Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Kuhdaytee

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    Hey everyone!

    There are a lot of repeat posts and common questions and I know that sometimes searching isn't the most helpful way of finding information. There are a lot of helpful threads that I never would have thought of searching for, and considering there are 100 pages of threads, it can feel overwhelming.

    I compiled a list of posts that I think are the most helpful, from the Pre-PT and PT forums (I apparently have too much free time). They have >10 posts per thread, so I don't have every helpful thread ever created, so make sure to use the search function as well! I also included posts from other websites that I found to be helpful, and a list of blogs at the bottom.

    If anyone has any additions to this list, please comment below and I'll edit the post! I'm starting school August of 2015 so I may not be able to update much more after then. This post was also made on my blog, My Road to PT, if anyone is curious.

    Make sure to check the dates of each individual post - some threads are years old, so the advice may be a little outdated, or you may not get many replies if you make a comment. Always double check any information with PTCAS or with the school itself, rather than relying only on the info within the threads.

    General Information

    How to Apply to Physical Therapy School - 2015 - New Grad Physical Therapy, written by DPT Know
    How to Apply to Physical Therapy School - 2016 - My Road to PT
    PTCAS Programs
    Non-Participating PTCAS Programs
    PTCAS Program Prerequisites
    PTCAS Application Instructions
    PTCAS Frequently Asked Questions
    PTCAS Facebook Page
    GPA's, GRE's, XTRA's, ACCEPTANCES
    Ask a DPT Admissions Director - 2014
    The Physical Therapy Admissions Process - Part 1 - 2011
    The Physical Therapy Admissions Process - Part 2 - 2011

    High School/Undergrad/Prereqs

    A "C" in Chemistry - 2016
    Undergrad research - 2015
    Prereqs more than 10 yrs old? - 2015
    Advice for undergrad freshmen - 2015
    Is it better to get a WU or F? - 2015
    Online classes - 2015
    Year Off Jobs - 2015
    PT Aide - Thoughts? - 2014
    I am doing well in classes but I am not truly learning the content. Is this a big problem? - 2014
    Experiences re-taking prerequisites at community college? - 2014
    What is your undergraduate degree? - 2014
    HS student needs help to make a pathway to become a PT! - 2014
    How did you do in physics? - 2014
    PTA vs exercise science as a terminal degree, career options? - 2014
    What if I didn't enjoy some of my undergrad science courses? - 2013
    Suggested Classes - 2013
    Bachelor's Degree: PT related vs unrelated? - 2013
    Recent high school graduate, solid plan for physical therapy? - 2012
    Physics advice - 2012
    What's More Important: Overall GPA or Pre-Req GPA - 2012
    How'd you do in chem, physics? - 2011
    Prerequisite set-up - 2011
    Community college courses and PT school - 2011
    C vs. W grade - 2011
    Question on Exercise Science Major - 2011
    B- in anatomy & lab. Am I in trouble? - 2011

    Applying

    Application Status/GPA Verification - 2015
    Question about E-submission and school specific questions - 2015
    Early decision timing - 2015
    Answering if academic record reflects capabilities - 2015
    Just a thought for all of you applying this cycle - 2015
    What was the hardest part of the DPT application process for you? - 2015
    Is worrying about getting into PT school more or less stressful than actual PT school? - 2015
    Apply this summer or take a year off? - 2015
    Getting organized - 2015
    What are the most important sections on the application? - 2015
    Be kind and inform your declined schools - 2015
    How many schools did you apply to? - 2014
    My Experiences in the Application Process - 2014
    PTCAS Questions - 2014
    Why the ridiculous number of unqualified applicants? - 2014
    Is it better to apply earlier? - 2013
    Have your academic update transcripts arrived at PTCAS? - 2013
    PTCAS confusion? 2013-2014? Waiting for application to be released - 2013
    When to Apply - 2013
    Cold Feet - 2013
    What percent of applications do colleges deny on average? - 2013
    Getting a transcript for PTCAS application and supplemental apps - 2013
    Processing Status & GRE Status (PTCAS) - 2012
    What do you think is an appropriate # of schools to apply to? - 2012
    Can PT schools see to which other PT schools you apply to? If so, is it bad? - 2012
    PTCAS processing - 2012
    Can someone explain the application process please - 2012
    E-submitting before 2nd summer session ends - 2012
    Early Decision affecting Regular Decision - 2011
    How important are extra curriculars? - 2011

