Physical Therapy

Admission Application

Admission Application

The South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is currently accepting applications for admission to the Summer 2016 term.

Applying for Admission

The South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program receives applications for admission exclusively through the Physical Therapist Central Application Service (PTCAS), provided by the American Physical Therapy Association. Application instructions can be found on the South College program page at It is strongly encouraged that all applicants thoroughly review the instructions for submitting an application through PTCAS as available for download through the PTCAS website before attempting to apply to the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

South College seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states.  We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs.  SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program.  However, not all states are SARA members.  While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. Please click here for current information for authorization information for all states.  It is the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence.

Supporting Materials

All of the following materials must be submitted through PTCAS:

  1. Official Transcripts: Applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive an official transcript from each college and university attended in the United States and Canada. For transcripts from an international (foreign) institution, PTCAS will only accept foreign transcript evaluations from the World Education Services (WES). Original foreign transcripts should be sent directly to the program at the contact address provided within the PTCAS Program Profile.
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Applicants must arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official GRE scores through PTCAS using the code designated specifically for the physical therapy program. The PTCAS Program Code for the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is 7521.
  3. References: Applicants must arrange for references to submitted electronically through PTCAS. Each evaluator providing a reference will be contacted using an email address provided in PTCAS by the applicant.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): If English is not an applicant’s first (primary) language, official TOEFL scores must be submitted to PTCAS using code 5312.

Supplemental Application

In addition to the PTCAS application, the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requires that a Supplemental Application and a $60 processing fee be submitted directly to the institution using procedures as outlined in PTCAS.

Clicking on "Submit" after successfully completing the Supplemental Application will take the applicant to a page through which payment of the $60 Supplemental Fee can be made.

Submission of additional information and materials may be requested.  The applicant is responsible for timely submission of additional information and materials that may be requested.  If these requests cannot be fulfilled immediately, the applicant should contact April Jones, DPT Admissions Coordinator, at

Application Review

The DPT Admissions Committee and faculty will review all completed applications (i.e., application and all supporting materials received) in the order of receipt.  Applicants are evaluated based on Cumulative GPA, Prerequisite GPA, GRE Verbal Percentile Rank, GRE Quantitative Percentile Rank, References, and Personal Essay.  Other factors considered, but not required, include Relevant Work Experience and/or Observation Hours and Prior Military Experience.  The DPT Admissions Committee will use this evaluative process to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all applicants.  The DPT admissions committee will grant admission interviews by invitation only.

Interview process

The DPT Admissions Coordinator will schedule interviews for all selected applicants. All interviews will be conducted through live web-based interface between selected applicants and members of the faculty.

Selection Process

The DPT Admissions Committee and faculty will accept students into the program based on a holistic evaluation of their application, supporting documents, and interview.  All applicants will be notified by email and/or mail regarding final selection decisions.

For questions related to admission to the program, please contact April Jones, DPT Admissions Coordinator, by email at or by telephone at (865) 251-1720.

The deadline for submitting a completed application and all supplemental application materials in applying for admission to the Summer 2016 term of the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is February 15, 2016.



Updated: 1/25/16





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