Direct Admission (Freshman-level of entry) | Doctor of Physical Therapy

The direct admission information provided on this page is for future Carroll Fall 2019 freshman.

What is Direct Admission?

Individuals with direct admission status matriculate directly from high school into the pre-professional and professional phase of the DPT program. 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 and participate in activities in the Physical Therapy Program. To advance into the professional phase of the program in their senior year, direct admission students must satisfy the pre-professional progression standards outlined in the catalog year they entered Carroll by the end of spring semester junior year at the university. Download a PDF of current progression standards. Direct admission students earn a 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.

Who can apply for Direct Admission?

Only high school seniors can apply for direct admission status.

How can I be evaluated for Direct Admission?

Step 1: Apply to Carroll University and list Physical Therapy as your major.

Evaluation and 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.

Step 2: Choose a direct admission notification timeline.

Upon acceptance to Carroll University, you will receive an email asking your direct admission timeline preference. You have two options for physical therapy direct admission, both of which are non-binding:

Step 3: Secure 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

August 1, 2019
The Carroll University Physical Therapy ED and RD survey will be available to students with general acceptance to Carroll (survey is sent via email).

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 7, 2019
PT Campus Visit Day available to students with direct admission acceptance. Date TBA.

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.

What majors are approved as Fall 2019 pre-physical therapy undergraduate majors?

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

When should I apply for progression into Year I of the Professional Phase of the DPT Program?

Direct admission students should submit their application and admission materials for progression during fall semester of their junior year at Carroll if previously approved for 3+3 direct admission or in their senior year for approved 4+3 direct admission.

The deadline for current Carroll direct admission students is in mid-December. All applicants must comply with all progression requirements and complete and submit the required admission credentials to the Graduate Admission Office by mid-December.

How do I apply for progression into Year I of the DPT Program?

Below are step by step instructions as to how to applying for progression to Year I of the professional phase.

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
    •  4+3 AT to DPT 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 file

Upon completion of STEP 1: Online Graduate Application, you may track your admission documents via the portal. Go to: MY.CARROLLU > LOGIN > ADMISSIONS TAB > GRADUATE HOME > VIEW MY ADMISSION STATUS

Submit supplemental application materials to:

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

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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