The following essay question is required for the PTCAS application: Every person has a story that has led them to a career. Since there are a variety of health professions that “help” others, please go beyond your initial interaction or experience with physical therapy, and share the deeper story that has confirmed your decision to specifically pursue physical therapy as your career.
The essay has a 4,500 character limit.
Keep your topic general: Follow the prompt in this section to write your statement. Keep the statement general as this essay is sent to all the programs you apply to. If you plan to only apply to one program, we still strongly recommend keeping your statement general in case you later apply to additional programs. Once you submit your application, the essay cannot be edited or changed.
Do not exceed the maximum length: You can see both the word and character count below the field in the application. The right-hand number shows the maximum number of characters that you can use in your essay. As you type, you can see how many characters are still available and the associated word count. Characters include spaces, carriage returns, and punctuation. You cannot save your essay if it exceeds the character limit.
Use your own words: Plagiarizing any part of your essay is a violation of the code of conduct and may subject you to sanctions.
Use simple formatting: Formatting such as tabs, italics, multiple spaces, etc., will not be saved. To delineate paragraphs, type a double return between each paragraph.
-In this essay, I would like to include that the main reason for applying for physical therapy school is that I got injured from playing volleyball and the only way to cure my twisted ankle is to go to a physical therapist. At that time, I did not understand how important it is and I did not go so until today it hurts me if I did a wrong movement. I want to become a physical therapist to help people return to their normal movements if they got injured while working, slip and fall, or if they made an accident. I like activities and I play volleyball constantly while practicing yoga so I like all body movements and I find it very interesting to learn about all body parts. I worked in a physical therapy office because I love the field so much and one of the things that made me more interested in becoming a physical therapist is that there was a patient that came to the office in a wheelchair and after several visits, she was able to walk in the clinic without a wheelchair. This story made me more interested on become a physical therapist to help people get back to normal movements. It took me a long time to finally know what I am really passionate about and I am trying to use all the opportunities like working as a front desk receptionist in a physical therapy office to be able to learn, improve and get more experiences in this field. First, I wanted to become a dentist because I like teeth but being specialized in only one part of the body was not a thing that I was interested in because I like all body parts and I could not see myself doing it every day. I had to change my major and it was a hard decision because it will cost me money and time but I did not mind because I really like it and I am putting it in front of me as the main goal to keep me motivated.