    Observation Hours

    Observation hours for non-trad - 2015
    Question about observation hours - 2015
    Contacting DPTs for Observation Hours - 2015
    Unique Shadowing Advice - 2015
    Guide to Observation Hours - 2015 - My Road to PT
    What to expect on first day - 2014
    Hours as patient as observation hours? - 2014
    Observation hours/setting help - 2014
    Observation hours overkill - 2014
    Volunteer/Observation Hours on nights or weekends - 2012
    How important is volunteering in an acute/inpatient setting? - 2012
    Is it hard to get volunteer hours? - 2011
    Best way to get observational hours - 2011
    Frustrating, Unsettling Day of Volunteering - 2010
    How to know you are observing a "good" physical therapist - 2010

    GRE

    GRE Question - 2016
    How long did you take to prepare for the GRE? - 2016
    Low GRE score and DPT admissions, help! - 2015
    Good GRE Score - 2015
    GRE Verbal Score - 2015
    What is the best way to prepare for the GRE? - 2015
    GREs - 2015
    How to Prepare for the GRE - 2015 - My Road to PT
    GRE prep advice - 2014
    Applying to PT, not yet taken GRE. - 2014
    GRE score question- 2014
    How are my chances? I'm so nervous (low GRE) - 2014
    Test Taking Tips: How I Got Into the 90th Percentile - 2014 - Beyond the Khaki Pants
    GRE Study Timeline - 2013
    Does GRE weight heavy on admissions? - 2013
    GRE Vocabulary - 2013
    Would you retake the GRE? - 2013
    GRE prep - 2012
    How did you guys prepare for the GRE? - 2012

    Letters of Recommendation

    Ever been refused a Letter of Recommendation? - 2015
    Appropriate way of asking for a letter of recommendation? - 2012
    My A & P teacher wants to write me a LOR but... - 2011
    How do you get letters of recommendation? - 2011

    Essays

    How to Write Your Application Essays - 2016 - My Road to PT
    Supplemental Essays character limit - 2015
    PTCAS Essay question for 2015-2016 application cycle! - 2015
    Tackle the Reapplicant Essay - 2015 - DPT Know
    Tips For This Year's PTCAS Essay Prompt - 2015 - DPT Know
    Essay - 2015
    This year's personal statement prompt? - 2014
    Should I or should I not write about this in my essay? - 2014
    Re-applicant essay - 2013
    Does your personal statement have to be 4500 characters? - 2011

    Interviews

    Congratulations, You Have an Interview! Here is a Guide to Help You Prepare. - 2016 - My Road to PT
    Post-Interview Thank You Note - 2015
    PT School Interview Problem- Interviews on same day - 2015
    Interview - 2015
    Questions to Ask During an Interview - 2015 - DPT Know
    50 Interview Questions to Prep With - 2015 - DPT Know
    Interview Questions - 2014
    Interview tips - 2014
    Interview: guys, what to wear? - 2014
    How to become a PT/OT. Interview Advice Video - 2014
    What to wear to interview? - 2013
    How to Survive the PT School Interview - 2013 - The PT Student
    What to wear on a DPT school interview? - 2012

