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Physical Therapy Program Mission Statement

The aim of the Entry-Level Physical Therapy Program at Carroll is to produce clinicians, trained for general practice in a dynamic health care environment, who provide best care, respectful of patient/client values, grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and who contribute to the profession and their community. To achieve the program's aim, the program and its individuals demonstrate effective teaching, scholarship, clinical practice, and service to the university, profession and community.

Physical Therapy Program Format

During the pre-professional phase, the freshman, sophomore and junior years, students must complete a minimum of 96 credits in their undergraduate majors with a pre-physical therapy emphasis, including all general degree and distribution requirements, while fulfilling the requirements for entrance into the professional phase.

The program's professional phase coursework is divided into two phases. During Phase I, students complete 32 credits in physical therapy program at the 400 level. Bachelor's degrees are awarded to those students satisfying all relevant college requirements at the conclusion of Phase I. In addition, students must satisfy specific academic requirements to progress in both Phase I and Phase II of the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

During Year 1 of Phase II, students take 44 credits of courses in physical therapy at the 500 level. Forty-six credits of physical therapy courses at the 600 level are taken during Year 2 of Phase II. An entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is awarded upon successful completion of Phases I and II. As part of the Phase II professional curriculum, the candidates must satisfactorily complete 35 weeks of clinical education at facilities affiliated with Carroll.

Admission to the Program

There are three options for admission to the Physical Therapy Program at Carroll University and they are described in the Admission Information page.

Pre-professional education is grounded in the liberal arts and the natural, behavioral and social and health sciences with prerequisite course work in biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.

The professional phase begins the senior year for students who attend Carroll their freshman, sophomore and junior years; for students who complete their undergraduate education at another institution, it begins after graduating with a bachelor's degree. Thus, students who attend Carroll for both their pre-professional and their professional education will graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Carroll University in six years; students who transfer to Carroll after completing undergraduate work at a different institution will require three years of study in the professional phase at Carroll to earn the DPT degree.

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