Responsibility Personal Essay Outline

Use your own words to create a personal essay that responds to the question below.

What is professionalism in the context of being a student in a doctor of physical therapist degree program?

You cannot make edits to your personal statement after you have submitted your application to PTCAS. Your personal statement will be sent to all PTCAS programs to which you apply, and so you should not personalize it to any specific program. PTCAS staff will not review your essay response for grammar or content.

Technical Requirements

You are limited to approximately 1 page (4,500 characters, including spaces). Some formatting characters used in programs such as Word (angled quotes, accents, special characters, bold, underline, or italics) will not display properly. Therefore, PTCAS recommends that text be copied and pasted into the web form from a plain text editor such as Notepad, rather than Word.



In 500 words or less, write about one of the following topics. Please note: these prompts are the same as the Common Application Essay Topics:

Topic 1

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

Topic 2

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Topic 3

Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Topic 4

Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

Topic 5

Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Topic 6

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Topic 7

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

You will be prompted to include your essay when completing the online application. Please type your essay and include it as a part of your Application for Undergraduate Admissions. If emailing, mailing or faxing your essay, include your name, birthdate, and the date on the essay. This essay will be used as an important document in scholarship consideration.

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