The Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) has released a new personal essay prompt for the 2016-2017 application cycle. As the school year winds down and the application portal is scheduled to open on June 30th, hopefully you have started writing your statement (remember: submit early for rolling deadlines!).
While I have written some guidelines to help you write your personal statement, I want to be sure that you don’t forget to discuss a KEY point in your personal statement for physical therapy school:
Explain why you want to become a physical therapist!
Here is the big challenge: not only are you expected to answer the prompt, but you need to use your experiences to explain your passion for the physical therapy profession.
You could write the most insightful essay about professionalism as a student in a DPT program, yet still completely miss the mark by failing to explain why you're applying at all. On the other hand, you could write the most meaningful personal essay that addresses why you want to become a physical therapist, but without answering the prompt, you will be leaving huge question marks for the admissions officers:
Does this candidate even know what it means to be a professional as a student in a doctor of physical therapy program?
The most effective personal statement should address both the prompt and your underlying motivation to join the physical therapy profession. Take your time with this piece: reflect, rewrite and revisit. This personal statement can have a tremendous impact on your professional future—be sure to make it count.