Prospective Students

Admissions Timeline

APPLY EARLY! It can take up to 4-5 weeks for PTCAS to process and verify your application after it's been submitted.

Date Action Item
June 15, 2022

PTCAS and UCSF Supplemental Applications open

  1. READ the PTCAS instructions and UCSF/SFSU application requirements!
  2. Create a new PTCAS application account.
  3. Check the box authorizing PTCAS to release your name and contact information prior to e-submitting your application.
  4. Select UCSF/SFSU as one of your school designations
  5. Configure your email account to ensure messages from the following email addresses do not get filtered into your Spam/Junk Mail folders:
    1. [email protected]
    2. [email protected]
    3. [email protected]
    4. [email protected]
  6. Create a UCSF Supplemental Application account.
  7. BOTH applications must be submitted in order to be eligible for admission. If either application is missing your submission will be marked as incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission into the program.

September 1, 2022

All official transcripts should be sent to PTCAS

  1. Complete the "Institutions Attended" section first by listing every institution you attended.
  2. Follow instructions for submitting transcripts directly to PTCAS (see PTCAS Applicant Help Center)
  3. Enter ALL of your US college courses exactly as they appear on your transcripts. Do not enter your courses from memory.

It can take up to 4-5 weeks for PTCAS to process and verify your transcripts. We cannot review your application until it is verified by PTCAS.

September 15, 2022

UCSF Supplemental Application payment due if paying by check or requesting a fee waiver

​If you are paying by check, the UCSF Graduate Division must confirm receipt of the payment before you will be able to submit the application. The Graduate Division will notify you of the status of your payment by e-mail and when you will be able to submit the application. Checks must be postmarked no later than September 15. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to pay electronically by credit card if possible.

UCSF Supplemental Application Fee Waivers

Certain applicants may qualify to have their application fee waived. Request this waiver by selecting the "application fee waiver" option in the payment area of the online application.

Status of fee waiver application

We will notify you of our fee waiver decision by e-mail. If we approve your fee waiver, please submit your application once you have completed all sections.

For further information on applying for a fee waiver, contact Doug Carlson, Registrar, [email protected].

Fee waiver requests must be entered into your UCSF Supplemental Application no later than September 15th.

October 3, 2022

PTCAS and UCSF Supplemental Application Deadline.

11:59pm Eastern Time for PTCAS and 11:59pm Pacific Time for UCSF Supplemental Application.

BOTH applications must be submitted in order to be eligible for admission. If either application is missing your submission will be marked as incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission into the program.




Check Your Application Status Online!

The program does not send application confirmation emails as applicants may view their application status by logging onto to their PTCAS and UCSF Supplemental applications.

  1. Log in to your PTCAS application and select the "STATUS" menu option to check the real-time status of all application materials due by the application deadline:
    1. All Official Transcripts
    2. References/letters of recommendation (3 letters, at least 1 must be from a licensed PT)
    3. Verified PT clinical observation hours (Recommended minimum of 100 hours. All observation hours should be electronically verified.)
    4. Your application must be “verified” by PTCAS in order for our program to review it (see Verification). The Admissions Committee is unable to review your application until it is verified. It is the applicant’s responsibility to work with PTCAS in case of any delays.
  2. Log in to your UCSF supplemental application and you should see  that your application has been completed and submitted.
December 2022 Notification of  Interview Status
January 2023 Interviews
January 2023 Notification of Application Decision
June 2, 2023 Anticipated New Student Orientation (Mandatory)
June 5, 2023 Anticipated First Day of Instruction

Student Disability Services

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. Student Disability Services (SDS) is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit the website for more information.

Student Success at UCSF

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.

Our Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is jointly offered by the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University. The three-year DPT program prepares collaborative professionals in physical therapy who are committed to patient care, education, and the application of research to clinical practice.


Outreach Programs

UCSF and SFSU participate in outreach events targeted to ensure a diverse student body in the DPT program. These programs include:


Please email [email protected].

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 is part of the Higher Education Act. The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure that students, prospective students, parents and employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus and campus security procedures.