APPLYING TO THE DPT PROGRAM
Arkansas State University's DPT program subscribes to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). applicants for admission to the ASU DPT program MUST apply online using the PTCAS application. IN ADDITION, students must also apply online to the ASU Graduate School (see links below)
Deadline for submitting applications to PTCAS and the Graduate School is February 1st.
To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org. Information about the ASU Graduate School application is included as supplemental material on the PTCAS website. If you encounter difficulty with PTCAS, please contact their Customer Service.
Once a student has submitted an application through PTCAS, the transcript information is verified by PTCAS. this process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of PTCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from PTCAS. ASU will accept completed, verified applications from PTCAS until March 1st. If PTCAS has not completed the verification process by March 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the February 1st deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline.
The Department of Physical Therapy will begin reviewing applications after March 1st.
ASU Graduate School (Go to "Apply Now" - must create user account to apply)
IMPORTANT: Official transcripts MUST be sent to both PTCAS and ASU Graduate Admissions. Please do not send transcripts to the ASU Physical Therapy Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts for ASU Graduate School should be sent to:
ASU Graduate Admission
PO Box 1570
State University, AR 72467
The application fee of $50 can be paid online (through your applicant account) or by phone to the Cashier’s Window at 870-972-3847.
Students who have attended one or more of the ASU campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to PTCAS and ASU Graduate Admissions. ASU campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken.
For more information relating to acceptance statistics, Spanish proficiency testing, tuition and fees, etc., please see the Other Information section at the bottom of this page.
How we score applications
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Cumulative GPA (GPA X 6.875 points)
2. Last 60 credit hours GPA (Last 60 GPA X 9.375 points)
3. Residency (maximum of 7.5 points);
a. Students who have graduated from ASU (7.5 points)
b. Permanent residents of Arkansas who are not graduates of ASU (5 points)
c. Non-Arkansas residents who are permanent residents of the federally defined Delta Region (Missouri, Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee) (2 points).
4. Spanish proficiency (maximum of 5 points). Spanish proficiency is not required for application but may enhance the applicant’s overall score. Students must prove their proficiency by taking the ACTFL-OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Spanish proficiency scores must be submitted by February 1. Additional information is located at www.languagetesting.com.
5. Additional preparation courses (Maximum of 15 points). To improve readiness for the DPT program, an Admission Score weight of one (1) point will be added for each course from the content areas below that is sequenced at or above the 2000 level (and not already counted as a prerequisite). The applicant must have received a course grade of “B” or better for additional application “weight” to be awarded.
Upper Level Anatomy
Upper Level Physiology
Principles of Disease
It will be the responsibility of the applicant to identify (on the application submitted through PTCAS) those courses he/she believes should be considered for additional weighting. Note not only the course, but the term in which it was completed and the institution from which the credit was awarded.
6. Completion of prerequisite courses at time of application (7.5 points). Students completing all prerequisite courses by February 1st will receive 7.5 points on the admissions score.
*Resume, work experiences, military service, community service, etc., are only scored in the case of a tie for the 30th position.
**Students admitted to the program must indicate their ability to meet the essential requirements and functions for admission & retention by signing the Essential Requirements & Functions for Admission & Retention Technical Standard Form.