Physical Therapy Admission Process

Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

Applying to Samuel Merritt University

Applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are accepted using the Physical Therapy Central Application Service (PTCAS). Students are admitted just once per year to the fall term.

Applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time on October 1.



July 3, 2019
PTCAS opens to applicants
October 1 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern
Application Deadline
Mid-December through Mid-January
Admissions Decisions Released. Waitlisted applicants will continue to be admitted through the summer. 

Calling to inquire about the status of your application takes us away from reviewing applications and delays the process even further. Please know that if you have not received a decision on your application, it is still actively under review by the University. As soon as we have any information to share, we will.

Application Deadline

The application submission deadline is October 1. Samuel Merritt University accepts applications using PTCAS. Applications must be filed prior to the application deadline. Keep in mind that it is to the students’ advantage to include as many available grades as possible with the application. For example, with the submission deadline of October 1, you should wait to submit an application until any summer grades are available. There is no opportunity to update your application at a later date.

Early Decision

Samuel Merritt University Physical Therapy participates in the PTCAS Early Decision process. Prospective students who know that Samuel Merritt University is their first choice are invited to apply through the early decision process. Complete applications for early decision are due to PTCAS by August 15. Detailed information about the Early Decision process is available on the PTCAS website.

Applying for early decision does not increase chances for admission, but rather affords applicants who are fully committed to Samuel Merritt University an opportunity to receive their admission decision early. Early decision applicants may therefore complete their admission process sooner. All applicants, regardless of their early decision selection, are held to the same admission standards.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be sent directly to PTCAS as early as possible to increase the speed with which your application is verified and reviewed. SMU recommends that students submit transcripts to PTCAS as soon as summer grades are available. Transcripts should be sent directly from your schools to PTCAS (along with the Transcript Request Form) to:

PO Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471

PTCAS Support
Phone: (617) 612-0240
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Transcript Entry Service

PTCAS provides a service (for a fee) that will complete the transcript entry for you. We do not recommend students use this service as it will delay the processing of your application up to a month.   

It is recommended that applicants enter all of their previous college/university-level coursework into the application themselves. This process can take approximately two hours to complete on your own depending on the amount of coursework you have taken. It is critical that students enter all of their completed, in progress and planned coursework. Otherwise, the processing of your application can be delayed.

Letters of Reference

PTCAS provides a tool for collecting letters of reference in the application. Please follow the application instructions for providing this information. Letters of reference mailed to Samuel Merritt University will not be considered.

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