Direct Admission (High School) | Doctor of Physical Therapy

The direct admission information provided on this page is for high school seniors applying to be freshmen in fall 2020.

What is Direct Admission?

Direct admission opportunities are available to high school seniors only. Individuals with direct admission status matriculate directly from high school into the pre-professional and professional phase of the DPT program, provided they meet progressions standards. 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 directly into the professional phase of the DPT Program in the senior year.

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. Direct admission students earn their bachelor's degree at the end of the fourth year of study and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the end of the sixth year.

Applying for Physical Therapy Direct Admission

Apply to Carroll University and list Physical Therapy as your major.

Notification of general acceptance takes approximately 1–3 weeks and is done on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students accepted to Carroll who list Physical Therapy as their major are automatically considered for direct admission into the DPT program.

Direct Admission Timeline

There are two options for physical therapy direct admission, both of which are non-binding:

Physical Therapy Early Decision (ED) – suggested option

Physical Therapy Regular Decision (RD)

Accept Your Direct Admission Seat

Submit your intent to enroll and deposit to secure your direct admission seat. Physical therapy direct admission applicants will be notified of their direct admission status via mail and email (see timeline for details).

Physical Therapy Admission Timeline

November 1, 2019
PT Early decision candidates will start to be notified of direct admission decisions. Offers will be made on a rolling basis. Additional offers will go out in early December, January and February for ED candidates. Note: Selecting early decision does NOT limit you from applying or considering other physical therapy programs.

December 6, 2019 and February 21, 2020
PT Campus Visit Day available to students with direct admission acceptance.

February 25, 2020
Deadline for PT early decision accepted students to secure their direct admission seat.

March 1, 2020
Candidates who selected regular decision may start to receive acceptance offers or status updates (space permitting). Status updates, including PT wait list and denials will be provided.

March – August, 2020
Additional direct admission acceptance notifications may be offered to early decision wait list candidates and regular decision candidates as space permits prior to the start of the Fall 2020 term.

Pre-Physical Therapy Majors

Current Carroll Direct Admission Students | Application for Progression into the DPT Professional Phase Year I

Applying for progression into Year I of the Professional Phase of the DPT Program

Direct admission students should submit their application and admission materials during fall semester of their junior year at Carroll. The deadline is in mid-December.

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies application
STEP 2: Complete and submit all supplemental application forms
3+3 Direct Admission Supplemental Forms and Progression Instructions
STEP 3: Submit Official GRE Record to Carroll University (School Code 1101, Dept. Code 0619)

Track Your Admission


Submit supplemental application materials to:

Carroll University Office of Admission
100 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186

Reference letters:

Please share this link with references for submitting letters of recommendation:

How do I track my observation/volunteer hours completed under a licensed PT?

Please document observation hours on the Clinical Experience Documentation form.

Admission Questions

Please contact Jillian Groskreutz, Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission, at 262.524.7223 or email

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.

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

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