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Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about Physical Therapy:

What do physical therapists do?

Physical therapy is the care and services provided by, or under the direct supervision of, a physical therapist. To practice physical therapy, students must:

Physical therapists are rehabilitation professionals who:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical ability.
  • Restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function and wellness.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms and progression of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities resulting from disease or injury.
  • Collaborate with other health care providers.
  • Consult, educate, critical inquiry, administration
  • Direct and supervise PT services by support personnel.

What makes Carroll University's Physical Therapy Department unique?

Professional preparation is in the basic sciences, behavioral sciences, applied sciences, health sciences and the science of physical therapy. The curriculum prepares students to examine, evaluate, diagnose, make prognoses and provide interventions to prevent the onset, symptoms and progression of impairments, functional limitations and disabilities that might result from diseases, disorders or injuries. In addition to traditional course work described above, the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program offers students opportunities for simultaneous application of didactic knowledge and hands-on skills through the Teaching Laboratory Practice (TLP).

The TLP is a teaching innovation designed by the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program faculty. It is a three-course sequence students enroll in during each on-campus semester in Phase II of the professional program. The focus of the Teaching Laboratory Practice is to provide students with real-life, hands-on experiences that develop patient and practice management skills, as well as the behaviors and attributes of a professional. These skills are advanced through field experiences two mornings per week and through weekly grand rounds discussions when students and faculty reflect on TLP events for the week in a collegial manner to reinforce key physical therapy concepts and skills. The field experiences give students the opportunity to apply course content and develop clinical skills, while providing wellness services as well as physical therapy services to individuals the community. The program collaborates with several community partners including, but not limited to, The Girl Scouts, Waukesha County Senior Services, Interfaith, Curative Rehabilitation, Waukesha Department of Parks and Recreation and the YMCA to evaluate clients and prescribe wellness and prevention programs. In addition, the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program operates a Faculty Clinical Practice where students, under faculty supervision, treat a wide variety of patients from the community who need physical therapy services. The Teaching Laboratory Practice is frequently cited by our students as a unique strength of the program that helps prepare the students for clinical internships and future clinical practice.

The Teaching Laboratory Practice is an extension of the integrated nature of the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program's commitment to hands-on, experiential learning. Clinical internships reflect this commitment as well. At Carroll, clinical internships begin after one and one-half semesters in Phase II. So, only five months after beginning the graduate school phase of the professional program, students participate in a full-time (40 hours/week) 7-week clinical internship. Students then spend every other semester on full-time 14-week clinical internships culminating in the terminal internship, for a total of 35 weeks of clinical affiliations. Thus, clinical education within the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program is integrated throughout the curriculum through clinical internships and through the Teaching Laboratory Practice, reflecting the active learning philosophy we emphasize.

What is the examination pass rate?

The National Physical Therapy Examination Pass Rate is 99.2%.

What is Carroll University's job placement rate?

Carroll job placement rate is 100%.

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