Admission Process | Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Carroll University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program offers three different admission paths to fill its 80-seat, entry-level program. The types of entry into the professional phase of the program include direct admission, competitive admission, and prior degree admission. Choose the admission option that best applies to your situation.

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Admission Paths

Path One: Direct Admission


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.

Path Two: Competitive Admission

Competitive admission applies to first-time freshman and transfer applicants who do not receive direct admission as a high school student. Competitive candidates who earn sixty or more credits at Carroll and have the intention of receiving or have received a Carroll bachelor's degree receive a mathematical advantage in the graduate level review process. Competitive candidates also have the option of completing their undergraduate and DPT studies at an accelerated six-year completion rate.

Path Three: Prior Degree Admission

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

This admission process is for those with an undergraduate degree at an institution outside of Carroll. Candidates are reviewed in the competitive review process with Carroll competitive admission students. Prior degree applicants are required to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Please reference for more information.


Please direct questions about admission to:
Mailing address: 
Carroll University (Attn: Admission Office)
100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186

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