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How to Apply

Ready to apply to KU doctorate program in physical therapy? Here are the steps you'll follow.

Application Steps

  1. Please review our full list of program eligibility requirements and PTCAS program page to ensure you are ready to apply.
  2. Complete the online application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at Please submit all required materials directly to PTCAS and your application will be forwarded to the programs you designate. You will be asked to indicate whether you would like to apply to the on-campus pathway only, hybrid pathway only, or both pathways on your KU application. You DO NOT need to complete a second PTCAS application if you would like to be considered for both pathways.*
  3. Once your PTCAS application reaches “Verified” status, you will receive an email requesting payment of the $75.00 supplemental KU application fee. This fee is non-refundable.
  4. If you're accepted into the program without official transcripts at the time of application, final official transcripts for your undergraduate degree will be required to be sent from your institution directly to KU. Note: students receiving their undergraduate degree from KU are not required to submit final official transcripts.

* Applicants interested in applying for both pathways, please note that an offer of admission to one pathway does not guarantee that you will receive an offer for the other. If you receive an offer of admission to one pathway but would prefer to enroll in the other pathway, you may choose to decline the offer and await an open seat in your preferred pathway. However, if a seat does not become available in your preferred pathway, you will not be able to enter the program and will need to apply in the next PTCAS cycle. Once you have accepted a position in one pathway you are committed to that pathway and cannot switch to the other. Likewise, you cannot opt to change pathways at any point in the curriculum once you have enrolled in the program.

Admissions Cycle and Application Deadline

July 1
Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) opens for online applications.

November 15
Final deadline to submit PTCAS application.

June 1
Classes begin.

Please note that application deadline and program start dates may vary slightly from year to year. Specific dates for each admissions cycle can be found on our PTCAS program page.

Early-Decision Option
An early-decision option is no longer available to physical therapy program applicants in the U.S. The American Physical Therapy Association implemented this change effective from the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.


We're here to answer questions and provide assistance as you prepare for an exciting career in physical therapy.

photo of Alex LopezHigh school students and college students in their early years of study may contact Alex Lopez, our school's outreach and recruitment specialist, with questions at or 913-588-1743 (711 TTY).

If you're close to applying to KU's physical therapy degree program and have questions, please contact the department directly at

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 2002
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160