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Direct Admission: (Freshman-level of entry)

What is Direct Admission?

Individuals with direct admission status matriculate directly from high school into the pre-professional phase of the program. The pre-professional phase includes the Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years at the University pursuing the 3+3 approved major options. If a student with direct admission status meets all progression standards after his or her junior year at the University, he or she transitions into the professional phase of the DPT Program. This option allows students to earn an undergraduate bachelor's degree as well as the entry-level DPT degree in a six-year time frame.

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.

Individuals with direct admission status who are approved for the 4+3 athletic training pre-physical therapy major will transition into the professional phase of the DPT program after the senior year is completed and must satisfy the pre-professional progression standards outlined in the catalog year they entered Carroll by the end of their senior year at the university. The DPT program comprises seven total years of study for students who are directly admitted (freshman level of entry) with the **Athletic Training Pre-PT major.

**see approved majors section below

Who can apply for Direct Admission?

Only high school seniors can apply for direct admission status.

How do I apply for Direct Admission?

Please complete the following steps to be considered for Direct Admission:

STEP 1: Apply to Carroll University for General Admission

  • Evaluation and notification of general acceptance generally takes 1-3 weeks and is done on a rolling basis
  • Complete the Undergraduate Application Form
  • List "PHYSICAL THERAPY" as major of choice on application and provide personal email address on the application

STEP 2: Optional - Complete the Carroll University Net Price Calculator

  • View a quick and accurate estimate with immediate results. Carroll will honor all NPC results provided the information on the NPC is the same as on the FAFSA.

STEP 3: Receive Acceptance to Carroll University

  • To be considered for direct admission to Carroll University's DPT Program, the following minimum high school courses are recommended, with grades of C or better. Important: include senior course schedule with general application materials
    • 1 year of Biology
    • 1 year of Chemistry
    • 2 years of Foreign Language
    • 3 years of Mathematics
    • 1 year of Physics

STEP 4: Apply for Physical Therapy Direct Admission: February 2, 2015 deadline

  • Upon general acceptance to Carroll, the High School Physical Therapy Direct Admission Application will be available online. Students indicating "PHYSICAL THERAPY" on the general Carroll University Admission Application will receive notification directing them to Carroll's online High School Physical Therapy Direct Admission Application.

STEP 5: Receive Direct Admission Decision

  • All physical therapy direct admission applicants will be notified of their status via mail and email in February (see timeline below). The status notifications consist of an acceptance, denial or wait list status.

STEP 6: Secure an approved Direct Admission Seat

  • Important: All applicants who receive a physical therapy direct admission acceptance notification must secure their seat within 10 business days from the date of direct admission acceptance.
  • To secure your seat, submit your Intent to Enroll Form with a $400 total deposit. The deposit consists of a $200 DPT program deposit and a $200 university confirmation deposit (refundable until May 1).

Direct Admission First-Time Freshman Timeline:

September 2, 2014 Direct Admission Application is available for fall 2015 first-time freshmen
February 2, 2015 Deadline for all direct admission applications
February 16, 2015 First round of acceptance notifications are sent to PT direct admission applicants
February 27, 2015 Deposit due for first round accepted candidates (10-day grace period to deposit with intent to enroll)
March to August 2015 Wait listed applicants may be notified of status updates Space permitting, additional direct admission acceptance notifications might be offered to wait list candidates until the class is full prior to the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

What majors are approved as Fall 2015 pre-physical therapy undergraduate majors?

**All of the Pre-Physical Therapy Program majors take six-years for completion of the DPT, with the exceptions of Athletic Training, which takes seven-years for completion. Space is limited for the athletic training track. Students not granted a spot in the athletic training track will automatically be considered for an alternate six-year major.


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 prerequisites 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 Fall 2015 Professional Phase Admission Instructions, Requirements, and Supplemental Forms outlined in STEP 2 below.

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies Online Application (
STEP 2: Complete and submit all Supplemental Application Instructions and Materials
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.

Admission Questions

Please contact Lori Aliota, Associate 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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