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PTCAS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the PTCAS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-June and closes in mid-May. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), in the PTCAS Application Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between early April and late May, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and APTA review submitted configurations in June.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in mid-June.

Program Participation Requirements

APTA requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from APTA and PTCAS, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the PTCAS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the PTCAS application and PTCAS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

  • Applicant Processing Reference Guide: learn how applicants move through the application and Liaison processes applicant materials, such as transcripts and official test scores.
  • Application Statuses Reference Guide: review what each application status means and how you can interact with applicants at different stages.
    • Requirements for the PTCAS Complete application status can be found here.
  • PTCAS Quick Start Guide and FAQs: a suggested timeline for completing and submitting the application, links to important pages including cycle dates and fees, and a FAQs section. 

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to PTCAS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and APTA before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, APTA will approve it.

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2022-2023

The table below contains enhancements for PTCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

If an applicant selects Unlisted French Speaking Canadian or Other Foreign Institution, they must complete a new required field for the college’s country.

If you created exports to pull a college's country data, you must edit and select the new college country fields. Review the Country Field for Manually Entered Foreign Institutions release note for more information.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Fee Waivers

If an applicant is eligible for a fee waiver but the fee waiver fund is depleted, then applicants can be alerted that they qualified for the fee waiver even though they could not be awarded one.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Fees

The application fee for the first program applicants apply to increased from $155 to $160. The application fee for additional programs that applicants apply to remains at $60 per program.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

The Sex question was updated to Legal Sex.

Additionally, a Pronouns question was added.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Citizenship Information

The instructions text was updated to better assist applicants. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

The Felony question was removed.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Release Statement

The release statement was updated to clarify that while PTCAS does not collect an applicant's criminal history, DPT programs may collect this information.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – References

The References section was removed, and letters of reference are no longer collected at the CAS level; instead, you can collect them at the program level through the Configuration Portal.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Chatbot

Liaison has partnered with Ada to offer an AI chatbot. The chatbot, nicknamed Cassie, leverages an API with CXone Expert, which hosts the CAS-specific Applicant Help Centers.

Applicants can access this chatbot once they are logged in to the application. The chatbot responds with information and links to the CAS-specific Applicant Help Center and, if needed, directs the applicant to live support with customer service.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Coupon Codes

You can offer organization-specific coupon codes to applicants. Applicants can only use the coupon for a program at your organization.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Documents

You can now request the following document types:

  • CV/Resume
  • Program-Specific

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Evaluations

You can now request or require letters of reference for each of your programs.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Organization Details

You can only access the Add Program and Copy Program buttons in the Configuration Portal prelaunch environment.

Additionally, instead of rebuilding your program in the prelaunch environment, you can import your program from a previous cycle's production environment into the prelaunch environment. You can access the Import from Previous Cycle button in the Configuration Portal prelaunch environment. Visit the Import Your Programs page for more information.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Organization Details and Program Details

You can preview your programs in the application using the Preview feature and continue making edits as necessary.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Program Details

You can edit the Program Code program attribute, which may be useful for importing program data into your Student Information System (SIS).

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Letters by Liaison

Recommendations

Recommenders can automatically reuse a completed recommendation for an applicant who requests they complete additional recommendations that are the same recommendation type as the original (e.g., academic, personal, etc.). Once activated by the recommender, any time the same applicant requests the same recommendation type, the system will automatically complete the recommendation and submit it.

Recommenders will receive an email every Friday that records if the recommendation has been reused, and if so, for which programs. This feature can be turned off at any time by the recommender.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

You can view TOEFL MyBest scores in the Standardized Tests panel of the Applicant Details page. Additionally, you can view scores in the Full Application PDF under the Documents panel of the Applicant Details page. All TOEFL iBT score reports sent after August 1, 2019, will include the applicant's MyBest scores as well as the individual scores from each test date.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

Export Manager

List Manager

The Address 2 field for observation hours data is now available in WebAdMIT.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Clipboard

You can now add multiple applicants to your Clipboard by uploading a CSV file of their CAS IDs. Review the Using the Clipboard page for more information.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT 

Decision Codes

A new Deferred Decision Code is available to identify which applicants are included in the Liaison-supported Deferral Process

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

PDF Manager

If you create a list that searches for applicants based on any field in the Designations field grouping (e.g., Designation, Application Status, etc.), you can now extract the full application PDFs that adhere to your list's criteria. For more information, see the PDF Manager page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Export Manager

List Manager

The Applicant Gateway Activities field grouping and associated fields were removed. Be sure to review your existing lists and exports to review and update your criteria, if applicable.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2021-2022

The table below contains enhancements for PTCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal 

Personal Information – Release Statement

The Release Statement was updated with the following text: "I am aware of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)'s accreditation status for each program to which I am applying. I understand that if I apply to a program with a “developing” status and that program ultimately does not receive “Candidate for Accreditation” status, I have no recourse with PTCAS to obtain a refund or any other form of compensation."

