Fall 2017 DPT Application Instructions

STEP 1: Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online application

Deadline: October 3, 2016

PTCAS applications will be available in early July 2016.  Apply at http://www.ptcas.org/index.html and check "California State University, Fresno" as a program of interest.

Official Transcripts

Submit all official transcripts from each college and/or university attended to PTCAS by October 3, 2016.

*If offered a seat in the program: Official transcripts from all colleges/university attended will need to be mailed to Fresno State for your CSU Mentor application.

Observation Hours

It is REQUIRED to submit a PT Observation Hours form verifying your observation hours for every location and number of hours observed. Login to PTCAS and use the online PT Hours signature process or print each customized PT Observation Hours form, and have your hours verified by a licensed physical therapist. If using the paper verification option, mail the signed form directly to PTCAS. Please read all directions set by PTCAS to avoid any delays in the submission of your application.

The verification of observation hours form is ONLY for students who are not yet ready to apply this Fall. Click here for the verification of hours form.

Letters of Recommendation

Arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent to PTCAS on your behalf.

(1) is REQUIRED to be from a licensed physical therapist. Fresno State physical therapy faculty are not acceptable references.

(1) is REQUIRED to be from a professor, who you have taken a course from

(1) can be either an additional physical therapist, an additional professor, or an employer

To see complete list of acceptable reference sources, please our Fresno State's informational page on PTCAS. 

Please read all directions set by PTCAS to avoid any delays in the submission of your application.

STEP 2: Complete the Fresno State Prerequisite Coursework Form

DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form, which indicates which prerequisite courses you would like to be used to calculate your prerequisite GPA.  The Admissions Committee may reject a course that you have listed if it does not meet the qualifying criterion explained on the PTCAS application program page for Fresno State.  

Deadline: October 3, 2016, (mailed or emailed to PT Department). DO NOT send to PTCAS.  

Download the Excel fill-in version of the form here
Download the PDF version of the form here

STEP 3: CSU Mentor Graduate Online Application

**Only for applicants offered admission**

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Qualified applicants will be required to submit a third application to the Fresno State Graduate Admissions Office (apply online through CSU Mentor http://www.csumentor.edu/), which has a $55 application fee.  Qualified applicants will be notified by the Physical Therapy Department. 

RE-APPLICANTS: Re-Applicant Letter

Deadline: October 3, 2016(mailed or emailed to PT Department). DO NOT send to PTCAS.  

A formal letter indicating that you wish to re-apply to the program must be submitted to the PT Department with a list of any ‘new’ documents, course grades, etc. you wish the committee to consider. All documents in your application file will be brought into your 2016-2017 application file.  Previous applicants are required to re-apply through PTCAS (see “Re-Applying to PTCAS” link on PTCAS login page for instructions and conditions).  Repeat applicants are not required to submit references or any materials unless you wish to submit new additional documents such as experience, letters or coursework.

DPT Application Timeline 

July 2016

PTCAS Applications Open

October 3, 2016

PTCAS Applications Due 

Fresno State Supplemental Form Due

Application Review Period

All applicants can expect to receive an email application acknowledgement within 4-5 weeks of application submission or deadline, whichever occurs first by the applicant.

Please note that if an applicant does not receive an email application acknowledgement by early December, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Physical Therapy Department. Late acknowledgement from the applicant will not be reviewed. No exceptions!

December 2016

Interview Decisions will be emailed through PTCAS

December/January 2016

Fall 2016 Course Grades- PTCAS Academic Update

Send official transcripts to PTCAS

Send unofficial transcripts/Early Grade Report Form to PT Department

February 4, 2017

Interview and Visitation Day is tentatively scheduled

May/June 2017

Spring 2017 Course Grades- Admitted Students

Send official transcripts to Fresno State Graduate Admissions

Send unofficial transcripts to PT Department (if includes prerequisites)

March 2017

CSU Mentor Graduate Online Application- Admitted Students
*Please DO NOT apply to CSU Mentor until requested
to do so by the Physical Therapy Department.  

PTCAS Contact Information

Arrange for your PTCAS materials to be sent to the address below:

PO BOX 9112 
Watertown, MA 02471 
Email: ptcasinfo@ptcas.org 
Phone: (617) 612-2040

For overnight documents only (e.g. FedEx), use the street address below:

c/o Liaison International 
311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15 
Waterrown, MA 02472

PLEASE NOTE: PTCAS will not receive your express package if the suite number is missing from the address, or if it arrives on a weekend or Federal holiday. Express delivery does not guarantee delivery or expedite the processing of your application file.