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Physical Therapy Direct Admission: (Freshman-level of entry)

The information provided on this page is for future Carroll Fall 2017 freshman.

What is Direct Admission?

Individuals with direct admission status matriculate directly from high school into the pre-professional and professional phase of the DPT program. The pre-professional phase includes the freshman, sophomore and junior years at the University. If a student with direct admission status meets all progression standards after his or her junior year at the University, he or she transitions directly into the professional phase of the DPT Program in the senior year.

During their freshman, sophomore and junior years at the University, direct admission students earn credits toward undergraduate degrees in existing Carroll majors which have a pre-physical therapy emphasis and participate in activities in the Physical Therapy Program. To advance into the professional phase of the program in their senior year, direct admission students must satisfy the pre-professional progression standards outlined in the catalog year they entered Carroll by the end of spring semester junior year at the university. Current progression standards may be found here. Direct admission students earn a bachelor's degree at the end of the fourth year of study and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the end of the sixth year.

Who can apply for Direct Admission?

Only high school seniors can apply for direct admission status.

How can I be evaluated for Direct Admission?

STEP 1: Apply to Carroll University and List Physical Therapy as Your Major

Evaluation and notification of general acceptance takes approximately 1–3 weeks and is done on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students accepted to Carroll who list Physical Therapy as their major are automatically considered for direct admission into the DPT program.

  • Complete your free application to Carroll University at or
  • List physical therapy as your major on your Carroll application and provide your personal email address
  • Submit all remaining general admission credentials, which include:
    • Official high school transcripts through the sixth semester
    • ACT or SAT exam record
    • High school counselor report form
    • It is highly suggested that you send your senior class schedule to either your admission counselor and/or include it with your general admission materials.
    • If you are considering a career in physical therapy, it is recommended that you pass the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, two years of a foreign language and three years of mathematics. Additional suggested courses include physics, anatomy and physiology, calculus, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, etc.

STEP 2: Choose a Direct Admission Decision Option

Upon acceptance to Carroll University, you will receive an email asking for your direct admission preference. You have two options for physical therapy direct admission:

  • Physical Therapy Early Decision (ED)
    Starting Nov. 1, 2016, ED applicants will start to receive direct admission acceptance notifications on a rolling basis. The ED option is available through Feb. 1, 2017. If you select ED and are offered a direct admission seat, the intent to enroll and a $400 deposit—$200 for general admission (refundable through May 1) and $200 PT program deposit (non-refundable)— must be submitted to secure your direct admission seat by Feb. 24, 2017.
  • Physical Therapy Regular Decision (RD)
    Starting March 1, 2016, RD applicants may start to receive offers if seats are available. The intent to enroll and a $400 deposit—$200 for general admission (refundable through May 1) and $200 PT program deposit (non-refundable)—must be submitted by May 1. Candidates offered direct admission after May 1 have ten business days from the time of acceptance to submit their intent to enroll and $400 deposit.

STEP 3: Secure Your Direct Admission Seat

Submit your intent to enroll and deposit to secure your direct admission seat. Physical therapy direct admission applicants will be notified of their direct admission status via mail and email (see timeline for details).

Physical Therapy Admission Timeline

July 1, 2016 Carroll University application period opens. If you list Physical Therapy (PT) as your major, you will automatically be considered for direct admission to the DPT program. Upon acceptance to Carroll, you will select early decision or regular decision for PT admission. Details for both options are above.
November 1, 2016 Early decision candidates will start to be notified of direct admission decisions.
December 9, 2016 PT Campus Visit Day available to students with direct admission acceptance.
February 1, 2017 Deadline for PT early decision consideration.
February 24, 2017 Deadline for all PT early decision accepted students to secure their direct admission seat.
March 1, 2017 Candidates who selected regular decision may start to receive acceptance offers (space permitting) or will receive status updates.
May - August, 2017 Additional direct admission acceptance notifications may be offered to early decision wait list candidates and regular decision candidates as space permits prior to the start of the Fall 2017 term. Candidates must submit their intent and deposit within 10 business days from the time of acceptance.


What majors are approved as Fall 2016 pre-physical therapy undergraduate majors?


Phase I Direct Admission Application for Progression: (Current Carroll Students)

When should I apply for progression into Phase I of the Professional Phase of the DPT Program?

Direct admission students should submit their application and admission materials for progression during fall semester of their junior year at Carroll if previously approved for 3+3 direct admission or in their senior year for approved 4+3 direct admission.

The deadline for current Carroll direct admission students is in mid-December. All applicants must comply with all progression requirements and complete and submit the required admission credentials to the Graduate Admission Office by mid-December.

How do I apply for progression into Phase I of the DPT Program?

Below are step by step instructions as to how to applying for progression to Phase I of the professional phase. Please carefully read the Professional Phase Admission Instructions, Requirements, and Supplemental Forms (pdf download) outlined in STEP 2 below.

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies Online Application (
STEP 2: Complete and submit all Supplemental Application Instructions and Materials (pdf download)
STEP 3: Submit Official GRE Record to Carroll University (School Code 1101, Dept. Code 0619)

Track your admission file

Upon completion of STEP 1: Online Graduate Application, you may track your admission documents via the portal. Go to: MY.CARROLLU > LOGIN > ADMISSIONS TAB > GRADUATE HOME > VIEW MY ADMISSION STATUS

Submit supplemental application materials to:

Carroll University Office of Admission
100 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186

How do I track my observation/volunteer hours completed under a licensed PT?

Please document observation hours on the Clinical Experience Documentation Form (pdf download).

Admission Questions

Please contact Lori Aliota, Director of Graduate Admission, at 262-524-7226 or email

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program admits qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability that does not interfere with the performance of professional physical therapy practice as provided by law. Applications and credentials for admission to the physical therapy program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission. Decisions are made on applications by selection committees in the program, and applicants are notified through the Office of Admission.

Admission and standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and or certification needs.


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