Fall 2018 DPT Application Instructions

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

Deadline: October 2, 2017

PTCAS applications will be available in early July 2017.  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 2, 2017.

*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.

Prerequisite Coursework Selection

DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework will be selected through the Fresno State PTCAS Program Page, where you will indicate 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. 

STEP 2: Cal State Apply Graduate Online Application

Deadline: January 15, 2018


There is an additional $55 application fee.  Statement of Purpose, References, and course grades will be verified through PTCAS.  All communication with applicants will be through PTCAS.  Cal State Apply Graduate Applications will be reviewed in December/January.  

RE-APPLICANTS: Complete Steps 1 and 2 from above & Re-Applicant Questions

Deadline: October 2, 2017, through PTCAS

Fill out the supplemental questions on the PTCAS Program Page for reapplicants.  Please include a list of any ‘new’ documents, course grades, etc. you wish the committee to consider. All documents in your application file can be brought into your 2017-2018 application file or you can re-submit documents. 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 to Fresno State are not required to submit references or any materials unless you wish to submit new additional documents such as experience, letters or coursework.

  • Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
  • If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application? 
  • If you are reapplying to this program, please indicate if you would like any of your previously submitted documents to be used for this application cycle such as references, observation hours, etc. If you are submitting all new documents with your PTCAS Application, please write “none”.

DPT Application Timeline 

July 2017

PTCAS Applications Open

October 2, 2017

PTCAS Applications 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 2017

Interview Decisions will be emailed through PTCAS

December 2017-January 2018

Update Fall 2017 Prerequisite Course Grades through the PTCAS Academic Update

  • Send official transcripts to PTCAS

January 2018

Cal State Apply Graduate Online Application Deadline: January 15, 2018 

  • Send official transcripts to Fresno State Graduate Admissions

Interview and Visitation Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Feb-March 2018

Admissions Decisions sent through PTCAS for accepted, wait list and denied applicants

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.