Application Checklist

The deadline for application to the program beginning May 2021 is October 1, 2020. Any application that is received after that date will not be considered.

  • Apply via PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service)
  • PTCAS launch date for the 2019-2020 application cycle: early July 2020.
  • Early-decision application deadline to PTCAS: August 15, 2020.
  • DPT Supplemental Application & Fee
  • Site Preference Indicator
  • Prerequisite Course(s) Retaken
  • GRE -- send your scores directly to PTCAS using the code 7751
  • Letters of Recommendation (two Required)
  • Observations hours (minimum of 50 hours)
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: or phone: 989-774-1730).

PTCAS Application

All applicants must apply using PTCAS, an online application service. The PTCAS student portal ( will launch in early July 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. 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 observation hours in at least two different professional settings (at least two different populations/diagnoses), your completed supplemental application and fee (download the supplemental application below), and your official GRE scores submitted directly to PTCAS (code 7751).

Early Decision Deadline

Students interested in applying for Early Decision (ED) must have their application submitted to PTCAS on or before August 15, 2020. 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 and Prerequisite Course(s) Retaken Form

Applicants must submit our supplemental application and $50 fee. The supplemental application is an excel spreadsheet that calculates the GPA of your prerequisite courses. You must download the supplemental application and complete it on your computer, then email or mail it to us prior to the deadline. When you fill out the supplemental application, please only include those classes listed as prerequisites required by our DPT program.

Pay your application fee by credit card and email your completed supplemental application to graduate admissions.

Or, pay with a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to Central Michigan University and print out your completed supplemental application and mail both to: The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University, Health Professions Building 1250G, Attn: DPT, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.

Your supplemental application and $50 fee must be emailed or postmarked no later than 10/1/19.

Note: If you 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 send it with your Supplemental Application and Fee on or before 10/1/19.

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