Jan 30, 2013
Hawaii/Southern US
So in reading on the PTCAS site, I believe it says that everything is uploaded electronically as far as completed hours and verified?

So basically I could get a sheet of paper and write down all my hours and as long as it's verified with the PT I am shadowing, I could put that into the PTCAS application? Surely if I am applying to 10 schools I don't need 10 sheets of paper signed.

Also...Has anyone here been out of school awhile then applied for PT school? I feel kind of lame for applying so late. I graduated college, worked for 3 or so years, and still have a few semesters of courses to take before I apply for the cycle next year. Even then if I were accepted I wouldn't start PT school until I am 27 :/ . But it is what I love to do so I guess that is all that matters...

Thanks for the replies regarding the observation forms.
Aug 2, 2015
Pre-Physical Therapy
Just send them an electronic form request, no paper necessary.

As for starting late...who cares? I'll be 26 when I start, I don't think anyone's gonna be giving weird looks...
Sep 23, 2015
I'm 26 and applying as well. I was a little worried about the age difference, but it has been my goal since I was 17. Electronic verification is the way to go, as Chernz said, but when you send the electronic verification make sure they check their junk mail folder as well. Two of mine had found the PTCAS email in there.


2+ Year Member
Dec 11, 2014
Physical Therapy Student
I'll be 28 when I finally apply, and I know folks who started later. Don't worry about your age. :)


7+ Year Member
Sep 5, 2012
Colorado Springs, CO
Physical Therapist
I'll be 34 in a month so I'll be turning 35 not long after school starts. I will definitely have a different perspective than someone right out of college, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Honestly, I don't think I had that right temperament at 22 or 23 to be a PT.