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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, promotion of optimal physical function.¹

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 Department

The Carroll University Entry-level Physical Therapy department 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 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. Athletic training direct admission students may complete the program in a total of seven years, earning both a bachelor's and a DPT.


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

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