applicant. Complete the form and mail it with your supplemental application and fee.

Note: If you have have prerequisite courses that you AP'd 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/instruction.

Additional information regarding the site selection procedure and/or the recalculation policy can be found here.

If you have retaken any of the prerequisite courses, you must complete the Prerequisite Course(s) Retaken spreadsheet and mail it with your Supplemental Application and Fee on or before 10/1/18.

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.

Observation Hours - Career Exploration

A minimum of 50 hours is required exploring physical therapy as a career. Included are the following: volunteer work, observation hours, work experience with a licensed PT, interviews, and professional journal reading. Observation hours must be obtained in at least two different professional settings with a licensed PT. "Setting" is defined as different patient populations and different diagnoses.

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.


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