The application process for fall 2022 admission to the The OSU-Cascades Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program will open July 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. The DPT program at OSU-Cascades plans to participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, in the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. Applicants applying to the OSU-Cascades physical therapist education program for the 2022 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning July 1, 2021. To learn more about PTCAS, visit www.ptcas.org. Applications will be due October 1, 2021. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who currently and will continue to reside in the U.S. for the entirety of the program. They must also satisfy all requirements, which include:
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of program enrollment, which is in September of each year.
The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0 and the minimum prerequisite science GPA is 3.0 (the science GPA includes all prerequisite science and statistics courses). Higher GPAs will be more competitive within the applicant pool.
The GRE is not required for DPT applicants.
You will be asked to upload your résumé as a part of the application. No template is required. We encourage you to be inclusive in adding your experiences.
Transcripts from each institution are required, including any graduate coursework or degrees completed.
A minimum of 40 hours of clinical experience in a physical therapy setting and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist is recommended and applicants may be more competitive if they exceed this minimum. This requirement can be completed in a volunteer or paid capacity.
Observation in two or more different types of physical therapy settings is highly recommended. Examples of different settings are pediatric, acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, or outpatient orthopedic. Observation at two different orthopedic clinics would not fulfill this recommendation.
The application will include two essays: the standard PTCAS essay and an OSU-Cascades specific essay. Please make sure that you answer both essay questions.
Applicants will be required to list related work and volunteer experiences, via PTCAS, that they have had that are somehow related to physical therapy but not actually in physical therapy. Some examples are listed below:
Response to COVID-19: At the present time, Credit (from Credit/No credit classification) or Pass (from Pass/Fail classification) grades will be accepted in lieu of letter grades for Spring 2020 quarter/semester only. Credit or Pass grades will be credited as being completed but no grade value will be included in the final pre-requisite or overall GPA determination. Thus, provided the option to take a course for a letter grade, a letter grade would generally benefit the student’s pre-requisite GPA and overall application.
It is preferred that all prerequisite courses are completed at the time of application. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the summer term prior to commencing the program.
These courses are not required but are recommended. Below is a list of recommended courses at OSU-Cascades and OSU but equivalent courses at other universities will fulfill this recommendation.
Three confidential letters of recommendation from professionals attesting to the ability, scholarship, and aptitude of the candidate for a rigorous full-time DPT program.
Once your PTCAS application is submitted, verified, and received by OSU-Cascades, applicants will be sent an email notification from OSU-Cascades asking you to review and sign the Program Disclosure form.
Once your PTCAS application is submitted, verified, and received by OSU-Cascades, applicants will be sent an email notification from OSU-Cascades asking you to review and sign the Technical Standards form.
Unfortunately, we do not accept transfer students at this time.
Jordon Zardinejad | Academic Program Coordinator, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
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