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Trine now accepting DPT applications through PTCAS

FORT WAYNE — Students seeking to enroll in Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program now have an easier application process.

The university is now accepting applications through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Located at ptcas.org, the service allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple DPT programs.

Trine is accepting DPT applications for the fall 2020 semester.

“Applicants will benefit from a streamlined, consistent process for uploading transcripts, letters of recommendation and other required materials, while the DPT program will benefit from reduced data entry and analysis burdens, as analytics can be obtained directly from PTCAS,” said Jenna Encheff, Ph.D., director of Trine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. “Transitioning to PTCAS also will significantly increase exposure of Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program to a broader spectrum of qualified and diverse candidates. Overall, implementing PTCAS will increase the ease and efficiency of the application and admissions process for a larger pool of students interested in Trine’s DPT.”

Applicants who apply through PTCAS submit a completed application including biographical data, institutions attended, academic course history, physical therapy observation hours, list of reference providers, work experiences, extracurricular activities, honors, professional licenses and a personal essay.

The first doctoral program established at Trine University, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an intensive three-year, full-time program that prepares graduates to sit for licensure and practice in a clinical setting. The program consists of lectures, labs and clinical education with an emphasis on real patient care experiences.

Students complete didactic and practical learning in the university’s Health Sciences Education Center on the Parkview Randallia campus. The program partners with many local health providers, including Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network, for clinical education during the first two years of the program as well as full-time internships in the final year.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 34 percent growth in the number of physical therapists needed through 2024, and reports the median salary in 2015 was $84,020.

For more information about Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, visit trine.edu/dpt.