Application information below applies to applicants in the 2018-2019 application cycle.
There are three separate components of the application process that must be submitted. Applicants are responsible for verification of receipt of all documents to PTCAS and the Graduate School.
PTCAS Web-Based Application: The Physical Therapists Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association and allows you to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple physical therapy education programs.
Your PTCAS application, submitted online prior to the appropriate deadlines, must include:
In addition to the PTCAS online application, all applicants are required to apply to the Graduate School and pay a $35 application fee. PTCAS applications will not be reviewed until the Graduate School application and fee are received.
You must submit the application and fee by the deadline, but we recommend submission at the same time as the PTCAS application. This will ensure the application moves forward in the review process.
Note: As part of your Graduate School application you do not need to submit transcripts, test scores, letters of reference or complete the personal statement. You can submit the application without these materials. The department will provide these items to the Graduate School on your behalf.
Submit your GRE scores directly to PTCAS from the testing service using the USD PT/PTCAS Code - 7814. You only need to use the USD PT/PTCAS code and not the individual university and department codes. Due to changes in the GRE, it is strongly recommended that you complete your GRE exam by the dates below:
Full admission policies and procedures are available here.
Upon contingent acceptance into the physical therapy program, you will be asked to pay a $200 seat deposit, submit and pay for a criminal background check (approximately $100) and sign off that you are able to perform the tasks outlined in the Essential Functions and Technical Standards document.
We encourage you to refer to our application checklist to keep your application organized.
General questions about your application, application status, or prerequisites may be directed to Rita Humphrey (Rita.Humphrey@usd.edu or 605-658-6356). For specific questions concerning decision processes, contact Becca Jordre (Becca.Jordre@usd.edu).