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Mission Statement

The aim of the Entry-Level Physical Therapy Program at Carroll is to produce clinicians, trained for general practice in a dynamic health care environment, who provide best care, respectful of patient/client values, grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and who contribute to the profession and their community. To achieve the program’s aim, the program and its individuals demonstrate effective teaching, scholarship, clinical practice, and service to the university, profession and community.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapists are college graduates, take a national examination and must be licensed by the state in which they practice.

What do Physical Therapists do?

Physical therapists:

  • 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.

Introducing the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program




The Carroll University Entry-level Physical Therapy program consists of a six-year course of study, divided into two phases. The pre-professional phase consists of the freshman, sophomore and junior years when students pursue their undergraduate bachelor's degree while the professional phase includes the senior year and two years of graduate study allowing the student to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in a total of six years.

1Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd ed. American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria VA, 2003:S13

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