Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT): Application Process

DPT Program


PTCASThe Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) in the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Applicants applying to UWSP physical therapist education program for the 2022 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning in June 15, 2021.

Please have the following materials ready at the time you apply to PTCAS:
  • GRE Score
    • GRE scores are required. Official score reports must be sent directly to UWSP. 
      • We encourage student to send their GRE scores to our program-specific PTCAS code 2955. GRE scores submitted directly to UWSP using code 1919 will also be accepted. Please visit the ETS website for additional information about taking the exam and sending scores to UWSP.
  • Academic Letter of Recommendation from Professor
  • Essays
    • PTCAS Essay Question: Every person has a story that has led them to a career. Since there are a variety of health professions that "help" others, please go beyond your initial interaction or experience with physical therapy, and share the deeper story that has confirmed your decision to specifically pursue physical therapy as your career.
    • UWSP Essay Question: Reflect on a time when you were an outsider (a stranger) in another community. How did you adjust and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Transcripts for all colleges attended, regardless of their relevance to DPT or transferability
  • UWSP DPT Technical Standards
    • UWSP applicants will be required to confirm they have read and understand UWSP DPT Technical Standards. Please read and review prior to completing your PTCAS application.

Application Review

Selection Process

UWSP will begin reviewing applications on Aug. 15, and will continue reviewing applications until March 1, 2022, or until the class has been filled. Review will take place in groupings:

  • Group 1: Applicants who submit completed and verified applications to the program by Aug. 15 will be considered in the first group of students considered for admission; these students will receive admission decisions before any second group of students is considered.
  • Group 2: Applicants who submit completed and verified applications to the program by Jan. 15 will be considered in the second applicant cohort; these students will receive admissions decisions before an additional group of students is considered.
  • Group 3: If needed, the program will consider applicants who submit completed and verified applications to the program by March 1.

Mandatory Campus Visit

To be considered for admission, students must attend a UWSP DPT program campus visit. Participation in a campus visit will be considered in final admissions decisions.

  • Selected applications in the first grouping will receive an invitation to a full-day on-campus visit in September.
  • If the cohort is not filled in the first grouping, selected applications in the second grouping will receive an invitation to a full-day on-campus visit in January.
  • The on-campus visit day will offer opportunities to learn more about our program, meet faculty and other prospective students, engage in a Q&A session, and tour the department.
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