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Physical Therapy Admission Process

The Carroll University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program provides you with the opportunity to enter the physical therapy program in three ways:


    (Freshman-level of entry)

    Direct admission entry provides select incoming first-time freshmen matriculating directly out of high school an opportunity to enter directly into the graduate phase of the program and receive a guaranteed DPT seat, provided progression standards and cohort requirements are met as outlined in the Carroll University catalog. The DPT program comprises six total years of study for students who are directly admitted (freshman level of entry) with approved 3+3 majors.

    High school seniors who wish to be considered for direct admission must be accepted to Carroll and list Physical Therapy as their intended major of study. Upon acceptance to Carroll, candidates will be emailed a short survey to select their direct admission preference (Physical Therapy Early Decision - ED or Physical Therapy Regular Decision-RD).


    Non-direct admission entry is granted to first-time freshman and transfer applicants who do not receive direct admission and earn sixty or more credits at Carroll and have the intention of receiving or have received a Carroll bachelor's degree. A mathematical advantage is awarded to Carroll non-direct admission students and also have the option of completing their undergraduate and DPT studies at an accelerated six-year completion rate.


    (Students earning a bachelor's degree outside of Carroll)

    Non-traditional admission entry is designated to students who received their baccalaureate degree at an institution outside of Carroll and is reviewed in the competitive review process with non-direct admission students. Non-traditional applicants are required to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Please reference for more information.

Please click on the above admission option that best applies to your situation.

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Admission Mailing Address:

    Carroll University (Attn: Admission Office)
    100 N. East Avenue
    Waukesha, WI 53186

For more information about the DPT Program, please email

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