The APTA has introduced the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) for prospective PT students and professional-education programs, a Web-based tool that streamlines the application process.

Applicants can use a single, Web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs.

"PTCAS is first and foremost a benefit to prospective physical therapist students," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "Applicants have requested this type of service to help ease the variable and distinctive processes of applying to individual programs and we are excited to be making this tool available."

The service promotes the profession and an array of educational programs, and provides applicant data for institutional, regional, and national analysis. It does not, however, determine whether applicants have met PT-program requirements or are eligible for admission.

About one-third of all professional PT programs recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education will participate in PTCAS during the 2008-09 admissions cycle, which began August 1.

For more information on the service, visit its Web site.