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Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS)
Columbia University participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. Participation in this service helps simplify your application process. By using, a single web-based application and one set of supporting documentation, you can apply to multiple physical therapy programs. Please review all the information on the PTCAS website at as well as the information on this web site, under Prospective Applicants, to be sure that all admission criteria for Columbia have been met. If you encounter difficulty with the PTCAS, please do not contact the program. Inquires should be made directly to Customer Service at

The PTCAS application for the Class of 2018 opens July 1, 2014. Our application deadline is December 1, 2014. It is highly recommended that the applications be filed and completed prior to the deadline date.

Canadian and international applicants can file directly with PTCAS. Canadian applicants need to forward an official transcript to the program in addition to filing with PTCAS. International applicants need to have their transcripts evaluated through the World Education Service ( and a copy of this evaluation needs to be sent directly to the program. In determining the equivalency of a Canadian or international applicant's educational background in fulfilling the program's prerequisites for admission, the program is guided by the evaluation of educational credentials provided by the International Students and Scholars Office of Columbia University. The office can be reached at 212-854-3587 or Email: The Office's website is:

Early Acceptance
For the Class of 2018, Columbia will be participating in the Early Acceptance Option through PTCAS. Complete an application between July 1 and August 15, 2014. Have a scheduled program interview in September prior to the program notifying PTCAS of its decision by September 24, 2014. Early decision is binding.

Candidates applying for early decision consideration must meet the following criteria as detailed under Admission Requirements:

• Completion of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission, which must include all course work in the biological sciences including the upper divisional biology requirement.

• Have completed the minimum of 75 hours of volunteer or work-related experience in physical therapy.

• Have undergraduate and science prerequisite grade point averages of 3.650 or higher.

• Have minimum GRE scores of 160 (600) verbal, 148 (600) quantitative, 5 analytical writing.

• Submit 2 academic references and 1 physical therapy reference.

• Have an interview.