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

  • Apply via PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service) - Reference CAS Application Timeline Commandments
  • PTCAS Launch Date for the 2017 Application Cycle:  Thursday, June 30, 2016 (by 5:00 p.m. EST)
  • Application Deadline:  October 1, 2016 (a hard deadline)
  • DPT Supplemental Application, Fee and Site Preference Form
  • General Record Exam (GRE)
  • For International Students Only
    • Course-by Course Foreign Evaluation Requirement
    • TOEFL Requirements
    • I-20 Requirements

(Contact our Admissions Office with any questions or concerns: chpadmit@cmich.edu, 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 Thursday, June 30, 2016 (by 5:00 p.m. EST) for the 2017 application cycle.  Please reference the "Program Directory" tab at the top of the PTCAS web page to access each program's application and program requirements.  It will help insure your application is complete, and will get processed in a timely manner.   ​

Application Deadline

The application deadline for our May 2017 DPT Program is October 1, 2016.  It is a "hard" deadline.  This means that ALL program and application requirements must be received by  10/1/2016:  a complete 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 (meaning at least two different populations/diagnoses), a completed and mailed supplmental application/fee and site preference form - see Section 3, and your official GRE scores sent electronically from ETS to PTCAS by providing ETS with our GRE code....see GRE section below.   

Supplemental Application, Fee, and Site Preference

ALL applicants are required to submit our Supplemental Application, Fee and Site Preference Form.  The supplmental 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.  The Site Preference Form can be completed by hand.  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.     

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/instruction.    

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 insure PTCAS receives your scores electronically, provide ETS/GRE with our code:  7751 Central MI U PTCAS.  We no longer accept paper copies

DO NOT have have your GRE scores sent to PTCAS prior to the launch date and/or prior to e-submitting your application; otherwise, your scores will have to be resent and you will have to pay the fee again.  

Visit the GRE web site for more information.

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.  Official transcripts and an official course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University, HPB 1212, Mt. Pleasant, MI  48859. 

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 and 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 Affadavit/Statement of Support Form, along with evidence of financial support.  For more information, please refrerence the Graduate Bulletin or contact the College of Graduate Studies at:  grad@cmich.edu.