Appendix C: Timeline for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Applicants


Applying in 2 Years (typically fall of Sophomore Year)

September

  • Look through the Pre-Health Handbook.
  • Choose courses very carefully to meet prerequisite requirements but avoid overloading yourself with difficult courses (grades are much more important than they were freshman year).

October/November

  •  Meet with your advisor and keep him/her abreast of your progress and problems.
  • Take a look at the GRE schedule online and plan when you will take the exam in the future.

December/January

  • Begin to plan summer experiences. Where will you get your shadowing experience?

February/March

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss summer plans such as research, shadowing, and classes.
  • Actively set up summer experiences early in the semester before the mid-term crunch.

Summer

  • This would be a good time to shadow a physical therapist.

Applying in 1 Year (typically fall of Junior Year)

October

  • Touch base with your advisor to bring him or her up to date on your plans. If you have any questions regarding course selection, contact your advisor early.

November

  • Look at the current Pre-Health Handbook to check for changes from last year that might affect you.

December

  • Register for GRE to be taken in April or May. You can find materials at www.ets.org/gre.
  • Register for a GRE course or buy GRE study books.

January

  • Touch base again with your advisor.
  • Begin summer planning; shadowing is a must if you have not done so already.
  • Make good course selections for second semester.

February

  • Complete a draft of your personal statement.
  • Approach trusted professors for letters of recommendation. One of your letters should come from a physical therapist.
  • Make a tentative list of physical therapy schools to which to apply.
  • Update your resume.

March

  • Finalize list of individuals who will write letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor to outline your personal essay for the PTCAS application.

April

  • Make sure you have taken the GRE by this point so that you have the scores back before you apply.
  • Begin working on PTCAS personal statement.

May

  • Ensure that the writers of your recommendation letters know when their letters are due.
  • Submit request for your transcript to be sent to PTCAS.
  • Complete personal statement and have it reviewed by a pre-health advisor.

 In the Year of Application

June

  • Decide on the basis of your first GRE scores whether you will want to take them again.
  • Check periodically to see if letters of reference have been submitted.
  • Send polite 'reminder' letters to recommendation writers if letters are not in (check with pre-health director for assistance with any delayed letters of recommendation).
  • Draw up a flow grid or neat checklists to chart the progress for each of your applications from initial contact through interviews. Create folders for each school.

July

  • PTCAS will begin accepting applications July 1st.

August

  • Save money for interview trips.

September

  • Begin calling schools to ensure that applications are complete.
  • Talk with your advisors about potential questions that will be asked during your interviews, review strengths and weaknesses in your application, and discuss how to deal with your weaknesses.

October-January

  • Make sure all of your secondary applications are completed.
  • Interviews are scheduled by PT programs.
  • If no interviews are offered by the end of January, you should have a conversation with your pre-health advisor.

February

  • Interviews continue into the spring semester. But if you do not receive any interviews, alternate plans should be considered. Talk to a pre-health advisor before re-applying.

March-June

  • Acceptances sent!
  • Things to consider when choosing your school include quality, location, and financial aid package.

 


 


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