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PTCAS Early Decision

The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who decide that a particular physical therapy degree program is their first choice and they commit to enroll if accepted. Early Decision applicants can only apply to one physical therapy degree program.


The Early Decision deadline is August 15, 2019. You must complete the PTCAS application and arrange for your transcripts to be received by PTCAS by this date. If application fees or transcripts arrive after August 15, 2019, your application will automatically be changed to regular decision. Contact your selected program directly for additional information on Early Decisions eligibility requirements. 

GRE Scores

Early Decision candidates must take the GRE and request scores no later than July 31, 2019if the program requires the GRE. If your scores arrive after the Early Decision deadline, your application will automatically be changed to regular decision.

Admissions Status

PTCAS programs will announce early decisions as soon as possible, and no later than September 25, 2019. If you participate, you may be offered early admission, denied early admission, or returned to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and cannot apply to any other PTCAS program during the current cycle. If you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to other PTCAS degree programs for an additional fee.

2019-2020 Early Decision Programs

Only the programs listed below offer Early Decision to applicants. Contact each program directly for more information. 

  • Alvernia University
  • Arcadia University
  • AT Still University of Health Sciences
  • Augusta University (formerly known as Georgia Regents University)
  • Azusa Pacific University (for classes beginning in January 2020)
  • Bellarmine University
  • Belmont University
  • Briar Cliff University
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Campbell University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Chapman University (for classes beginning in fall 2020 and summer 2020)
  • Clarke University
  • Clarkson University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Creighton University
  • Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Emory University
  • Florida International University
  • Franklin Pierce University (AZ)
  • Franklin Pierce University (NH)
  • Georgia Southern University 
  • Georgia State University
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • High Point University
  • Kean University
  • Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
  • Marshall University
  • Mercer University
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Midwestern University - Downers Grove
  • Missouri State University
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York Medical College
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
  • Nova Southeastern University - Tampa (Hybrid 4-Year Program)
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (for classes beginning in summer and fall)
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Sage Colleges
  • Samford University
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • South College - June Cohort
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Temple University
  • Tennessee State University
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Touro College (Bayshore/Manhattan)
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Jamestown
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Mary
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore
  • University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of New England
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Augustine - Residential Program
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Walsh University
  • Washington University in St Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Widener University
  • Wingate University
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