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Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: Admission
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.

Students can enter the physical therapy program in one of three ways:
  • Direct admission
  • Non-Direct Admission
  • Non-Traditional Admission

  1. 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. 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. Note: Only high school seniors can apply for direct admission status.

    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 during their freshman, sophomore and junior years at the university.

      Pre-Physical Therapy Approved Undergraduate Majors
      Athletic Training**
      Exercise Science

      **All the Pre-Physical Therapy program majors take six years for completion of the DPT, with the exception 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.

    Please follow these steps to be considered for Direct Admission:
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Apply for Physical Therapy Direct Admission: Feb. 3, 2014, 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.
    • 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. Secure an approved Direct Admission seat by submitting Intent to Enroll Form and Deposit. 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 deposit. The deposit consists of a $200 PT program deposit (non-refundable) and a $200 university confirmation deposit (refundable until May 1).
    • Timeline:
    September 1, 2013   Direct Admission Application is available for fall 2014 first-time freshmen
    February 3, 2014   Deadline for all direct admission applications
    February 17, 2014   First round of status notifications are sent to PT direct admission applicants (accepted, denied and wait listed)
    February 27, 2014   Deposit due for first round accepted candidates (10-day grace period to deposit with intent to enroll)
    March to August 2014   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 2014 semester.
  2. Non-Direct Admit Student Option: Students not selected for direct admission will follow the non-direct admission process. Examples include high school students not selected for direct admission, undergraduate transfer students, Carroll alumni, and direct admission students who did not meet progression standards. Applicants who complete 60 or more undergraduate degree credits and will earn a bachelor's degree from Carroll receive a calculated preference in consideration for the professional phase of the program.

    Non-direct admission students may apply to the professional phase of the DPT program during their junior year at Carroll and follow the progression standards outlined in their undergraduate catalog to apply to the professional phase. Other non-direct admit students must follow the professional phase admission process instructions for the admission cycle to which they apply.
  3. Non-Traditional Student Option: For students planning to apply to the Physical Therapy Program following the completion of their undergraduate degree at an outside institution, please refer to the Graduate Catalog Physical Therapy Program Admission Section for the Non-Traditional Student requirements and prerequisites for admission or view the professional phase admission process below.

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

Professional Phase Admission Process:
Direct admission, Non-direct admission and Non-traditional applicants requesting progression or applying to Phase I of the Professional Phase of the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must comply with all prerequisites and complete and submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admission Office by the designated deadline date(s):



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