    Choosing PT Schools

    Prestige of DPT Programs - 2016
    Out of State Schools - 2016
    Foreign PT Degree vs DPT - 2015
    Why rankings don't matter? - 2015
    Private vs Public - 2015
    How much does the school matter? - 2015
    Didactic vs Clinical Emphasis in PT School - 2015
    Does your program's ranking affect the job search? - 2015
    DPT in under 3 years? - 2015
    Good schools emphasizing manual therapy - 2015
    Does your school rank affect your starting salary? - 2015
    How important is a school's NPTE pass rate? - 2015
    Two year Doctor of Physical Therapy program? - 2014
    Which schools use the last 60 credit hours or take highest grade? - 2013
    Question - cheaper to go to out of state or private schools? - 2013
    Virtual Anatomy - 2013
    Schools Without Interviews? - 2013
    Accepting a school: Back up plan? - 2013
    Programs with no gross anatomy? - 2013
    Anyone have any opinions on the DPT programs that are only 2.5 years long? - 2012
    Need a little advice on choosing schools - 2012
    Big Name Schools vs. No Name Schools - 2012
    Which physical therapy programs have a strong emphasis on manual therapy? - 2012
    Can you accept two schools at once? - 2012
    Cheapest DPT Programs? - 2011
    Did you apply to in-state or out-of-state schools? - 2011
    Any schools that don't require interviews? - 2011
    How to choose the right school - 2010

    Low GPA

    Should I retake these courses? - 2015
    Post grad options - 2015
    Getting into DPT school with low undergrad GPA - 2015
    Low science GPA, decent overall GPA - 2015
    Newbie here, need insight on DPT applications - 2015
    What are my chances and is PT school still a good financial investment? - 2015
    At a complete crossroads..help please? - 2014
    Had super low gpa for first bachelors...going for second to get in pt? - 2014
    Kicked out of PT School, reapplying with low gpa. Chances? - 2014
    Pre-Physical Therapy with 2.56 GPA? - 2013
    What are my PT school chances? - 2012
    What are my chances? - 2012
    Low GPA from highly difficult school? - 2012
    I need some serious help! - 2012
    Making application more competitive? - 2012
    Oh...Discouragement - 2011
    Low GPA? Me too. (2.9) Here's where to apply - 2010

    Rejections/Reapplying
    (Also a lot of low GPA advice)

    Advice on not being accepted - 2015
    PTCAS reapplicant question - 2015
    Need help/advice about reapplying to DPT programs - 2015
    Waitlisted and/or rejected - 2015
    What to do when you don't get accepted? - 2015
    Over worked and under rewarded. Need helpful suggestions for getting into PT school! Please! - 2015
    I need help keeping faith about pt here is my story - 2014
    Anyone applying for the 2nd time? discuss your experience and what you have done to improve? - 2014
    Didn't get in but had decent stats - 2013
    Plan B Advice with Intention of Reapplying - 2013
    Re-applicant essay - 2013
    My story (never give up) - 2013
    A Lesson in Perseverance - 2013
    Acceptances = 0 - 2012
    "I'm sorry but your application wasn't good enough" - 2012
    What are options if I don't get into PT school? - 2012
    No acceptances, applying again next year! - 2011
     
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  3. Kuhdaytee

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    Non-Trads/Career Change

    Got in to PT school! Now how should I prepare? - 2015
    Should I worry about this grade from years ago? - 2015
    Career change - is this feasible? - 2015
    Reason for Career Change to PT - 2015
    Decided on PT school... now what? - 2014
    Pre-reqs, V-Hours, etc. Galore (Path to a career change) - 2014
    10 Years Since Undergrad; Career Change - 2014
    Non-trads, are you bored with "easy" prereqs after finishing the more difficult ones? - 2014
    Just starting this process and need advice - 2014
    For Non-Trads: Things I Wish I Knew - 2013
    What would you do in my shoes? - 2013
    Career Change student - Does PT Aide job experience matter that significantly? - 2013
    How old is too old? - 2012
    Other NonTrad PT-hopefuls? - 2012
    Second Career/Older PT Applicants - 2012
    Want to make a complete 180 into PT and need advice - 2011
    How are non-traditional students paying for DPT program, plus living expenses? - 2011
    What can a non-trad student do to increase odds of DPT acceptance? - 2011
    For those of you pursuing PT as a second career... - 2011
    Older DPT students? - 2010

