Application Process

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee reviews applicants holistically taking into consideration academic history, leadership qualities and services to the community among other things.

Those considered most competitive will be invited to an on-campus interview.

1. Know the Application Deadlines

The PTCAS application will open around July 1, 2020.  To meet the priority application deadline, please submit your application by August 31, 2020. The Fall 2021 application deadline is January 15, 2021.

2. Complete the PTCAS Application

We encourage that your application be completed and submitted as soon as possible at Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at . Pay  PTCAS Application Fee and Supplemental Fees as applicable. Applicants that apply to the program prior to August 31 will have the supplemental fee waived for the 2020-21 cycle. After August 31st, applicants must pay the $50 supplemental application fee.  Click here to pay the Supplemental Application Fee of $50.  Students that pay the supplemental application fee prior to August 31 st will not be issued refunds. 

3. Submit Official College Transcripts

Submit all  official college transcripts to PTCAS. You do not need to send transcripts to the University.  The average GPA for the last three (3) cohorts admitted was 3.3 with an average Science GPA of 3.0.

4. Submit Official GRE Test Scores to PTCAS

Send official test scores to PTCAS using  GRE Code 0341. Scores sent directly to UIW or entered in PTCAS by applicant will not be reviewed. GRE score of 150 for each component (quantitative and verbal) is strongly recommended. The Verbal GRE score is a strong predictor of success in the program.

5. Submit Letters of Reference

Submit three letters of reference to PTCAS. At least one letter must be from a licensed Physical Therapist.

6. Submit Observation Hours

Minimum of 50 verified observation hours in at least two different physical therapy settings which focus on different physical therapy specialties (ex. neuromuscular, orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric, sports, etc.).