• The Residency/Fellowship Centralized Application Services (RF-PTCAS) offers multiple benefits for applicants, residency/fellowship programs, and the physical therapy profession.

    RF-PTCAS:

    • Offers a simple, efficient process to apply to multiple physical therapy residency/fellowship education programs using a single web-based application.
    • Provides a standardized application form that reduces or eliminates duplicate data entry.
    • Reduces or eliminates the need for duplicate letters of reference and transcripts for those applying to more than 1 residency/fellowship program.
    • Provides program-specific admission requirements in an easy-to-find and standardized format.
    • Provides direct access to the residency/fellowship program application that is separate from other degrees or disciplines offered by the sponsoring organization or institution.
    • Provides a real-time status tool so that applicants may check the status of their RF-PTCAS application, transcripts, and letters of reference online at any time.
    • Offers applicants an online checklist, admission requirement summaries, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help them more easily navigate the complexities of the residency/fellowship admissions process.
    • Decreases the number of applicant errors and omissions through the use of validation rules in the web application and the transcript verification processes.
    • Allows applicants to access the application and the transcript verification process.
    • Allows applicants to access the application from any computer with internet access and a standard browser. Applicants can close and reopen the application as often as desired prior to submission.
    • Facilitates applications to a broader array of residency/fellowship programs, which may increase the likelihood that qualified applicants will enroll in a residency/fellowship program.
    • Provides the applicant 1 point of contact for all RF-PTCAS customer support needs.
    • Provides an online message center that displays RF-PTCAS e-mails sent to the applicant. This tool protects against lost e-mails due to spam filters.
    • Facilitates the application fee payment process by allowing applicants to make online credit card payments through a secure website using a real-time payment system (VeriSign).
  • Last Updated: 10/26/2017
    Contact: academicservices@apta.org