    Considering PT/Other Career Fields


    Exercise Physiologist wanting more - 2016
    PM&R, Physical Therapy, and Imaging - 2015
    Dentistry or PT - 2015
    Physical Therapy Through the Military/ROTC? - 2015
    DPT or PA working in sports? - 2015
    New member (intro and questions) - 2015
    Dislike Physical Contact with Patients - 2014
    PTA vs exercise science as a terminal degree, career options? - 2014
    Occupational Therapy vs Physical Therapy - 2014
    Paramedic to PT or PA - 2014
    Why are you going into PT? - 2013
    PT vs MD - 2012
    PT vs Sports Medicine Physician - 2011
    Why PT over other Career Options? - 2011
    What other career options have you considered? - 2011
    DPT vs PTA - 2011
    Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant - 2009
    Why Physical Therapy? - 2009
    DPT versus Chiropractor - 2009
    Any PTs to MDs or PTs to DOs? - 2007

    Loans/Tuition/Salary

    I created a survey to gather data on DPTs debt and how they are managing it - 2015
    What made you decide a 100k+ tuition school was worth it? - 2015
    Big Decision - 2015
    Loans Loans Loans - 2015
    Making school more affordable - 2015
    Do schools offer signing bonuses? - 2015
    Working Part Time while in School? - 2015
    Advice on using loans for cost of living. How do you do it? - 2015
    Debt is scaring me... regret a decision, help? - 2014
    Will salaries match the rising cost of tuition? - 2014
    Is PT school still financially worth pursuing? - 2014
    Question about the cost of DPT schools? - 2014
    Concerned parent looking for feedback on the amount of loans for PT - 2014
    What is the maximum amount you are willing to pay for your DPT degree? - 2014
    Physical Therapy and Money $$$ - 2014
    Physical therapist success? - 2014
    Loans loans loans - 2014
    Recent Grads! Can we talk about your financial situation? - 2013
    Trends in PT salary - 2013
    Loans!!! - 2013
    Value of DPT Degree - 2013
    PT school debt spreadsheet - 2013
    Direct PLUS Loan vs Others - 2013
    What are the best methods of lower student loans and debt? - 2013
    Income Based Repayment Plan: Does it blur the line between tuition costs? - 2013
    DPT School Loans - Am I crazy to do this? - 2012
    A redundant word of advice from a current DPT grad - 2012
    Post the cheapest schools you know of ITT - 2012
    Financial aid? - 2012
    Cost of Attendance? What's a significant difference? - 2012
    Does anybody else think they are crazy? - 2012
    Starting Salary for DPT new-grads - 2012
    Concerns about DEBT - 2011

    Physical Therapy School

    Waiting to start DPT school - 2016
    Presentations? - 2016
    Got in to PT school! Now how should I prepare? - 2015
    What year (1-3) do you typically work with real patients? - 2015
    Introverted PT? - 2015
    Body image and PT school - 2015
    Comfortable, active dress shoes - 2015
    Overwhelmed by human gross anatomy - 2015
    First Week/Year Thoughts - 2015
    Grades in PT School - 2015
    Post-Acceptance Thoughts - 2015
    Advice on moving out of state? - 2015
    Helpful things for pt students? - 2015
    Is worrying about getting into PT school more or less stressful than actual PT school? - 2015
    Working Part Time while in School? - 2015
    Note taking - 2015
    Anatomy and Physiology Apps - 2015
    PT School - Do I Belong Here? - 2014
    Tips on studying/note taking in PT School? - 2014
    Studying for anatomy before PT school. - 2014
    Life of a First Year? - 2014
    Cadaver lab not what I expected... - 2014
    Best way to study anatomy before school starts? - 2014
    Laptops/tablets/technology advice for PT school - 2014
    Body Image and PT School - 2014
    Books before DPT program - 2014
    MUST haves for PT school - 2013
    The dilemma of a lifetime (roommates vs. living alone) - 2013
    Taking off shirt in PT school? - 2013
    What is a PT Student's Week Like? - 2013
    D on first test in DPT school. Where to go from here? - 2013
    Welcome to Physical Therapy School - 2013 - The Life of a DPT Student
    How to Survive First Semester - 2013 - PT to be in '15
    How to Thrive in Second Semester of PT School - 2013 - PT to be in '15
    Grades in PT School - 2012
    Classes in PT School - 2012
    Study study? - 2012
    Clinical Rotations - 2011
    Just finished the first two days of classes... - 2011
    For those of you starting pt school this fall... - 2011
    Importance of a laptop/netbook/smartphone - 2011
    Ipad for DPT Program? - 2011
    Advice for those of us starting in the fall? - 2010
    Advice for those about to start PT school soon - 2009
    How hard is PT school? - 2008

