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Physical Therapy 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 for and Receive General Acceptance to Carroll

  • It's FREE to apply! Complete your application to Carroll University. Remember... List "PHYSICAL THERAPY" as your major choice and provide your personal email address on the application.
  • Submit all remaining admission credentials, including: official high school transcripts through the 6th semester, your ACT or SAT and high school report form. Evaluation and notification of general acceptance generally takes 1-3 weeks and is done on a rolling basis.

STEP 2: Complete the Net Price Calculator (Optional)

  • Receive a quick and accurate cost estimate for Carroll with immediate results! Carroll will honor all Net Price Calculator (NPC) results provided the information on the NPC is the same as on the FAFSA.

STEP 3: Apply for Physical Therapy Direct Admission (February 1, 2016 Deadline)

  • Apply for direct admission by the deadline date! Students indicating "PHYSICAL THERAPY" on the General Admission Application will receive notification directing them to Carroll's online High School Physical Therapy Direct Admission Application. Candidates may apply for Early Decision (ED) or Regular Decision (please see 'Step 4' for ED and regular decision details). Notification will be sent via:
    • Acceptance letter
    • Physical therapy faculty letter
    • Email notification
    • Online portal access via under the Accepted Student "My Documents"
  • Send in your Senior Year Course Schedule to either your admission counselor and/or include it with your general application materials. To be considered for Direct Admission to the DPT Program, the following high school courses are recommended, with grades of "C" or better:
    • 1 Year of Biology
    • 1 Year of Chemistry
    • 2 Years of Foreign Language
    • 3 Years of Mathematics
    • 1 Year of Physics
    • Other suggested courses include: anatomy & physiology, calculus, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.

STEP 4: Receive and Secure Your Direct Admission Seat

  • Submit your intent to enroll and deposit to secure your direct admission seat (see below for details).
  • Physical therapy direct admission applicants will be notified of their direct admission status via mail and email (see timeline below). The status notifications consist of an acceptance, denial or wait list.
  • Physical Therapy Direct Admission Early Decision (ED) - applicants who indicate ED on their PT direct admission application and are accepted for direct admission must submit their intent and $400 required deposit to secure their PT direct admission seat within ten business days from the date of acceptance. The deposit is composed of a $200 general admission (refundable through May 1st) and $200 PT program deposit that is non-refundable.
  • Physical Therapy Direct Admission Regular Decision applicants who indicate Regular Decision on their application will receive offers starting May 1st, space permitting, and if admitted must submit their intent and required $400 deposit within ten business days from the date of acceptance.


September 1, 2015 Direct Admission Application opens for Fall 2016 first-time freshman (ED and Regular Decision)
February 1, 2016 Deadline for all direct admission applications (ED and Regular Decision)
February 15, 2016 1st round of admission decisions sent to PT direct admission ED applicants
February 29, 2016 Intent and deposit due for 1st round ED accepted candidates (10 business day grace period to secure seat)
March to August 2016 Additional direct admission acceptance notifications may be offered to wait list candidates as space permits and prior to the start of the Fall 2016 term. Regular Decision applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions starting May 1st, space permitting


What majors are approved as Fall 2016 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 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, 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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