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Application and Interview Process - DPT

PTCAS Application

All applicants to the Doctor Physical Therapy Program must submit their applications through the Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools (PTCAS). PTCAS applications are now available. The deadline date for application is November 1, 2022. Please refer to the PTCAS application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time. University of Cumberlands operates on a rolling admissions basis where applications are reviewed continuously throughout the admissions cycle. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their PTCAS applications early in the cycle.

Completed Applications

The Office of Graduate Admissions will send correspondence verifying receipt of PTCAS applications with all required materials to all applicants who meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75. The letters will also include instructions on checking the status of the required application materials online. Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and ensuring the submission of all required documents. Only applicants who submit completed applications with all required application materials by November 1, 2022 will be considered for potential entrance into the Program.

Please Note: Applicants are responsible for notifying The Office of Graduate Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or email address. All application withdrawal requests must be made in writing via e-mail to: The Office of Graduate Admissions

When applicants are considered eligible for interviews after review of their completed admissions files, they are notified of available interview dates and invited by The Office of Graduate Admissions to schedule an online interview. A typical interview involves participation in the following activities which are coordinated by the Office of Graduate Admissions: completion of a writing prompt; a group and an individual interview with at least two interviewers, a virtual tour of the university, an opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor, and a questions and answer session with the faculty. During interview sessions, interviewers question applicants about their academic, personal, and professional aspirations and preparedness for admission to the Program. The interviewer rates prospective students on a standardized evaluation form. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee reviews the full application files for interviewed applicants and then formulates and submits recommendations to the Director of Graduate Admissions. The Office of Graduate Admissions then notifies applicants in writing of an admissions decision.

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The University of the Cumberlands is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  On June 1, 2022, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

For additional accreditation information, please click here