    Physical Therapy Career

    PT Lifestyle - 2015
    States That Lack Direct Access, Discussion of the DPT - 2015
    Job Interviews and SNF Questions - 2015
    Benefits of Residency and Specialization - 2015
    Extra titles after DPT - 2015
    New Grads: How have you and your classmates fared finding a job? - 2014
    Top 7 Lessons From My First Year in Practice - 2014 - Physical Therapy Haven
    Advice from a new PT, salaries, stress, etc. - 2013
    5 Pieces of Advice for New Graduates - 2013 - The Student Physical Therapist
    Do you have to be "sporty" to be a good physical therapist? - 2011
    Can PTs specialize in athletics/work for a university? - 2010
    Physical Therapist Career - no worries after work hours? - 2010
    Can quiet people succeed in PT? - 2010

    Life Advice

    DPT and Long Distance Relationship - 2015
    DPT and Married Life - 2015
    Tattoos in DPT school - 2014
    To have or not to have a baby - 2013
    Owning a dog in PT school? - 2013
    Dating/Relationships in PT School - 2013
    Married and applying for PT school? - 2013
    When to have children? - 2009

    Physical Therapy Blogs (written by students and therapists)


    A Cup a Day
    Beyond the Khaki Pants
    Creating a Physical Therapist
    DPT Know
    Dr. Ben Fung
    From The Classroom To The Clinic
    In Touch Physical Therapy Blog
    Independent & Wandering
    My Road to PT
    New Grad Physical Therapy
    PT Final Exam
    PT to be in '15
    Ryan Smith DPT
    Snyder Physical Therapy & Wellness
    The Life of a DPT Student
    The Life of a New Grad Physical Therapist

    The PT Student
    The Student Physical Therapist
    WebPT
     
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  4. Dj2PT

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    lol you do have alot of time on your hands but we all appreciate it impressive list =) should get this sticky
     
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  5. Kuhdaytee

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    Haha no problem. I wish I did it earlier, I've gone back to a bunch of the threads several times because they're so awesome. Now I don't have to spend the time searching for them anymore!
     
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    You're a saint. Thank you! very helpful!
     
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  7. Kuhdaytee

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    I just updated this with a few recent threads. Hopefully this will help everyone, since the PTCAS app is now open!
     
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    This is legitimately impressive. I would suggest that you PM this thread to DancerFutureDPT and ask that it be stickied at the top of the forum.
     
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  9. Kuhdaytee

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    Thanks! I just sent a message. It definitely has helped me out already, as I've gone back to some threads a bunch of times.
     
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    :claps:
     
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    Now whenever people ask basic questions that have been asked 1000 times, I can just give them a link to this thread. :)
     
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    This is amazing. Thank you so much.
     
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    This is awesome!! thank you so much :soexcited::clap:
     
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    Good Evening,

    I received an invite for an interview at UMHB for their Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Current and past students, what is the interview like? Is it a one on one interview or panel? Any ideas on what the essay portion is about? or the structure of their essays? Any information regarding UMHB would be greatly appreciated.

    -Pursuit.of.DPT
     
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    Hello,

    I have also received an interview invite at UMHB. Im just curious about the process as well. When was/is your interview?
     
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    HEY! i was at the interview on friday. i made a post just for UMHB. here is the link. ask me further questions on this thread.. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - DPT
     
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    Hey guys, I applied to University of Scranton on Dec. 23, 2017. I haven't gotten an email from them
    saying they have recieved my application...I called them last week and they said their system takes a while (4-5 weeks) to
    process the application. I'm getting kind of scared now since their deadline is in three days... Has anyone here
    applied to this school?
     
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    Does anyone possibly have a list of schools that do not interview?
     

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