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Standardized Tests

Applicants can report their AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and IB (International Baccalaureate) tests under the Standardized Tests section.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Logo

The PTCAS logo was updated. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal 

Program Materials

The Accreditation Status Program Attribute was added. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Email Templates

A new Test Submitted email template will notify applicants when PTCAS receives official GRE or TOEFL scores. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Kira Talent Assessment

Kira Talent offers on-demand, timed video and timed written assignments that can be combined with the standard admissions process. You can link your Kira assessment to your program in the application by selecting Kira Assessment.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Decision Codes

The Certiphi Decision Code configuration was updated. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2020-2021

The table below contains enhancements for PTCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more. 

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The workflow for entering colleges has been improved. Enhancements include:

  • The option to employ an e-transcript vendor from within the application (e.g., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or Credential Solutions, where applicable)
  • An improved process for uploading and previewing unofficial transcripts
  • Enhanced display of requirements

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Account

Applicants can create PTCAS accounts starting on June 17, 2020 but cannot submit applications until July 1, 2020. This delay helps applicants focus on accuracy of their application without the instinct to quickly submit it.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Add Program Page

The Add Program page in the Applicant Portal has a new streamlined look and feel and includes an updated search feature.

The improved Add Program interface is easier to navigate and offers increased adherence to 508 Compliance standards. Applicants can select programs from the holistic list under the Add Program sub-tab, and then toggle to the Selected Programs sub-tab to review their program selections.

Additionally, the new Add Program page lists the Organization Name field as a row with its programs grouped below it, instead of as a column. The Organization Name also remains at the top of the table until the next organization and program grouping appear.

Finally, applicants can skip the Add Program page after creating their account.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Early Decision

Early Decision is no longer offered.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Submit Application Page

The Submit Application page lists the term on each program’s tile. Previously, applicants needed to click the additional information icon to view the program’s term.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Essay

The Essay prompt has been updated.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – References

Applicants can now submit up to five references.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Organization Details

You can offer applicants a deep link to the application's Add Program page with your programs pre-filtered. This allows applicants to quickly access your programs without needing to set their own filters. If an applicant has not yet created an account, the deep link will first instruct them to create an account, and then will take them to the pre-filtered Add Program page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Questions

You can configure both organization- and program-level questions for your programs. This allows you to configure one set of questions that are asked by all programs in that organization for the CAS and cycle, and another set of questions that are asked by individual programs, as needed.

Additionally, when you create a question in the Configuration Portal, you can choose to hide the question in the full application PDF in WebAdMIT. These questions will still display on the Applicant Details page in WebAdMIT and be available in the List Manager and Export Manager.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

You can quickly identify if an applicant has chosen to use the Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) service, where a PTE specialist enters the applicant’s completed coursework for an additional fee. The PTE Status field appears for all applicants under the Applicant Header on the Applicant Details page; it won’t appear in the full application PDF. It can be used in the List Manager, Export Manager, and Email Templates as a merge field. The possible values for this field include:

  • TE-Awaiting Transcripts: the applicant has not submitted all required, official transcripts to the CAS.
  • TE-Ready for Work: the applicant is in queue to have their coursework entered by a PTE specialist.
  • TE-Pending Approval: the applicant must approve the entered coursework before their application is given a Complete date and placed in line for verification. Note that the applicant may have to meet additional CAS requirements, such as a minimum number of evaluations completed, before being given a Complete date.
  • TE-Approved: the applicant has approved the entered coursework.

If an applicant did not elect to use the PTE service, their PTE status is blank.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Report Manager

A new Applicant-based report is available: Local Status History. This report includes the applicant’s:

  • CAS ID
  • Name
  • Designation
  • Designation WebAdMIT Label
  • Local Status
  • Local Status Changed Date
  • Local Status Changed By
  • Decision Code
  • Decision Code Changed Date
  • Decision Code Changed By

Every Local Status change for an applicant is listed on one row. If an applicant has multiple Local Status changes, the report will include multiple rows with this information. This information can still be accessed under the History panel on the Applicant Details page.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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