This experience may be an important factor in the admissions process.
State Residency Requirements - Some PT education programs give preference to in-state (resident) students.
Out-of-state (non-resident) and foreign applicants may vie for a limited number of positions or may be ineligible for admission, depending on institutional and state policies.
During the interview, applicants may be rated on their oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy.
The applicants' written communication skills may also be measured with an on-site essay.
Visit the institutional website or the PTCAS directory to determine what courses are required by each institution.
PT programs may require preprofessional (pre-PT/undergraduate) science courses to be completed in a 4-year university/college within the 7-10 years prior to enrollment.
The program may specify the settings and types of experiences required.
Applicants may also be required to have a licensed physical therapist verify the hours.
Private institutions may offer out-of-state and foreign applicants a greater number of positions within the program than state-supported, public institutions.
Criminal Background Checks - PT programs may ask applicants to disclose any previous felony or misdemeanor convictions as part of the application process.