Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program: Fall 2017

All communication regarding your application will be through email.  Please ensure that PTCAS has the most accurate email address for you. Please keep the following dates and deadlines in mind to ensure your application process goes smoothly. Please read the detailed instructions at for Admission Requirements and Important Dates.

GRE Testing

Because there is a new version of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Physical Therapy Program at NAU will accept test scores from either the old or new versions.  All candidates should take the general test and have their scores sent using the code 7668.  This code is different from that of the general university, so make sure you follow the instructions on PTCAS.  

By October 3, 2016
  • Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application.
  • Complete the Northern Arizona University Graduate College application.
By the end of spring semester 2017

Complete all prerequisite science courses by the end of the semester. No more than three pre-requisite courses should be taken in the Spring semester. All pre-requisite courses need to be completed by the end of the spring semester. We recommend that you take only one or two of these courses in this semester.

By August 2017

Complete a bachelor’s degree in any subject.


The final stage of the application process is an on-campus interview. Individuals with complete PTCAS and NAU Graduate College Applications are invited for interviews based on their overall grade point average and Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing GRE scores. You must meet the minimum requirements to be considered for an interview. Arizona residents are given some preference over non-Arizona residents when determining who is invited for an interview.

Because of the significant competition for admission, meeting these minimums does not guarantee you will be invited for an interview or admitted to the program.

The preference of which campus (Flagstaff or Phoenix) applicants wish to attend will be solicited at the time of the interviews. This is a preference only and no guarantee can be made regarding ultimate placement.  

If you advance to the interview stage


If you qualify, you will receive an invitation for an on-campus interview.

Interviews will be held January 27th and 28th, 2017.

First week of February

If you are offered admission or are placed on an alternate list, you will receive an e-mail notification.

Final selection for admission

The final selection for admission to the program will be based on overall grade point average, prerequisite science grade point average, Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing GRE scores, the strength of the letters of recommendation and personal statement, and the ratings received from the on-campus interviews.

At the time applicants are notified regarding their acceptance into the NAU Physical Therapy Program, the campus assignment will be communicated.  Again, applicant preference concerning the campus they wish to attend will be carefully considered, but it can not be guaranteed that they will receive their preference.