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 A-STATE DPT program MUST apply online using the PTCAS application. In addition, students must also apply online to the ASTATE Graduate School. Transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE's Graduate School (see links below).
The deadline for submitting applications to PTCAS and the Graduate School is February 1st.
Applying to PTCAS
To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the https://portal.ptcas.org/. Information about the A-STATE Graduate School application is included as "supplemental material" on the PTCAS website. If you encounter difficulty with PTCAS, please contact their Customer Service at 617-612-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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. A-State will accept complete and verified applications from PTCAS until February 1st.
If PTCAS has not completed the verification process by February 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 DPT program requires the GRE scores for admissions. All prerequisites must be completed at the time of graduation.
***Students must send GRE scores to PTCAS (code #4108) AND A-State Graduate School (code #6011).
The Department of Physical Therapy will notify applicants of admission status after February 1st.
Applying to the A-State Graduate School
To apply to the A-State Graduate School, simply complete the online application on their website. You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application.
Official transcripts MUST be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE Traditional Graduate School. Please do not send transcripts to the A-STATE Physical Therapy Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts and immunization records for A-STATE Traditional Graduate School should be sent to:
The Graduate School @ A-STATE
PO Box 60
State University, AR 72467-0060
A-State Graduate School can be contacted at 870-972-3029 or email@example.com .
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 A-STATE campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to A-STATE in Jonesboro. A-STATE campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken. All transcripts must be official. Please consider most transcripts are sent electronically, some require the use of traditional mail (depending on your institution).
Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program.
Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.
Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the PT Program
Students who are conditionally admitted into the PT program must submit an initial background check to complete their admission requirements into the program. Forms will be emailed to you upon admission to the program.
Technical Skills and Abilities
Prior to admittance to the A-State Physical Therapy Program, students must complete the Technical Skills and Ability form. Forms will be emailed to you upon admission to the program.